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."