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 23, 2007

Excuses, excuses

Following in the Iain Dale school of by-election analysis, Respect has this take on Southall: "the short timescale of the election made for difficult terrain. Respect came fifth with 1.6 percent of the vote " and "The snap election was designed by New Labour to disadvantage other parties and was extremely undeomocratic [sic]. The timing of the scandalous suspension of George Galloway from parliament two days before the poll was clearly designed to affect the vote in Southall."

Carry on believing that comrades, if it makes you feel better. It will be interesting to see how you explain away losing the Shadwell Ward by-election in Tower Hamlets on 9 August if that happens (wrong kind of voters perhaps, or that old Leninist standby, "false consciousness"?).

14 Comments:

Blogger Chris Paul said...

They did incredibly badly though didn't they? Their candidate seemed alright in fact. Spoke well. Sensible enough.

They are an electoral farce rather than force.

2:32 pm, July 23, 2007

 
Blogger Sham said...

"Respect" talking about democracy.

How dare they, the Saddam loving vermin.

3:13 pm, July 23, 2007

 
Blogger el Tom said...

As if the Labour party gave two tosses about Respect...

3:23 pm, July 23, 2007

 
Anonymous Ron said...

So all that publicity for Galloway.And all the voters saw was a corrupt spiv.

3:37 pm, July 23, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Respect are so irrelevant then why even mention them? It's snide, childish and pointless for someone who seems to be trying to be seen as a worthwhile politician. Whom do you think your attitude will impress? I'd guess that you're more Tory than 'moderate Labour' at heart - and are just dying to get your snout in the trough proper.

When it comes down to it, unless you've had the strength of character to stand out against the party on a major issue such as sending the armed forces into an illegal war, I'd say your opinion is about as wet and obedient as anyone could possibly ask for. Does the lapdog want a biscuit?

4:01 pm, July 23, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"unless you've had the strength of character to stand out against the party on a major issue"

Hmmm ... have the McDonnellites ever disagreed with him? And have those who backed Cruddas spoken out against him? No? Thought not! But of course these people aren't grovelling little sycophants, are they? They're principled individuals! And those who actually agree with Blair and Brown on principle? Poodles! I just love the hypocrisy of the Left! Absolutely love it! ;)

5:18 pm, July 23, 2007

 
Anonymous Ron said...

Going into an alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood after accepting boatloads of bent cash does not make you left wing.

5:27 pm, July 23, 2007

 
Anonymous Ravi said...

Anon said
"Hmmm ... have the McDonnellites ever disagreed with him? And have those who backed Cruddas spoken out against him? No? Thought not! But of course these people aren't grovelling little sycophants, are they? They're principled individuals! And those who actually agree with Blair and Brown on principle? Poodles! I just love the hypocrisy of the Left! Absolutely love it! ;)"

Come on now be fair George was a member of the Labour party for more than 20 years. His political veiws have not strayed to far away from "traditional" labour left values. It is no wonder he has the support from the left.

Sham said

""Respect" talking about democracy.

How dare they, the Saddam loving vermin."

If you could only hear yourself. Get some help man.

8:53 am, July 24, 2007

 
Blogger Gordon's Gofer said...

dare i suggest that Respects poor performance was down to having a sihk candidiate rather than Muslim. If anyone doubted that Respect is a Muslim Community only organisation then i think the Southall by-election proves that it is just that.

11:57 am, July 24, 2007

 
Blogger grimupnorth said...

I hate the hypocrisy of Blairite sock puppets who spend hours rubbishing principled left-wingers and don't even have the honesty to say who they are. BTW I have no time for galloway, either.

3:34 pm, July 24, 2007

 
Anonymous anon 5:18 said...

Interesting how nobody's actually answered the point I was making!

I've just seen grimupnorth's website. Dear God, woman, get yourself a life! I wonder what your husband thinks of your infatuation with John McDonnell, the poor sod!

Btw, Ravi & grimupnorth, you can cliam you aren't Galloway fans all you like, the rhetoric tells a somewhat different story.

3:42 pm, July 24, 2007

 
Anonymous Ravi said...

Anon 5:18 said

"Btw, Ravi & grimupnorth, you can cliam you aren't Galloway fans all you like, the rhetoric tells a somewhat different story."

I don't believe I said I was NOT a fan. In fact I think George makes a lot of valid and interesting points about politics both here and abroad. His preformance againist the senate was appluded by yes us on the left but also some on the right (like Annabelle Goldie-Con). Despising him won't make him go away; listen what he had to say on Iraq and other issues he was not far off the mark.
By the way (or should that be BTW?) the fact you are not man/woman or some sort of asexual creature to leave your name I think tells me a lot about you. I may not agree with him, but atleast Sham has the balls to leave his name, when you decide to do the same maybe you can critise us you moron.

4:36 pm, July 24, 2007

 
Anonymous Ravi said...

I personally think it was a mistake for George to have formed his own party. He would have been an excellent force for change outside the party, maybe even being asked to rejoin one day. He has however seemed to have burned his bridges, mind you contesting against our people has not stopped us taking on a couple of ex tories and Ken Livingstone, so you never know, maybe Luke might sing his praises!!!!!!!!!!

5:14 pm, July 24, 2007

 
Blogger grimupnorth said...

As I said, anonymous posters are despicable.And seem to be getting more so.My sympathies to Chris Paul also.....

3:09 pm, July 26, 2007

 

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