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.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fighters and Believers needed here

Great new PPB from Labour, the first to feature Michael Foot (and Herbert Morrison's Hackney committee rooms) for some time ...

As Nick Robinson pointed out on Monday the PLP divides into fighters, quitters and plotters: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/nickrobinson/2009/11/plotters_quitte.html

I wish the quitters and plotters would both quit and let the fighters get on with taking on the Tories. A precondition of even the slightest chance of victory is preparedness to go down fighting.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does the Labour Party put it about that it gave women and the working class the vote? It did no such thing: these were mainly done under Tory or Tory-dominated Governments.

6:33 pm, November 18, 2009

Blogger Jimmy said...

Because it was the first and most consistent supporter whereas the conservative party was effectively the only real source of opposition?

8:43 pm, November 18, 2009

Blogger Duncan Hall said...

Because Labour members fought for years to extend the franchise while Tories did their level best to restrict it.

9:01 pm, November 18, 2009

Anonymous Arnold said...

Which is why Thatcher was the first female Prime Minister.

Mind you the Leader of the House, that Countess Toff Harriet Harman I agree has done well in the Labour party.

More council houses were built under the Tories as well and less illegal wars started.

Tories also lied and took us into Europe the twats....

10:00 pm, November 18, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Make History: Make Caroline Lucas the 1st Green MP at Westminster

Should we be doing something to help as the election looms?
* What can we do to convince people not to vote Labour - and not with their heads and hearts - for fear it will 'let the Tories in.'
* And what can we do on the ground to help the campaign?

11:46 pm, November 18, 2009

Anonymous Justin Hinchcliffe said...


Luke, you guys do talk shite. That said, it's amusing.

1:03 pm, November 19, 2009

Anonymous Azon 459 said...

Why is it Brown's Labour party can't get anything right?

"If Brown's in - Labour's out" elsewhere on this blog is absolutely right.

Luke if you have any sway in the party use your influence, work the phones and get this electoral liability out.

5:19 pm, November 19, 2009

Blogger Duncan Hall said...

On a more general point - I quite like the film. It goes off a bit at the end with all the 'true Brits' and 'for Britain' and flag-waving stuff because I just think most people find that quite patronising (you will vote for me if I mention your country and show your flag enough times...) But on the whole, I find it refreshing to see Labour's history embraced as a positive for the party rather than simply to be presented as something to be distanced from which - sometimes - it appeared to be under Blair.

11:53 pm, November 19, 2009

Anonymous Rich said...

Agreed it is too late for plotting unless you really want your party to lose. But perhaps it is certain MPs that see their jobs going next year so they are just letting more water onto a sinking ship.

It's not about winning or losing it is about delivering a promise remember.

6:58 pm, November 20, 2009


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