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.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Just for the record

I can't be bothered to rebut everything ignorant Guardian/Compass hack John Harris writes about a Labour Party he appears to have learnt nothing about since campaigning against its re-election in 2005.

But this article - http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/sep/27/labourconference-labour - contains a lie: "It's rumoured that this year, the vast majority of constituency parties haven't bothered sending a delegate (according to some whispers, as few as 100 may have someone here)."

London has I think 72 CLPs. I know from a report given to the Party's Regional Board that just those 72 are sending over 90 voting delegates and over 750 visitors (councillors and other activists without voting rights) - one of the best turnouts ever from the region. Only a couple of London CLPs are not represented. OK other regions have weaker activist bases and further to travel, but Harris' "whisper" would imply only 30 non-London CLPs were there, when just counting the speakers on conference floor or looking in on any of the regional delegates' briefings or receptions would show this to be nonsense.

Mr Harris, you are too lazy a checker of facts to deserve the title "journalist". Nor are you a political activist in any meaningful sense. You are just a peddler of second-hand anti-Labour lies.


Anonymous Red Rag said...

Maybe he should stick to his useless boring articles on pop music. Not that they were any good either.

9:38 pm, September 29, 2009

Anonymous Dirty Euro said...

I have one killer line against the sun newspaper who have decided to back the tories.
Why have you decided to back A tory party who will cut taxes for the rich, and fund that by cutting public services for middle and working class people who read your paper. Who do you care more about your middle and working class readers or your rich elite advertisers.

12:01 am, September 30, 2009

Anonymous Dirty Euro said...

don't listen to the fake Dirty Euro above. I am the only true Dirty Euro - with the looks of Gordon Brown, and the morals of Roman Polanski... and i luv labour!

2:13 am, September 30, 2009

Blogger mnottingham said...

I am at Conference and yesterday sat with at least 20 delegates from Wales for Gordon's speech, at the South East recption there were at least 40 delegates, and I left after the first 15 minutes. I could go on... Well spotted, forget the Sun the Guardian is telling more lies than any other paper to get a Tory government.

8:33 am, September 30, 2009

Anonymous Dirty Euro said...

2:13 AM, September 30, 2009 Was not me it was that immature tw** again.

It just shows Tories cannot have serious arguments when they lose they go for the personal, and play childish little games. No wit, just immature low IQ bores.

My killer line seems to hurt him.

8:34 am, September 30, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Labour can win this election there is still 10 Months left!

Don't let the Tories in so they can shag us all up the Arse for 18 years unite together defeat the Tories!

Victory for Labour!

10:47 am, September 30, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You New Liebour lick arses are gonna get trounced at the election if that unelected pill popping nail biting dishonest scottish twat still leads your party...

...yee haa...

..Brown and that disgusting Mandelson are the Tories best weapons...

11:13 am, September 30, 2009

Anonymous Dirty Euro said...

8:34 AM, September 30, 2009was not me but Tory tosser boy.

without labour I cud not afford the internets and would have to post letter wich I cant write very well cos my high IQ (over 20!!!!) is not high enough.

i'l go back to hacking labourhome soon, I swear. i'l use my killer line - Sara Braun is wel fit and i luv her.

11:46 am, September 30, 2009

Anonymous Dirty Euri said...

Once again 11:46 AM, September 30, 2009 Was not me again. You are a childish bully.
Who is doing this ? You cannot have a serious argument. So you ruin the argument.
Obviously I hit a raw nerve with you, you cannot argue back so play this bullying game against me. I will see the fact you play this game with me as ;
1) You cannot have a mature debate so have to resort childish games.
2) You are obsessed by me. You do not play this game with anyone else. So you are my stalker.
3) You are not very bright as if you could have a debate with me you choose a name and debate with me, not pay this bizzare game, that shows you have a low level of intellect. My killer line has hurt you. It must be burning you inside.

12:15 pm, September 30, 2009

Anonymous Dirty Euro said...

Is it Shamik Das doing it again? You used to this trick before.

12:18 pm, September 30, 2009

Anonymous Dirty Euro said...

Haha - Dirty Euri has givn himself away! He is a fake cos he canot spell "Dirty Euro!" This is the proof I NEED. Why he trying to steal my killer line, immature Tort-boy? Why he obsessed with illierate ful like me? All I sed was Sara Braun is goddess and soon she will be mine - Gordon don't tret you rite, Sara! Com to me - with you IQ 40 + my IQ 20 we wil have reely clevver kids! At least IQ 50!

12:50 pm, September 30, 2009

Anonymous Dirty Euro said...

I give in. Play your pathetic game. I won the argument you lost.
Bang. You lost.
I am sure you will make more retorts from the playground.
You are all the tories have put up. They must be in trouble.

1:35 pm, September 30, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The guy is really annoying - he does that crappy newsnight review thing on Friday's when you have to listen to him, Germaine Greer and that northern poetry twat nonse on.

Can't say I'm that surprised the guardian let him write tho - all, YES all British papers are absolute turd these days with the exception of the FT.

2:02 pm, September 30, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Brilliant - time for the strange birth of Liberal England.

Go on Cleggy boy - go on my son!!

2:09 pm, September 30, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's Gorgon pissing off every journalist he comes across.

There's the Ginger One also doing his bit for the movement.

Lukey. Imagine. It's 1939. You're on the beach at Dunkirk. There's Krauts to the left, right, centre and coming out of the sky.

This is your moment.

Time to frag Gorgon as he leaves on a boat telling you lot on the beach to fight to the last man.

3:16 pm, September 30, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harris needs a haircut and a proper job.

4:27 pm, September 30, 2009

Blogger Merseymike said...

Looks like some editing needed, Luke.

I think its a somewhat careless comment, but I do think there is a question of exactly what conference is for, and I think you may find that outside London attendance is more sporadic.

9:47 pm, September 30, 2009

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9:48 pm, September 30, 2009

OpenID pluralprogressive said...

I'm a fellow traveller of Mr. Harris and he pisses me off as well.

11:19 pm, September 30, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luke, well spotted on the lie by Harris about conference attendance.

He is also being disingenuous about the level of the membership. He says that the membership has halved since 1997. As in "Labour becomes less popular with membership the longer it stays in office shock".

What he didn't tell you was how much the membership rocketed as soon as Blair became Leader. I was a Chair of a CLP at the time. Our membership more than trebled between 1994 and 1997, and it is STILL higher now after 12 years of a Labour government than it was in 1994.

Who did Harris campaign for in 2005?

Finally, glad to hear you are on the mend.

12:21 am, October 01, 2009

Blogger Andreas Paterson said...

I don't always agree with you Luke, but this time your damn right. I'm very irritated by John Harris' comments.

That someone who supposedly supports our values is not only undermining us, but also lying to undermine us is just plain wrong.

My experience, like yours Luke would have to say that the conference was actually pretty well attended.

11:42 pm, October 01, 2009


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