Friday, November 30, 2007

What Labour Needs to do now!

I think it's fair to say that Steve Richards is one of my favourite political commentators. I don't always agree with him but he always makes you think about the issues he discusses and takes a resonable attitude as well.
So it is that I think that his comments yesterday are worth considering, and I agree with a lot of what he says. For many years now, mainly as a result of trying to hammer the left and woo the home counties vote, some in the Labour Party have not been to careful in mixing with business and now, sadly, the chickens are coming home to roost. If anything, now we need to pull our weight, help the PM in his hour of need, cooperate fully with the police and the Electoral Commission, and perhaps Harriet Harman ought to consider her future!


rupahuq said...

I voted for HH and 3/4 panellists on Andrew Neal's show yesterday thought she would survive but there could be a sense that only one scalp is not enough.

Neil Harding said...

Paul, I don't really think Harman is the problem. Once again the electoral system is the problem.

To win under this system, the Labour hierarchy has persuaded us that we have to govern well to the right of both our membership and the electorate. To ram this through they have destroyed party democracy.

All those who are to the left of Labour who are disillusioned with party politics or joined the Greens or Lib Dems need to join or rejoin Labour and apply pressure on the leadership and persuade other members if we are to stand a chance of getting electoral reform. Only with electoral reform can those to the left of the Labour leadership hold any hope of power.

Man in a Shed said...

Paul the problem is not mixing with business, its dishonesty and law breaking.

The question Labour need to ask themselves is why those two things come so easily to many of its officials.

Personally I think the cause is routed in the fundamental dishonesty of the New Labour project and the focus on continuous campaigning. The current government doesn't govern, it tries to use government to campaign. It tries to communicate with peoples sub conscious with mood music and spin - rather than presenting real arguments.

I could go on and on about things that should cause any honest and moral person to throw their hands up in horror. But the attitude of Labour party members has been my party right or wrong. Now you are paying the price along with the rest of the country.

You reap what you sow.

Paul Burgin said...

Rupa, I agree about Harman's prospects.
Neil, that may well be part of the problem, but governments under PR have had similar scandals in the past.
Man in a Shed, likewise I see your point, but don't tell me that some Conservatives haven't taken a 'My Party right or wrong' approach!