A seamless transition
The usual suspects have gone straight from bemoaning betrayal by Blair to bemoaning betrayal by Brown.
Brown tabled a fairly innocuous set of party structural proposals at the NEC meeting on the day he became leader - the document is here - designed to give members more power in policy making - which you would think would be popular:
"Proposal 1: A commitment to give greater support to local Labour Parties in holding Policy Forums and creating a duty on the NPF to better consult, engage and involve party members in policy discussions.
Proposal 2: Strengthen the NPF with a regular work plan and meeting schedule, an open and constant dialogue with ministers and a greater ability to provide feedback to party members and stakeholders.
Proposal 3: The JPC will take on an enhanced executive function in relation to the operation of the NPF and the PiP process, meeting every two months. A new group of JPC Officers will lead the committee and have regular meetings with government ministers to ensure ongoing dialogue.
Proposal 4: Annual Conference to be given a more substantial role in directing and monitoring the work of the NPF. 12 NPF representatives will be directly elected by Conference in order to reinforce the links between the two institutions in light of the new contemporary issues process.
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.
Proposal 6: The final policy documents agreed by the National Policy Forum will be the subject of an OMOV ballot.
Proposal 7: Support for local parties and Labour Groups to consult and engage their communities."
We need to think carefully about the detail of this, but the thrust is a genuine effort to give members more power over real policy making - as opposed to the meaningless political theatre of contemporary resolutions at Conference.
The knee-jerk reaction and howls of outrage from Peter Kenyon and Susan Press about this and about the new mechanisms for involving backbench MPs more in the manifesto-writing process suggests there are some in the party who are more interested in perpetuating a culture of grievance, betrayal and distrust of the leadership, just because they are the leadership, rather than taking at face value what they are trying to do.
People of a less cynical disposition can submit constructive comments via their Party MpURL.