The Labour deputy leadership contenders were on Radio 5 Live in a Radio Bloke type gimmick-laden quasi-speed dating feature. The contenders were questioned by Simon Mayo (typical question: who are your heroes?), a former Labour party member Jed (typical question: do you feel that the introduction of HIPs indicates that policies are announcement driven and implemented before being fully thought through); and Miss Wigan, whose connection to the Labour party is not clear (typical question: I want to be Miss England because I want to do work for cancer research because there’s been a lot of cancer in my family and I want to help that continue. What would you do?)
Jed didn’t like Peter. He thought he was over-rated. He didn’t like Hazel – for reasons he didn’t explain, but which do not really require explanation – she was very Hazel. He did like
Alan and Hilary (edited correction Friday, with thanks to Chris Paul’s blog)
Miss Wigan liked Hazel because she had a passion for Salford, but her favourite was Harriet, because Harriet asked her a question and would engage with young people like herself. She didn’t like Hilary, because he was too bland.
Interesting moments: Hilary (who sounds very like his father over the wireless) indicated he would vote for Alan if he wasn’t standing (because we deserved a staright answer – unlike Paxman on Newsnight); Peter reminding us again that he used to run the anti-apartheid movement; Hazel eulogising Salford; Jon answering question and indicating once again that he doesn’t want a cabinet job but wishes to re-energise the LAbour party membership; and Alan smoothly easing over disputes about post offices.
Moment of the session though was Harriet being asked by Miss Wigan what her special talent would be if she was trying to be Miss England?