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.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Mr Cruddas

Jon Cruddas is saying the results are a wake up call for Labour.

Yes they are - they are a wake up call saying pay attention to centre-ground swing voters in places like Gravesend, Dartford and Dover and ignore fruitloops who think we shouldn't have a key seats strategy.


Anonymous James said...

Luke, every seat should be a key seat. All Cruddas is saying is that we have foccussed on the Graveends, Dartfords and Dovers at the expense of everywhere else, driving our traditional supporters into their arm chairs or the BNP.

10:44 am, May 04, 2007

Anonymous Kev said...

You are very dogmatic, Luke.

Labour's results don't seem to be a disaster at this stage, but I don't really see how you can interpret them as a sign that we're not appealing enough to the "centre ground".

It comes across as uncomradely to attack Cruddas over this. Most of the time he seems to talk about internal party structure and his key party policy issue at the moment is housing. All sounds sensible stuff, not at all "fruitloop"-ish. Improving access to housing is something that would appeal to the mysterious "centre ground" as much as to our core vote.

Since you started the uncomradeliness, perhaps it's fair to point out that Hazel Blears doesn't seem to have any concrete suggestions for improving Labour's appeal. But then, she is someone who can't understand why the government is unpopular with so many people.

11:16 am, May 04, 2007

Anonymous ian kingston said...

James firstly in Thurrock Labour took seats from the Tories and kept the BNP at bay secondly we seem to be turning the tide in some traditional Labour areas eg Bradford, Lverpool Leeds and Bolton.
It was not a good night for the Lib Dems either, the one conclusion is the battle is for the middle ground .

2:17 pm, May 04, 2007

Anonymous James said...

I'm sorry but the battle should be fore EVERY GROUND. I am sick of life long loyal Labour supporters being taken for granted by ungrateful flip flopper voters who will ditch us as soon as Cameron finally gets his act together.

2:40 pm, May 04, 2007

Anonymous Jess said...

What say Luke?


12:38 am, May 05, 2007

Anonymous kev said...

Presumably Tom Watson is now a fruitloop? Or your analysis is slightly faulty?

10:48 am, May 05, 2007

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Cruddas has a unique ability to simultaneously get support from Tom and friends of mine like Theo Blackwell and formal endorsement from flatearthers like CLPD. I understand where Tom is coming from on this but it's one of the rare moments when I think he has got something badly wrong.

Having said that, I'll be putting Cruddas above Hain and Harman on the ballot paper.

11:06 am, May 05, 2007

Anonymous Mikael said...

How can you possibly portray the present results as a reminder of the importance of the "centre-ground" (which, as far as I am concerned, is made up almost exclusively of wet-Tories). Surely, the outcome of yesterday's elections are an indication to the Party Leadership that it has lost touch with its traditional supporters/voters! There's no other (honest) way to describe it!

12:49 pm, May 05, 2007

Anonymous Jo said...

"Cruddas has a unique ability to simultaneously get support from Tom and friends of mine like Theo Blackwell and formal endorsement from flatearthers like CLPD".

Exactly, Luke. That's the point. We need a Deputy Leader who can appeal across the political spectrum of our party, not just a small and sectarian set of Blairite extremists. Cruddas is brilliant and he's going to win. Delighted he now has influential Tom Watson's public endorsement.

5:33 pm, May 05, 2007


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