Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme Patricia
I wanted to do some phone canvassing tonight after putting my son to bed. That's what I do on nights when I don't have council meetings. But the activities of a couple of senior politicians would have meant I would have spent an evening answering questions about their putsch attempt rather than about housing issues in my ward so I held off. Well done Pat and Geoff for stuffing one of only a hundred or so canvassing days between now and the General Election.
Pat Hewitt of course has form on undermining Labour Leaders. As a delegate to the 1980 Party Conference she gave a ranting Bennite speech denouncing the Callaghan government, which went on to be one of the opening moments to the BBC's 1995 "The Wilderness Years" documentary. Strangely at that time she was in favour of members having more say in the Party, rather than as now them being completely sidelined while an arrogant elite of ex-Ministers try to stage a parliamentary coup d'etat.
Here's what other Labour MPs think of today's initiative: http://www.labourlist.org/labour-mps-round-on-plotters-in-email-exchange