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.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Self-serving drivel

Newly-Tory Ealing Councillor Gurcharan Singh has done a rapid make-over of his website, removing a recent post praising Tony Blair and inserting a convoluted attempt to justify his defection to the Tories.

This includes such gems as:

"we have become increasingly disillusioned with the Labour Party in Ealing primarily due to the ever more prevalent in-fighting and factionalism" which is a bit rich as my limited understanding of Ealing politics was that he was the originator of most of the in-fighting;

"councillors were being excluded from positions of cabinet and other responsible posts despite being suitably qualified" - I think that Ealing having become a Tory-controlled council was probably the reason why Labour councillors were not in the Cabinet;

It's all the fault of the nasty NEC for "imposing" (sic) an All Women Shortlist - "The last straw came when at the time of selecting of the Parliamentary candidate, despite more than 900 members, 5 of the 7 ward secretaries and 9 of the 15 Southall councillors requesting an open selection, the National Executive Council of the Labour Party decided to impose an all women short list." except a) it wasn't the last straw because he didn't resign when the AWS was agreed and b) he neglects to mention the large petition and formal GC vote by a large majority calling for an AWS;

"This slap in the face would have deprived local members of the opportunity to choose from a set of candidates whom they knew, trusted and could chose fairly to represent them." i.e. candidates called Gurcharan Singh couldn't stand;

but then the same NEC - those dastardly plotters - confused everyone by scrapping the AWS and allowing Gurcharan to be interviewed for the by-election... but "The shortlist was non-representative to say the least" i.e. did not include our hero, Gurcharan Singh.

"For the past three years, we have been continuously hounded by the leadership and remaining in the Labour party since was a measure of our resilience and staunchness to not fold at the hands of these bullies, not for their lack of trying to hasten our departure" - therefore Gurcharan has er... shown his "resilience and staunchness" by joining the Tories;

This is of course, nothing to do with careers or ambition but in fact a decision "made with a primary focus to realise benefits that will most serve the community."

Yeah, right.

11 Comments:

Blogger Chris Paul said...

Cheers for this lead Luke. I have blogged all the deleted posts.

10:46 am, July 10, 2007

 
Blogger Unity said...

Luke:

Check this out...

http://www.ministryoftruth.org.uk/2007/07/10/bigmouth-strikes-again/

11:09 am, July 10, 2007

 
Anonymous Ian G said...

I do find it strange that the NEC could offer the membership a shortlist for the by-election which didn't contain a single women, while but for an untimely death their would have had to have been a female PPC.

I wonder what the powers that be would make of a locally drawn-up shortlist that didn't have a single woman on it?

11:56 am, July 10, 2007

 
Anonymous Andrea said...

"For the past three years, we have been continuously hounded by the leadership and remaining in the Labour party since was a measure of our resilience and staunchness to not fold at the hands of these bullies, not for their lack of trying to hasten our departure" - therefore Gurcharan has er... shown his "resilience and staunchness" by joining the Tories"

he protests so much about the shortlist and then he joins a party
that didn't have a selection but a candidate imposed by CCHQ

12:14 pm, July 10, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's a scab and we're better off without him.

That's not to say the whole process couldn't have been handled better and has turned into a bit of a mess.

2:59 pm, July 10, 2007

 
Blogger Danny Boy said...

Good riddance etc.

Even if there was a shred of proof to his allegations, I do wonder at the logic of leaving in order to join a party with about as much of a democratic tradition as the House of Saud.

3:25 pm, July 10, 2007

 
Anonymous Ravi said...

What a scabby scumbag. I hope he'll be resigning his council seat.

3:26 pm, July 10, 2007

 
Blogger Chris Paul said...

Rather than resigning I think he's hoping for an exec job. And perhaps to become the first visible Sikh to be mayor twice for two different parties?

Watch and wonder over the next three years. He may veen be on a promise to supercede Lit should the young man mysteriously fail.

4:41 pm, July 10, 2007

 
Anonymous Ravi said...

That maybe but my comment still stands!

5:12 pm, July 10, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ravi your father is a scumbag!

In fact, maybe G Singh IS your father?!!

7:47 pm, July 12, 2007

 
Anonymous Ravi said...

"Ravi your father is a scumbag!

In fact, maybe G Singh IS your father?!!"

Very brave anon not leaving your name you spineless slug!
Maybe this might come as a shock to you but not all asians are related to one another you moron. Besides I am a Hindu born in Scotland to Mauritian parents, you work it out.

9:11 am, July 13, 2007

 

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