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.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Reshuffle below Cabinet

This is the full list of ministerial posts outside Cabinet announced by 10 Downing Street today:



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better to tell us who has been taken and shot.

Margaret Hodge for one.

Justice at last

8:18 pm, October 05, 2008

Blogger Mark Still News said...

Instead of Fox hunting, we should have a new sport-set the hounds on the corrupt politicians??

10:27 pm, October 05, 2008

Blogger Mark Still News said...

Not to worry it's the later part of the mid term blues-what crisis?

10:48 pm, October 05, 2008

Blogger Mark Still News said...

The Tories will have an easy job if they get back in-They have no Coal Miners to fight or Steel works to close down-The NHS is virtually privatised through the back door-Railway private Franchises re-newed by NLP?

10:54 pm, October 05, 2008

Blogger Letters From A Tory said...

Adonis being moved to transport shows that Brown is intent on driving our education system back to the dark ages.

9:56 am, October 06, 2008

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Anonymous, your comment about Margaret Hodge is in rather bad taste given that she has stepped down to care for her seriously ill husband and will be returning to govt in the Spring.

11:33 am, October 06, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous speaks.

Hodge had scant sympathy for a whistle-blower on Islington Council seeking to protect children from a paedophile.

Indeed, it was her arrogance which led to this Labour-supporting paedophile enjoying the protection of the politically correct council to engage on a rampage around the local authority's children's homes.

Hodge knew the score.

In these circumstances, my original comment stands. And your explanation for her absence supports that comment: She's reaped what she has sowed.

Let her and her husband go to hell.

12:14 pm, October 06, 2008

Anonymous Mandy's Gimp said...

Remember the Prince of Darkness was working with the Tories only a few weeks ago. He cannot be trusted

5:07 pm, October 06, 2008

Anonymous Mark Trotter said...

Luke don't you mean Margaret Oppenheimer the daughter of a millionaire German Jewish steel trader born with a silver spoon up her ar**! The essential New Labour qualification.

Her behaviour at Islington was shameful.

5:10 pm, October 06, 2008

Anonymous HenryG said...

Why is it relevant that she's Jewish? The other stuff fair enough.

5:55 pm, October 06, 2008

Blogger Merseymike said...

And now we have a situation where just about anyone who has ever been in a children's home can shriek 'abuse' 25 years later and expect a fat wad in compensation.

Get rid of that bribery money and watch all those trumped up cases disappear. What started as a necessary exposure of abuse has become a racket - remembering that the vast bulk of child abuse goes undetected in the family

6:39 pm, October 06, 2008

Anonymous Heinrich Himmler said...

Why is it relevant that she's German? The other stuff fair enough

8:04 pm, October 06, 2008

Anonymous Rich said...

Mark the Tories won't have anything to privatise....Brown and Blair have already done it. Even worse though Brown has now purchased billions of pounds worth of toxic loans that will probably never be paid back.

So we've privatised the most important aspects of our country and swapped them for non viable loans that not even a debt collection company would touch.

It makes you wonder why this Labour government didn't do more to save Rover or provide more compensation for "FarePak" customers.

And have we also forgotten about the 10 pence tax fiasco and the fact that next year this will come into force without a compensation package.

What also about two wars, both of which in my opinion were justified but the rush to war resulted in them not being legally legitimized and or properly planned. Million + dead and counting.

Labour must go....time for change.

8:21 pm, October 06, 2008

Anonymous Dirty Euro said...

I do not like Hodge she was rude and offensive to someone who needed help. Why would you write a letter to someone saying they were deeply disturbed when they were complaining about sex abuse. Hodge should not be brought back.
The fact she has jewish blood does not matter. Only anti semite nazis could care about whether she is jewish. I am against her as she was rude.

MerseyMike. No Sex abuse is a real problem in child homes. It is not trivial.

Rich. You do not make any sense you complain about privitisation and then say vote tory. You make no coherent sense at all.

11:31 pm, October 06, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What comes out of the recent series of postings is that Akehurst is again offering unconditional support to a Labour party member irrespective of the completely immoral positios they have taken.

Hodge is indefensible. She has proved an appalling and immoral reference point for core Labour values. But the fact that she has a Labour party affiliation entitles her to a defence by Lukehurst.

It isn't on. The individuals who have abused our basic values must be removed.

Hodge put the ppsition of a Labour activist above that of a violated child without a voice.

How could anyone see that Hodge has any rights to anything having taken that position?

11:49 pm, October 06, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous I do not think he was defending her for that.
She is not a core reference point for labur values. She is just one MP.

10:33 am, October 07, 2008

Blogger Mark Still News said...

This is from bad to worse all the time. This is real sad, it will mean from next year an exiled LP for 20 years and even could end up like the last Liberal government did?

The Trade Unions who contributed to LP should get a refund?

11:14 am, October 07, 2008

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

I'm not sure how this thread ended up being all about Margaret Hodge.

I didn't defend her role in the Islington case because I don't know enough about the facts about it to take a view. The issues concerned are too serious for me to jump in with an opinion based just on what I've read in the media.

I know Margaret's family through being involved in Labour Students at the same time as her son and eldest daughter so my reaction to her temporarily stepping down because of family illness has been based on concern about her as my friends' mum, rather than an analysis of her record as a Minister or a Council Leader.

11:54 am, October 07, 2008

Anonymous observer said...

my reaction to her temporarily stepping down because of family illness has been based on concern about her as my friends' mum

Bless! Contrary to common belief Luke does have a heart.

12:38 pm, October 07, 2008

Blogger Merseymike said...

I didn't say that child abuse didn't happen, Euro. I do believe - and there is ample evidence for this - that there have been many false claims made and that the carrot of possible compensation has been an element in this.

I think the doctrine of 'always believing the child' is nonsense and an example of the folly of the children's rights/child abuse under every bush lobby - which, interestingly, Esther Rantzen herself has spoken out against recently. People lie, and that includes those who claim abuse as well as those who deny having abused.

Rich : you talk about 'time for change' but there is no party advocating the protectionist policies you wish to see introduced. Apart from the BNP, of course, who I think you actually support but aren;t prepared to say so.

11:58 am, October 08, 2008


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