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, August 20, 2007

Defender of the faith

Not only is local government in East London afflicted by Respect, and further out east, the BNP, we also have to deal with at least two varieties of Christian political movement. The more hard line one, "The Christian Party, Proclaiming Christ's Lordship" (led by Sinitta's former songwriter, the lyricist of "So Macho", Rev George Hargreaves) ran in my ward in last year's Hackney Council elections, putting out leaflets helpfully insinuating that Tony Blair was a Marxist dialectical materialist rather than a Christian, on the basis he once admitted to having read a book by Trotsky.

The other splinter group is the Christian People's Alliance which has three councillors in Newham. Perhaps that might soon become two councillors though, as one of them has been behaving in a decidedly un-Christian way, being convicted of assaulting two police officers. Whatever happened to turning the other cheek?


Anonymous Ted Harvey said...

Luke I sympathise where you are having to contend with sectarian so-called Christian types. The problem is that there is no way of entering any kind of reasoned discussion with these folkes.

Re your comment about 'un-Christian' behaviour; I'm often struck by how many of these types do have dubious backgrounds or history.

Here in Scotland, one of our 'Christian' political careerists has a history of allegiance to Ulster protestant paramilitaries before he discovered a more promising career option. He and his cohorts have a particularly nasty style of targeting individual politicians and subjecting them to vindictive intimidatory campaigns.

7:02 pm, August 20, 2007

Anonymous Katie Hanson said...

For an article about some of the Christian Party's loopier policies, see


11:15 am, August 21, 2007


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