The prodigal son
I spent Saturday morning delivering the Hackney Labour Rose newsletter on one of the estates in my ward.
Waiting for the bus home in Lower Clapton Road, Brian Sedgemore, Hackney South's former Labour MP walked past me. He kept his head down and, I think, deliberately ignored me.
Brian was someone who I considered a comrade - he was on the same side as me on all the local issues in Hackney, and on London-wide politics - and at least on some level a friend (seeing as he attended my birthday parties, which I assumed was not because he loved karaoke).
Since he unexpectedly defected to the Lib Dems on the eve of the 2005 General Election he has completely severed his social, as well as political links, with people who showed him nothing but loyalty during his two decades as MP. He intervened in the 2006 local elections with attacks on Labour councillors who had been his allies in the local party, and in support of Lib Dems he had spent decades fighting.
If you are reading this Brian:
a) surely now that Blair - who I accept you despised - has gone, you should come back to the Labour Party?
b) if you don't feel able to do that, then I hope you will separate the personal from the political and feel you can at least say hello next time we meet.