ONLY a few streets separate the homes of Camden Town artist David Gentleman – his work includes the splendid artwork at Charing Cross Tube Station – and Primrose Hill former foreign secretary David Miliband. But a gulf seemingly exists between the two men.
Gentleman’s eloquent assessment in The Guardian today of New Labour’s often cack-handed attempts to close the chapter on Iraq underlines a difference of opinion:
David Miliband said blithely that we should forget about Iraq and “move on”, as if this calamitous, revealing and continuing misjudgment was just some unfortunate but minor blip in the past. It wasn’t. It defined New Labour and it can’t be swept under the carpet. Not only its now-discredited authors but also their surviving erstwhile colleagues, supporters and glibly bilge-spouting apologists need to be seen for what they are, not permitted now to inherit the reins as if theirs by right.
I wonder who, if he was still a ‘core voter’ for Labour, Gentleman would want as the party’s leader right now. He didn’t say in his letter. D-Mil, presumably, wouldn’t be his first preference.