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, May 10, 2007

A day to be proud to be Labour

I'm not managing to come up with anything to say about Blair's announcement that doesn't sound trite or cheesy - so apologies.

A colleague from the Irish Labour Party rang me this afternoon and reminded me of conversations we had had back in 1994 at the start of all this - when European colleagues were sceptical that Labour could ever win again and we ourselves didn't believe the polls - and when just stopping the Tories trashing the country looked like an impossible dream - let alone any of the things that have been achieved. I feel we are incredibly lucky that most of what we thought would take Labour a lifetime to achieve has been done - and then some - in ten years.

As predicted, the polls today are showing people waking up to how lucky they have been to have leadership of this quality.

His success in reshaping the Labour Party into a mainstream, election-winning force is illustrated by the farce today as McDonnell and Meacher scrabble to get 44 nominations between them. There isn't any going back to the 1980s.

More prosaically, I find it a bit undignified that Harman and Hain have chosen today to do big announcements that they've hit the 44 on their deputy leadership nomination totals - this was a day for reflection about the outgoing leadership - there will be time enough for announcements about the coming contest tomorrow.

The Campaign Group seems to be as split on Deputy Leader as they are on Leader - members Dave Anderson, Mike Clapham, Bill Etherington and Bob Marshall-Andrews (!) are all now backing Hain, whilst the CLPD has endorsed Cruddas. I'm guessing we will see Cruddas, Hain and Harman engage in a Dutch auction to try to position themselves as the "left" candidate - ultimately a daft strategy as that isn't where the membership is at now.

Hazel meanwhile is on 39 - with the new ones being Jim Dowd, Frank Roy, John Heppell, Meg Munn, Tony Cunningham, Steve McCabe, Bridget Prentice and Linda Waltho.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And now John Ried. I am guessing that a lot of government and whips office members will now come out in her favour.

6:10 pm, May 10, 2007

 
Blogger HenryG said...

'I find it a bit undignified that Harman and Hain have chosen today to do big announcements that they've hit the 44 on their deputy leadership nomination totals - this was a day for reflection about the outgoing leadership - there will be time enough for announcements about the coming contest tomorrow.'

I do agree with you. But that didn't stop two cabinet members declaring for Hazel did it?

7:14 pm, May 10, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I find it a bit undignified that Harman and Hain have chosen today to do big announcements that they've hit the 44 on their deputy leadership nomination totals - this was a day for reflection about the outgoing leadership - there will be time enough for announcements about the coming contest tomorrow."

Hmmmm ... I notice that on this "day for reflection" you've chosen to blather on about Hazel Blears. Hypocrisy, eh?

8:06 pm, May 10, 2007

 
Blogger el Tom said...

"ultimately a daft strategy as that isn't where the membership is at now."

No, but it might create a transfer block. Can it be matched by Johnson and Blears on the other side? Probably. This elestion will be won in the centre.

8:19 pm, May 10, 2007

 
Blogger grimupnorth said...

unfortunately not everyone agrees with your nicey nicey middle classs view of the world as one contributor to the BBC wrote Thatcher left in tears, Blair should leave in Handcuffs!

12:50 am, May 11, 2007

 
Blogger Benjamin said...

More prosaically, I find it a bit undignified that Harman and Hain have chosen today to do big announcements that they've hit the 44 on their deputy leadership nomination totals - this was a day for reflection about the outgoing leadership - there will be time enough for announcements about the coming contest tomorrow.

Shocking. Disgraceful!

that isn't where the membership is at now.

Come to think of it, does the Labour Party actually have a membership anymore?

Methinks not..

Time for another Prescott roadshow to rope in the bemused and the stray then...

6:31 am, May 11, 2007

 
Anonymous blears for fears said...

Come on Luke you said yourself that Cruddas has a diverse appeal across the party, left and right.

Although I don't like either Hain or Harman, at least they have quite a wide spectrum of supporters. Can you say the same for Blears? Any lefties there? Or is she a factional animal just like you?

8:15 am, May 11, 2007

 
Anonymous Ian G said...

Yep, I'm sure Jon Cruddas will continue to restrict his appeal to hardened left-wingers, like erm, Tom Watson.

In fact, Jon is drawing his support from right accross the party, which is how it should be. We can't survive as either a small group of ultra-Blairites or the remnants of the campaign group.

11:30 am, May 11, 2007

 
Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

There's a difference between being inclusive and being endorsed by CLPD.

3:01 pm, May 11, 2007

 
Blogger Chris Paul said...

Won't the left be voting for Meach for DL? Or will he be punished for his foolishness in not going for DL in the first place?

6:23 pm, May 11, 2007

 
Blogger grimupnorth said...

Meach was originally going to run for both, so I believe.And I would have voted for him as Deputy......what's the problem with CLPD?????? Oh, right, they keep trying to democratise the Central Committee

2:36 pm, May 12, 2007

 
Blogger HenryG said...

But Meacher is a vain, pompous man and wouldn't want to play second fiddle to John McDonnell - albeit in contests they are unlikely to win.

4:50 pm, May 12, 2007

 

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