A search for '"Alan Johnson" economics' mainly shows today's news - neither Google nor Bing seems to allow me to exclude articles from the last 24 hours. Fortunately Bing simply isn't up to date yet, so I can find a few old articles - this speech from last October is typical, being a recital of Labour's standard policy message. The nearest thing to an economic policy statement is his speech saying there's no reason to worry about UK population growth to 70 million; and this item suggesting that the government should nationalise a dock in his constituency to stop it falling into disrepair.
But actually, Alan Johnson's economic views are irrelevant. For two reasons:
- Labour does not want to debate the Tories over economic theory. It won't change anything, and it will just take the debate onto a theoretical level in which the public is not interested. Labour's job is to wait for the Tories to make a mistake, or try to blame them for events that happen regardless.
- Alan Johnson will probably never be Chancellor, so there's no point creating a hostage to fortune. Whoever is shadowing Osborne by the next election will want the chance to lay out their own economic philosophy and that - if anything - will be the one that matters if Labour is elected in 2015.