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Blogbites #3: Disingenuity, Labour style

Amidst the positioning of various New Labour flunkeys, not to mention Polly Toynbee, there’s been little of clarity and principle said. After all, each of the people involved with attacking Gordon Brown have supported his agenda, and the virtually identical agenda of his predecessor, with gusto. They have no moral authority to critique the leadership of someone they put into office without bothering to consult Labour members, the trades unions, the affiliated socialist societies or pretty much any body outside the Parliamentary Labour Party.

It is fair that the only voices of principle should be those people who did nominate someone else, and who earnestly sought the debate about the future of the Labour Party, John McDonnell all the more so because he actually had the courage to stand in an election against Brown. Contrasted with the behaviour of the New Labourites, with their backstabbing, their playing to the press and their high-profile resignations over anything but principle, McDonnell’s recent announcement that the government needs to change or face “Labour Change” candidacies should get a fair hearing by the grassroots membership.

What I found particularly delightful was the disingenuity of the response by a “Labour spokesman.”

“Policy in the Labour Party is made via Partnership in Power, an inclusive and consultative process unique in British politics.

“Through discussion with the public, ordinary Labour members from each region and nation of Britain, elected members, and representatives from Labour Party’s affiliated organisations come together to agree a policy platform which best matches the aspirations and concerns of the British people.”

Clearly, since the “aspirations and concerns of the British people” just delivered another massive kick in the teeth to that policy platform.

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  1. June 13, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Absolutely right. Partnership in Power is a farce and we know that expressions of dissent ( many) from LP members end up in the bin. The notion PiP delivers a policy platform is risible.The views of activists have been ignored since it was set up in 1994.Mps on the left have had to disassociate themselves to get elected. That will be even more the case at next GE

  2. June 14, 2009 at 2:17 am

    Partnership in Power? Party membership’s halved; it’s an abusive relationship.

    There’s got to be bravery here. There’s no way there’s going to be a debate on policy – for Labour, the next few months will be at best a stage-managed love-in or an Alan Johnson coronation, and at worst a drip-drip of resignations and recriminations.

  3. June 14, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    And what do you mean by ‘bravery’ Charlie?

  4. June 14, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    I mean that there will have to be serious consideration as to whether its worth it for mps like McDonnell to remain within the party.

  5. Miller 2.0
    July 30, 2009 at 11:43 am

    I can’t believe people still cling to the line that PiP represents anything in particular, or is an adequate (or indeed functional) process…

  6. Robert
    August 2, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Long live the Tory party or is that new Labour. but in the end if it carries on I can see local parties spliting, a chat in my area was about seeing if Labour wales could split from Labour England.

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