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.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Apocalypse now part 2

Just received, in my capacity as a CLP Membership Secretary, a resignation from the Party in protest at the attempted coup.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gordon is destroying himself. He's never been so close - or so far - from being leader. He deserves to be given the David Davis treatment.

10:42 am, September 07, 2006

 
Blogger Harry Perkins said...

Clearly you couldn't persuade him/her to "keep the faith"!

The few hardcore Blairites who would resign in the event of a "coup" are surely outnumbered by the vast army of activists who have already drifted away.

The only hope of re-energising them is a renewal of the party under a new leader - Brown being the obvious and IMHO only credible candidate.

11:21 am, September 07, 2006

 
Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

I have never more than a handful of "activists" (as opposed to paper members or armchair resolutionaries) who have drifted away because of Blair - they are a creature of mythology - and if they existed why would they be any more inspired by Brown - unless there are some policy changes he will make that he is not telling us about.

11:39 am, September 07, 2006

 
Blogger Harry Perkins said...

I have not seen an active Labour party anywhere in northern England for several years - except when there is a really serious threat of a BNP victory, and sometimes (shamefully) not even then.

As for whether Brown would make any difference, the whole point is that we will never know where Brown stands until the leadership election campaign begins.

Your challenge is tantamount to demanding that Brown starts his leadership challenge openly right away. Perhaps that would be no bad thing, since at present he has both hands tied behind his back while the likes of Byers have carte blanche.

11:58 am, September 07, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the letter and resignations are part of "Brown starts(ing)his leadership challenge" - you don't think Tom Watson etc would have moved without at least a wink from Gordon do you?

12:37 pm, September 07, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tom watson must feel a bit foolish now. i'll be selling "I chineed tom watson" and "Khalid Who?" t shirts and badges at conference

3:30 pm, September 07, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tut tut! Have you been writing letters to yourself again, Luke baby?

11:43 pm, September 07, 2006

 
Anonymous A soft socialist said...

Harry - not seen an active labour party in Northern England. Theres a very active 1 in Manchester.

12:37 am, September 08, 2006

 
Anonymous observer said...

A soft socialist said...

Harry - not seen an active labour party in Northern England. Theres a very active 1 in Manchester.


Manchester, to some of us, is not Northern England but the Midlands. But, as you're "soft" you must be a bloody southerner!

11:59 am, September 09, 2006

 

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