Labour right warns of crisis as party lead soars

Momentum Hounslow responds to Roy Hattersley’s red baiting in the Observer

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What failure looks like: Hattersley and Kinnock

By the lil’ red mole

Just as pollsters put Labour eight points ahead, Roy  Hattersley announces in the pages of the Observer that the party is in its deepest crisis ever.

For those too young to remember Mr Hattersley, he is a veteran Labour right winger and was deputy to Neil Kinnock. So, to be fair, he knows a thing or two about losing elections.

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An open letter to Ruth Cadbury

Dear Ruth,

I think that your letter on an “organised plan by a particular group to “take over control” of our constituency party” was unhelpful.

When dealing with contentious issues we all have to exercise the utmost care to avoid descending in to vague allusions to shadowy enemies with outrageous views. It is therefore to be regretted that you did not see fit to give the source of your information. Who sent the email to which you refer? What was its purpose? For whom was it intended? Without such information we are just dealing with political noise. Can you not agree that this is not the right way to debate political differences? Continue reading “An open letter to Ruth Cadbury”

Labour MPs put internal divisions on public display again

The anti-Corbyn camp told us for two years that electoral advance was impossible under Corbyn’s leadership. The majority of Labour MPs were so sure of it that the opened party divisions to full public view with a vote of no confidence against the leader which 75% of Labour MPs supported (including Ruth Cadbury and Seema Malhotra). And yet Labour rise in the polls was the biggest since 1945. Labour had experienced dramatic decline from the moment when Tony Blair became prime minister – the data is undeniable. It reached its lowest point of public support in the election of 2010 (led by Gordon Brown). Five years later Labour lifted itself marginally from a historic low point by just 2% (led by Ed Miliband) but clearly there was no sea change. Continue reading “Labour MPs put internal divisions on public display again”

The Political “Centre Ground” – Some Good Advice

The July issue of Prospect has an article by Steve Richards commenting on the outcome of the 2017 general election (All shook up: this election result upended stale assumptions about “centrist” politics). There is a clear message about the judgement of most Labour MPs being seriously clouded by some false assumptions about what works in politics. After ranging over the turmoil arising from 2015 election, Brexit, Scottish independence, Bernie Sanders in the US presidential race, Emmanuel Macron’s election in France, Syriza, and the fall of the French Socialist Party he turns to our recent general election. Continue reading “The Political “Centre Ground” – Some Good Advice”