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 30, 2011

Progress column

My Progress column this week looks at the Autumn Statement and the November 30 strike:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Former leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Palethorpe, who resigned his position a month or so ago has now crossed the floor and joined Labour from the Conservatives.

In doing so he said: “you should protect the vulnerable first and make cuts elsewhere”.

In a statement on his personal website, he said: “Leaving the party I have supported for over 45 years has been a big decision for me, however its abdication of social responsibility in favour of personal self-interest and local political patronage is why I have decided to resign from the Conservative party and join the Labour party who continue to demonstrate their commitment to opposing cuts to front line services, taking a sensible approach to balancing the books and supporting what is in the best interest of Northampton.

“This is never more clearly demonstrated than the Conservative’s support of a councillor who lives 250 miles away whilst at the same time making swingeing cuts in front line services to the elderly, young and most vulnerable people of Northampton – cuts by the Conservative county council which are keenly supported by the Conservative borough council – it is policy without social conscience.”

The last paragraph is directed towards county councillor Rosemary Bromwich, who remains a councillor for Towcester with the party’s full support despite having moved to Cornwall.

10:21 pm, November 30, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a suspicion that this is Luke's best article ever. There was also the one 'the limits of triangulation' from a while ago.

Now, if I could just mention Trident and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq....

10:09 am, December 01, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...


The "Blairite Undead" who make up much of the Progress clientele won't like it, I suspect.

Good ;)

12:39 am, December 02, 2011


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