Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics
More spin from the Compassites and their chum, veteran Bennite former leadership candidate Michael Meacher - http://www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/story/0,,1799833,00.html
They've done a YouGov poll and are making all kinds of claims about it - I was one of 600 party members who took part. Wouldn't have done if I had known who commissioned it.
In presenting the findings they ommitted one or two results that show more accurately how moderate and sensible most Labour members are. The full findings are here: http://www.yougov.com/archives/pdf/MBC060101003_2.pdf
and reveal that:
the majority of Labour members (54%) define themselves as "slightly left of centre" or "centre"
only 32% say they are "fairly left wing" (The Compass/Tribune positioning?)
and only 6% "very left wing" (i.e. Campaign Group/Bennite?)
Only 17% of members think Labour has "not much" or "not at all" stayed true to its values
15% (including me) think removing Saddam from power was one of the six most important government acheivements
48% didn't list Iraq as one of the six worst policy mistakes
Only 28% think MPs should vote against the whip (61% think they should negotiate a deal with ministers when they disagree with a policy then vote with the Government)
Only 37% want Blair to resign this year
55% think forcing a leadership contest "would be inappropriate and damaging"
66% think Blair should decide the timing of when he steps down
Reading this makes you think the left will get a very bloody nose in the next leadership and deputy leadership contests.