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.

Monday, July 02, 2007


From PR Week, 29 June:

"The top PRO on Harriet Harman's deputy leadership campaign ... Janice Muir ... told PR Week: "We had to create the Harman brand. We had to position her [as] radical, but we couldn't position her as leftwing."


Blogger Jackson Jeffrey Jackson said...

...or she'd have lost her backing from Gordon

10:38 am, July 02, 2007

Blogger el Tom said...

Haha, lest she may have the courage to position herself; and possibly acutally stay there...

2:01 pm, July 02, 2007

Blogger grimupnorth said...

Luke, yes it sounds inocuous. But we have learned from past mistakes. The devil, as ever, is in the detail.
Point 1: This hasn't even been discussed by the NEC, never mind approved....#just foisted on us as usual. Worst of all is.....
Proposal 5: A new contemporary issues process through which party units would be able to submit issues, following proper consultation, for consideration in the priorities ballot at Annual Conference. Each issue that succeeds in the ballot will be debated at Conference and be included in a work programme in the relevant policy commission.

What does this mean?
2. No votes at all at Conference ( so no point in going )
3.No embarrassing defeats for the leadership (no wonder Luke's a fan)
Yes, it's Welcome to Albania all over again. Not content with getting to be Leader without an election, Gordon now wants TOTAL CONTROL over the Party. Debating issues without adopting policy platforms is anti-democratic nonsense and, as the NPFs have shown time and time again, a waste of time . It's also, surprise surprise an attempt to get rid of the last pitiful shreds of Party democracy and REAL Labour policy.
Which issues have been debated in recent years at behest of CLPs and trade unions ? Iraq, railway re-nationalisation, NHS privatisation, secondary picketing and trade union rights.
Under this control freakery, any dissent would just be buried and ignored.Oh, and you could forget rule change motions too. Stifling the last vestiges of debate, as Gordon intends,, is NOT acceptable. I urge everyone to express this in the strongest possible terms on the website.

6:07 pm, July 02, 2007


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