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.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Faster than a speeding cabinet member

Amid all the talk about the speed or lack of it of reaction to the Hoon/Hewitt proposal by various cabinet members, I thought I'd check how fast I'd been.

My own denunciation of the coup attempt was composed, written and posted here, according to the time on the post, at 12.43 pm. That's just 13 minutes after Hoon and Hewitt broke cover. One hour 17 minutes before the first Cabinet Minister responded. And to pick some names at random, five and three quarter hours faster than Harriet, four and three quarter hours faster than Jack and a whopping six and a quarter hours faster than David.

They all have at least two special advisers to watch rolling news for them, help them decide what they think about major political events, and draft statements for them, yet were in one case 2600% slower than a part-time blogger who just happened to have one eye on Sky News while in the middle of an M&S tuna and sweetcorn sarnie on my lunchbreak.

Clearly cabinet posts aren't allocated on ability to respond decisively and fast in a political crisis. Or maybe I missed an alternative explanation for the delayed reactions...


Blogger Sunder Katwala said...


very droll. I was dithering by contrast, as it took me until 1.30pm, though I would plead in mitigation that I was trying to do hyperlinks as well as analysis, and I didn't spot any of those in the Cabinet statements!

9:55 pm, January 08, 2010

Blogger Silent Hunter said...

Maybe they're . . . how shall I put this?. . . not quite so convinced about Gordon as you appear to be.

10:32 pm, January 08, 2010

Blogger Jimmy said...

It must have been something to do with the snow. I can't think what else it could be.

11:34 pm, January 08, 2010

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a really horrible feeling that every single member of the Cabinet was holding back their support for Brown in case it turned out that they were the one everyone was going to unite behind to replace him.

12:06 pm, January 09, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how long Brown would have taken to make a statement!

11:07 pm, January 09, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday's Mail has a devastating attack on the character of the talentless bully.

He's unfit to lead anything. This must be known to you but you continue with this ridiculous loyalty.

At least, shut up. Silence would be a more morally defensive position.

11:25 pm, January 09, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you really think we have a cat in hell's chance with Gordon in charge?

Their execution was sloppy but history will judge Hoon and Hewitt to be braver than all the idiots, from the Cabinet down, who sold millions of working people down the river because they wouldn't tell one man to quit.

6:12 pm, January 10, 2010

Blogger southhackneypunter said...

Latest polls (post-coup) apparently show Labour UP 1% on 30%, Conservatives still on 40% and LibDems down 1% on 18% (nb. a 10 percentage-point margin would secure the Conservatives a Parliamentary majority of 22 seats), so still seems pretty tight and the coup plot has made little impact, if anything, it could have made Brown look a smidgeon stronger ... might people also be starting to wonder about the wisdom of Cameron's post-election 'emergency budget' .. eg. 'cling to nurse for fear of something worse' as I believe the traditional expression in these situations has it.

9:02 pm, January 10, 2010

Anonymous Julian Ware-Lane said...

I was slower than the lot of them, but so what? Speed isn't everything. Sometimes a slower and more considered response is better.

9:41 am, January 11, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what your really saying is that they are not fit to lead the country yeah??

1:14 pm, January 11, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not much singing as the latest poll shows Labour on just 24% (Poltical Betting website).

What's it like being a lemming?

At least they don't know they're going over the cliff.

5:44 pm, January 11, 2010

Anonymous Dirty Euro said...

Anonymous ; Why are you so happy at the tories being favorites to win? Why do you want to make life tougher for working and lower middle class people?
Why do you want to increase inequality?
Does increasing poverty please you?

11:26 pm, January 11, 2010

Anonymous Rich said...

The Polls are showing some very confusing data, I'm not sure what to trust. My instincts at the moment are telling me that Labour are heading for a huge defeat in the spring.

The conservatives have landed a hard blow on Labour this week promising to cut immigration by 75%and will be looking at putting in place restrictions on the European Union. This alone if its true will make me vote conservative...immigration is my main concern.

11:41 pm, January 13, 2010

Anonymous Peter Kenyon said...

Dear Luke

Congratulations, I managed mine at 1.06pm but included the first lobby reaction reported by James Landale confirming my suspicions.


1:12 am, January 16, 2010

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