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.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Memo to Neal Lawson

Neal - keep suggesting collaboration with the Lib Dems like you have here: http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/neal_lawson/2006/08/

You will find it makes both you personally and Compass as an organisation immensely popular with Labour activists and councillors who spend their time fighting the LDs at a local level. And particularly with Gordon Brown's inner circle, several of whom helped set up Lib Dem Watch.

As a benign observer of Compass I couldn't recommend a better strategy for you.


Anonymous Duncan said...

Hi Luke - rather agree with you on this (though, I suspect, for slightly different reasons). Neal Lawson's an eejit.

10:56 am, August 23, 2006

Blogger A soft socialist said...

This irritates me because compass are doing excellent stuff on the ground that will make a real difference. I will certainly be mentioning this at conference.

4:20 pm, August 23, 2006

Anonymous Duncan said...

To be fair (ish) to Lawson, it's not entirely clear what he's advocating in the linked article. He does end with his talk of a hung parliament and a 'progressive alliance'. Of course, those of us on the left of the party always used to fear that was the ultimate aim of the New Labour project anyway (and Lawson used to be part of that project, so it's not so very out of character).

Adele, I agree that there are some good people associated with Compass, and they're making some good contributions at regional conferences and the like. I'm not sure Neal Lawson is the best person to speak for them however.

4:56 pm, August 23, 2006


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