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, January 06, 2010

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


Anonymous I'll never vote labour again said...

Dear oh dear, people seem to be confusing loyalty to Gordon with Loyalty to Labour.

11:43 pm, January 06, 2010

Blogger Silent Hunter said...

Well done Pat and Geoff for stuffing one of only a hundred or so canvassing days between now and the General Election.

Just the one? Luke.

I think it will a tad more damaging for Labour than just one days missed canvassing.

11:48 pm, January 06, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funnily in that speech she was denouncing ex-ministers for ignoring manifesto policy.

Much like she did as Health Secretary when introducing the blanket smoking ban!

11:59 am, January 07, 2010

Anonymous ian hislop said...

Maybe Pat's been at her son's Coke and I don't mean the fizzy stuff.

Did you know she was a Tory before meeting Judge Birtles?

2:09 pm, January 07, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hewitt (along with Charles Clarke and John Reid - at least the latter has remained silent) was also one of the group of yes-men around Kinnock who, in the wake of the 1987 election, told him he'd done everything right and it was the evil old left that lost it, and supported him in spending the next five years waging war against his own party rather than the Tories, a pointless and twisted self-destruction which did as much to cost Labour the 1992 election as anything else.

3:17 pm, January 07, 2010

Blogger Dave Brinson said...

A rare opportunity for you to agree with Diane Abbott, John Austin and Lynne Jones, Luke.

I particularly enjoyed Jimmy Hood's contribution, as well... for those who didn't follow the link:

"Spiteful; Disloyal; Treacherous are but a few caveats that best describe the actions of "the gang of two" today. It was an act of treachery beyond comprehension; betrayal of the Labour Party, our Government and the causes we have fought for all our lives. I await an announcement of future memoirs from either or both.

Our history is littered with traitors, I have just added another two to my list"

Couldn't have put it better !

3:26 pm, January 07, 2010

Blogger Miller 2.0 said...

Recent Govts have been packed full of people who have defected from hard left to hard right.

Why is it that the people who make it to these places aren't the people who see things from a default social democratic perspective?

5:59 pm, January 07, 2010

Blogger Merseymike said...

The time to carry out this sort of attempted putsch has passed. I think Brown probably should have gone, but of his own accord and last year.

Some people have an exaggerated sense of their own importance

6:46 pm, January 07, 2010

Blogger Jimmy said...

As someone who would probably have voted for pretty much anyone other than Brown given the chance in 2007, I have to say the idea that our chances would be improved by a public and acrimonious panic attack four months ahead of a general election verges on the delusional.

7:47 pm, January 07, 2010

Anonymous Anon E Mouse said...

Hey Luke - Canvass me when you make your phone calls - I'm an ex-Labour voter and I'll tell you exactly what people really think of Brown.

Don't expect a glowing report on him though...

11:13 pm, January 07, 2010

Anonymous Dirty Euro said...

He has started doing what we need to do increased taxes on the mega rich. While going against treasury instincts to increase VAT to 20%.
He has become a proper representative of the working and lower middle class.

4:59 pm, January 08, 2010


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