(The Voice of the Delectable Left)
Not as bad as this one, but I feel I must take issue with Luke's comments.
As Kerron stated, he has already stood for Parliament and has made enough of a standing within the Party at grassroots, blogging, and Parliamentary research level not to suffer the pangs of jealousy that Luke suggests. There is also the fact that Kerron is against all-women shortlists in principle because he feels that it is sexist towards both men and women!
I suppose I ought to declare my own interest in that Kerron is a good friend of some two to three years standing and I happen to share a lot of his political views (although his support for Watford is something else! ;) ), plus he has helped me out more often than I have asked and is one of the most generous of fellow party members. So when I see a comrade like Kerron get a rather patronising kicking I feel the need to intervene (BTW Luke, comradely advice here which you can take or leave as, believe it or not I have no axe to grind and I think you're a generally okay guy, but confrontational blog entries with a hectoring style, complete with sardonic flavour doesn't help you, and is probably why you have made a no of enemies in the blogosphere!).
Not only that, but Kerron's criticism of Kitty Ussher, whilst perhaps a bit OTT at times, comes down, not to the fact she is a woman, but because, as he sees it, she didn't get to where she is through the hard slog that many Labour activists who go into elected politics have to go through, and the suggestion that she treats her constituency with some form of middle class superiority. Now Kerron might have misread the situation, he might not have done, but he certainly is not grinding his axe because Kitty is female. BTW you can find the origins of his blogging about her here.
Put simply Luke, I think you jumped the gun and made an attack which I think was a little unfair!
(Now I will just calmly grab my army gear and dive into the trenches!)