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Monday, 1 November 2010

Labour Right reveal winning strategy for 2012 Mayoral election

Right-wing Labour MP Tom Harris posted the above image on his blog last night.

It's apparently a satire on the NEC's hypocritical decision to let Ken Livingstone off the hook last week.

But the thing about jokes is they're only funny if there's an element of truth in them.

And the truth is that there are those on the right of the party who would be far more relaxed about four more years of Boris than four more years of Ken.

Oona King's campaign (memorably described as a "boot camp for young Blairites") was always far more at ease attacking Ken than Boris.

Just as many Blairites now seem far more comfortable attacking Ed Miliband than David Cameron.

Chief among Labour's "Stop Ken 2012" campaign is London MP and Oona supporter Jim Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick was instrumental in stitching up the 2000 mayoral selection against Ken Livingstone and installing Frank Dobson (who came third).

He was also at the forefront of booting out Labour's Mayoral candidate in Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman and replacing him with Helal Abbas (who came a distant second).

Now Fitzpatrick wants to make it a hattrick by kicking out Ken Livingstone who is neck and neck with Boris and replacing him with some other dud.

That now looks incredibly unlikely. 

However at the very least the Labour right will spend the next year and a half doing all they can to undermine the Labour candidate and by default hand the election to the opposition.

Which is exactly what they're attacking Ken for.

Of course Tom's "satire" this morning would carry slightly more weight if he hadn't himself once openly and non-satirically campaigned for another Tory candidate:



But then I guess such high-minded principles can be very flexible things.

17 comments:

darryl said...

"a boot camp for young Blairites"

Who said that? I'd like to shake them by the hand, that's spot on. One of Oona's team was on Twitter the other night lauding Harriet Harman's "ginger rodent" goof as if it was the finest joke ever. Where do they breed these people?

Seriously, it does strike me as odd that there's this deep fissure within Labour between people who would follow Tony Blair to the ends of the earth and those who wouldn't. Yet nobody's really reporting on it.

AdamB said...

I think it was somebody on Twitter. Possibly @krs133 but I can't remember for sure.

The fissure's always been there but it's become more apparent since their surprise loss in the Labour leadership election (a surprise to them at any rate).

It's also helped by the fact that Cameron and Gove etc are Blairites in all but name. They don't feel comfortable attacking them so they turn on the left of their own party instead.

Anonymous said...

The Labour right don't want left candidates to succeed because it undermines their continuing presence in the party. Ken's election as Mayor was the single biggest thing undermining Blairite claims that only right wing candidates could win in the modern era and they don't want him back.

Simon said...

I think I called it a 'disguised work experience programme for Blairites', but 'boot camp' is funnier.

AdamB said...

Hah! It looks like you should shake both Simon and my hands then Darryl.

Greg Tingey said...

Ken Livingstone publicly supported a rabid islamist, before the last matoral election.
He is now supporting a slight;y-less-rabid one (Lutfur R.) ...
This makes him unnacceptable to anyone capable of rational thought, and/or who think that women should have equal rights to men, or that jews should not be persecuted .....

Tom said...

"He is now supporting a slight;y-less-rabid one (Lutfur R.)"

Erm, is that comment libel-proof?

Hazel said...

I'm a loyal Labour member but I can't bring myself to vote for Ken. Completely agree with Greg Tingey, someone who supports Muslim fundamentalists cannot be worth voting for. As council leader Lutfur put huge pressure on Tower Hamlets to remove women from senior posts in the council. I'm not going to vote for someone who tacitly supports this.

Anatlus said...

'Lutfur put huge pressure to remove women from tH council' Its the most laughable of conspiracy theories ive ever heard, im still laughing, I cant belive there are stupid peopel out there who woudl believe such stupidities. I live in Tower Hamlet and am a woman and work here its absolutely ridiculous the conspiracy theories and propganda comming out from the right wing element of the labour party the Balirites who should be called Tory rites - right wingers who have infiltrated the labour party.

