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, September 20, 2006

Renewing Labour

The Party is running an online consultation on Party renewal here: http://www.labour.org.uk/letstalkrenewinglabour

At the moment the comments are mainly whinging about how things are now rather than sharing best practice about how to build an active party.

There are lots of people out there who are proving that the national circumstances are not an insurmountable obstacle to building vibrant, election-winning local Labour Parties so please get posting here: http://www.labour.org.uk/letstalkrenewinglabour and share how to do it...


Blogger Peter Kenyon said...

Daer Luke

You don't seem to having much luck arousing interest in this particular subject. So I thoughts you would appreciate this comment which I posted a few days ago on that site:

"Dear Hazel,

Can you start by dropping the pretence that you are Labour Party Chair? This is a fiction invented by our current Leader. There is no such post in the Rule Book. How can anyone be expected to see Labour as an agent for change, while you continue to allow yourself to be described in this manner? You could fulfil the liaison function between Government and Party, with a massive lift in respect, if you told the Prime Minister you would prefer to be known as Minister without Portfolio, and had a brief that had been agreed openly with the NEC rather than dictated by No. 10."

1:01 am, September 21, 2006

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Peter it's a shame you have chosen to focus on an obscure argument about job titles when actually you have experience as a CLP Agent and running well-attended meetings and socials in Brownswood that might have usefully been shared.

9:14 am, September 21, 2006

Blogger Peter Kenyon said...

Dear Luke

Use of fiction by New Labour is now emblematic in the minds of the electorate.

A modest move by Hazel in the way suggested by StLP would vastly enhance the Party's reputation,as well as her own, especially if it were part of the NEC package to strengthen the governance of the Party. (i.e. wrest back control from No. 10)

If you want to know more on that subject, a copy of the NEC paper written by Dianne Hayter and considered yesterday is available on request from StLP.

10:19 am, September 21, 2006

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

I doubt more than a tiny fraction of the electorate know or care about Hazel's job title and how that post is elected or appointed. I don't necessarily disagree that Party Chair should be elected but it seemed rather odd to use a consultation about grassroots renewal to raise it.

10:38 am, September 21, 2006


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