A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Spoof Website

As someone on the receiving end of a spoof/parody website, I was concerned to see that even MPs are not immune from this phenomenon.

Over the weekend some practical joker has set up a website pretending to be Hayes & Harlington MP John McDonnell:

It's clearly not really his site as it says he is running for leader of the Labour Party, which would be funny if it wasn't too ridiculous to be even vaguely plausible.

I am however one of the 82% of the public who think he should run against Brown - http://www.john4leader.org.uk/latestnews/0002.html - as I suspect is Mr Brown himself - what more could any aspiring Labour leader want than a comedy leftwing opponent who will struggle to even get the required 44 MPs to nominate him, split the left as half of them want to back Meacher, and remind the electorate how much the Labour Party has changed since 1983?


Blogger A soft socialist said...

And give the labour party an alternative to Brown and coax many members back into the party.

2:55 pm, July 17, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adele, get a grip. I don't want people who support John McDonnel in the Labour Party.

11:39 pm, July 17, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damned right, anonymous, we sure as hell don't want anyone tainted with "socialism" in the Labour Party. Only good reliable capitalists here, please.

8:48 am, July 18, 2006

Blogger A soft socialist said...

Uh, anon, quite frankly I may care whose PM but as for the members I don't think we have the numbers at the moment to be picky about it.

11:12 am, July 18, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Any chance of Hackney North CLP passing a similar motion?


10:09 am, July 19, 2006

Anonymous Darth Vader said...

Luke, I am your father.

11:08 pm, July 19, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never mind John McDonnel, it is about time we had a real alternative to Gordon Brown. As much as I respect him I do not think that he is the right person to lead the Labour Party.

Who would people back as a real alternative?

I would put my weight behind the likes of John Reid, David Miliband and Hazel Blears.

11:14 am, July 20, 2006

Blogger A soft socialist said...

Hilary Benn

11:36 pm, July 20, 2006

Anonymous observer said...

Ha! Ha! Ha! John Reid! Ha! Ha! Ha!

Not so much a stalking horse as a nodding pantomime horse! Ha! Ha! Ha!

Thanks for the suggestion, anon, I haven't laughed like that for ages! John Reid for PM! Ha! Ha! Ha!

4:23 am, July 21, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see what you find so funny - my pantomime horse Reid is a damned site better than Luke's seaside donkey Dobson.

6:31 am, July 21, 2006

Blogger El Tom said...

It would be awesome to have McDonnell as PM. but there is this little thing in politics we have called elections. not a hope in hell=no vote from me.

12:37 am, July 24, 2006

Blogger Merseymike said...

Problem for you is that people are bored to death with 'New Labour' - they simply don't inspire any more.

1:06 am, August 04, 2006


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