Lutfur has done more for women and the local peopel than any of our predecessors. How interesting from the 8 councillors hwom came out to support Lutfur and it cost them their labour memers hip half of thoes ehappen to be women?

Lutfur was selected by 51% of the labour members, and the balirites sought to remove him becuase he dosnt pander to right wing ideology or policies so easily, they rather have a dumb stooge in their place whom they can dominate and direct.

We in Tower Hamlet have figured out what is happening,a nd am grateful to Ken ofr acknowleding this.

We have aTory and Baliright alliance in Tower Hamlet, they support each other. Its becuase of centre right politics which has given the banks so much power, and has encouraged so much borrowing that today we are in this mess.

Centre left politics is the way forward out of this mess, Ken Livingston, Ed Milliband and Lutfur rahmana nd others represent this and we need to find a way to boot out the blairites or contain them. They are the enemy within whom will sell theri grandmother to win or to succeed by any means neccesary.

Anatlus said...

'Lutfur put huge pressure to remove women from tH council' Its the most laughable of conspiracy theories ive ever heard, im still laughing, I cant belive there are stupid peopel out there who woudl believe such stupidities. I live in Tower Hamlet and am a woman and work here its absolutely ridiculous the conspiracy theories and propganda comming out from the right wing element of the labour party the Balirites who should be called Tory rites - right wingers who have infiltrated the labour party.

Lutfur has done more for women and the local peopel than any of our predecessors. How interesting from the 8 councillors hwom came out to support Lutfur and it cost them their labour memers hip half of thoes ehappen to be women?

Lutfur was selected by 51% of the labour members, and the blairites sought to remove him becuase he dosnt pander to right wing ideology or policies so easily, they rather have a dumb stooge in their place whom they can dominate and direct.

We in Tower Hamlet have figured out what is happening,and am grateful to Ken ofr acknowleding this.

We have aTory and Blairight alliance in Tower Hamlet, they support each other. Its becuase of centre right politics which has given the banks so much power, and has encouraged so much borrowing that today we are in this mess.

Centre left politics is the way forward out of this mess, Ken Livingston, Ed Milliband and Lutfur rahman and others represent this and we need to find a way to boot out the blairites or contain them. They are the enemy within whom will sell theri grandmother to win or to succeed by any means neccesary.

Hazel said...

It's not a conspiracy theory, it happened when he was leader of the council in Tower Hamlets. I believe this because I worked in the council. He is completely corrupt and part of the IFE.

Also I don't know what justification you have for claiming Ed Miliband as particularly on the left of the party. What are you basing this on? There is very little difference between him and his brother policy-wise.

AdamB said...

If you're going to post libelous comments can you at least have the courage to leave your full name and contact address beneath it. I'd rather not get sued.

Hazel said...

I'm not some crazy anti-islamist, this is just my honest opinion after working in tower hamlets council. I don't want to leave my full name because i worked there and don't want to be identified. I have no reason to lie about this.

AdamB said...

"He is completely corrupt" is not a statement of your opinion but a potentially libelous comment. If you want to make claims like that about *anybody* can you please make them elsewhere. Ta.

Hazel said...

Ok, fair enough. Sorry about that.

greg tingey said...

As for libel regarding Lutfur R. I suggest you go and read ANdrew Gilligan.

On a more general, but relevant note:
There is NO PLACE for religious loonies, of any sort, in authority in a modern state. I don't care if it's name is Tony B. Liar, or Lutfur R. We don't need these people, with their sky-fairy fantasies, and religiously-driven prejudices to persecute and marginalise half the population (Think about how both the RC church and islam regard women, for a start!)
That level of insanity renders them unfit for public office, I'm afraid.
Here's another example, from another "English-speaking" country, just to show you what i mean:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/us-politics/8123790/Congressman-says-God-will-save-us-from-climate-change.html

AdamB said...

"I suggest you go and read ANdrew Gilligan."

Er... I suggest I don't.