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.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Kind words from who?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"He's got a quality left hook."
Rt. Hon. J Prescott MP

7:21 pm, September 21, 2007

Blogger Kris said...

Your timing is, as per usual, impeccable. Let's see. What's her name? Grell? The electorate really don't enjoy this sort of gloating.

12:01 am, September 22, 2007

Blogger Merseymike said...

Grell is a disgrace.

She has been found guilty and she must be expelled from the Labour party.

Homophobia and such sheer nastiness is just not acceptable.

2:22 am, September 22, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see Luke's spin on Grell!

9:06 am, September 22, 2007

Anonymous Muckraking Likeyou said...

That would be this Grell.

12:40 pm, September 22, 2007

Anonymous Luke's former headmaster said...

I think you'll find that should be "from whom"?

12:42 pm, September 22, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grell has been suspended from the party - the rules of the party, and legal principles of natutral justice require a process of investigation by the party, and presumambly that could lead to an expulsion.

4:47 pm, September 22, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we're going to start expelling homophobes can I nominate David "Clause 28" Cameron to be one of the first?

7:45 pm, September 22, 2007

Blogger Simon said...

(1.) Grell is appealing against the conviction. This seems sensible. Most people's understanding of the phrase 'proved beyond reasonable doubt' doesn't encompass 'we heard so-and-so day that such-and-such said this.'

(2.) Personally, I think 'sheer nastiness' is what the right-wing Lib. Dem. group have been doing to the people of Waltham Forest; making cuts like a hairdresser on speed. The reason Barry Smith lost his seat was nothing to do with his sexuality, or anything anyone may (or may not) have said, and everything to do with the closure of a local library. Sorry to bring politics into the muck-raking.

4:43 pm, September 23, 2007

Anonymous Loyal to Labour, not all Labourites said...

Hold on, hold on. Doesn't she admit talking about her opponent's boyfriend?

There are some people in all parties who will do anything to get themselves into positions of power. It seems to me that she is one of these people.

As nasty as the Lib Dems in the area might be, nothing excuses such behaviour.

6:40 pm, September 23, 2007

Blogger Merseymike said...

Exactly. I really don't care who her opponent was - the fact is that she has been found guilty of making entirely unacceptable slurs against a gay man. That is homophobia.

8:24 pm, September 23, 2007

Blogger Merseymike said...

The muck-raking was done by Grell, Simon.

Perhaps a clear denunciation of such tactics would be appreciated from you, Simon.

Do you think there is any time when a gay councillor should be accused of being a paedophile by a political opponent? As a matter of principle - not whether you think Grell did this or not.

8:29 pm, September 23, 2007

Blogger Kris said...

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, woudn't it be wonderful for hackney councillors to focus their attentions on sorting hackney problems? Just one. Please?

11:48 pm, September 23, 2007

Blogger Ravi Gopaul said...

I'll have a go if you like,


Take away his vote on the smoking ban and he could be any loyal New Labour MP, though I don't think that is a very nice thing to call him!

8:29 am, September 24, 2007

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...


the other 44 Labour councillors aren't bloggers so it's a bit unfair to judge them on my output.

This blog would be quite dull if it detailed the extent of the casework and council meetings that I do, though I'd be happy to provide timesheets of my council activity if you think there's a readership for that.

If I want to influence local issues I meet residents, pursue casework, speak at council meetings or write to the Hackney Gazette - it is very rare that blogging about it would add anything to all those offline activities, hence this site isn't intended to be a guide to what I have or haven't done as a councillor - not least because 99% of the readers don't live in Hackney.

5:33 pm, September 24, 2007

Anonymous Jim said...

Loyal to Labour, not all Labourites said...

"Hold on, hold on. Doesn't she admit talking about her opponent's boyfriend?"

She admitted answering a question about the Lib Dem's partner (who she had seen) in an honest indiscreet mistake. That is a far cry from saying she deliberately and unsolicitedly called her opponent a "paedophille". And as I've written about this story elsewhere. Why is everyone mixing up paedophillia with being gay. Paedophilles like little girls as well as little boys. It has nothing to do with sexuality and everything to do with a serious and dangerous illness.

10:18 pm, September 26, 2007

Blogger Merseymike said...

Jim; that wasn't the court's opinion, though. They didn't believe her.

11:31 pm, September 27, 2007

Anonymous J said...

I think that's why she's appealing, Mike.

5:42 pm, October 09, 2007


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