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.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Times "web of plotters"

The Times claims that what links MPs hostile to the PM is their support for Hazel Blears' bid for Deputy Leader last year.

This would be an interesting theory were it not for the fact that the people who voted for Hazel also included the PM's own PPS Ian Austin MP, one of his most vocal supporters in recent weeks, Rt Hon John Spellar MP, and at a rather more lowly level, me.

To try to suggest all Blairites are anti-Brown, or all Hazel Blears supporters are anti-Brown, on the basis that some of both are, would be as illogical as suggesting all fish are cod because all cod are fish.


Blogger Newmania said...

Both fish and cod are flapping around in a rapidly disappearing puddle anyway

12:07 pm, September 19, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You doth protest too much on her (and others) behalf Luke. Everyone knows what key people have been up to of late. I don't doubt your genuine support for GB, so don't blow it by defending the indefensible.

12:11 pm, September 19, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luke, what's with all the fish methapora these days!?!!?!?

12:11 pm, September 19, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting piece from the Scotsman earlier this week (Weds). Would you care to comment Luke?


12:26 pm, September 19, 2008

Blogger Owen said...

Luke has a point here.

The difference in politics between a Blears supporter and Gordon Brown is, effectively, non-existent. A "Blairite" conspiracy would simply replace Brown with someone with the same politics - but who probably chews his nails less in public and looks a bit better in front of a camera.

From the left's point of view that's not a step forward and that's why we're keeping out of it.

1:17 pm, September 19, 2008

Blogger The Daily Pundit said...


6:25 pm, September 19, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can barely believe that it took three Times reporters to come up with this load of nonsense. Why not go the whole hog: 'Shock Exclusive - Plotters all members of PLP who spent time in London, and occasionally other places.'

9:47 pm, September 19, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

owne your taking rubbihs.

brwon is nuthing liek blaier. hes a gud wite man and he didnt go to publik skool or oxbrig

your giving the cocaien tosries amunision you wenker

get behind bronw or leeve the paryt yuo ugli prikc

12:20 am, September 20, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

btw, how can you cliam to speek on behaf of "the left"?

are you an mp? who exaclty are youu?

ill tell yew - your an arrogatn prikc

12:24 am, September 20, 2008

Blogger Gregg said...

Spellar, granted, but I'm pretty certain Austin was only on board for the purposes of establishing a relationship. There was a designated key Brownite assigned to each deputy contender, to make it clear Brown and his circle could and would work with whoever won (and in return ensure that each campaign was seen as having Brown's endorsement, and so didn't become the focus for a surrogate challenge to his authority as in-coming leader).

4:08 am, September 20, 2008

Blogger Mark Still News said...

Both Brown and Blair camps are Cods wallop! They are out of touch with the working classes and the predicament the under regulated economy has got them in!!

4:33 pm, September 20, 2008


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