Though he had been ill for some time, I think Tony Benn’s death was more of a shock than Bob Crow’s, possibly because he has been a fixture for so long I just sort of assumed he would always be around. I saw him speak a few times but only met him once, at a […]
Entries Tagged as 'Labour Party'
July 24th, 2011 · Comments Off · Life
Jayne and I went to a fund-raising quiz at Crawley Labour Club last night. We formed a team with the chairs of Horsham and Crawley CLPs. My recent track record on quizzes has not been brilliant; a long string of second places is what it feels like.
May 3rd, 2011 · 2 Comments · Politics
This years I have been involved in the local elections in two different council areas.Â Probably not to the extent I should have been but that is another story.Â The mood is good in both Horsham and Crawley Labour parties, with a really good team spirit in both areas.Â Whatever the results, the party will […]
February 12th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Life, Politics
I’m putting the finishing touches to questions for the quiz on Wednesday night (fundraising for Horsham Labour – sold out but could maybe squeeze another body or two in).Â I had a couple of brilliant ideas, which I am not going to incorporate in case they caused major civil unrest and/or ideological splits.
I was pleased to see the data behind the leadership ballot released, and also a little surprised. But mostly pleased. The data is available as a Google Doc here and you can download it all to your own computer to pull it about in Excel. ((or Open Office of course))
September 17th, 2010 · Comments Off · Politics
I watched the Labour leadership hustings on BBC’s Question Time tonight.Â It was the most I have enjoyed QT for a long time, but then it would have to be as I hardly ever watch it.Â Â I think it would have been a lot more useful if it had been scheduled before a lot of […]
July 20th, 2010 · 13 Comments · Music, Politics
Another week, another Labour leadership meeting.Â This time round was different for two reasons: as it was my own local party I could actually vote this time, and there was a hustings first.Â Oh.Â And there is a prog rock angle too.
Over at Stroppyblog there is a very handy list of ten tips for conducting yourself in trade union meetings, which I think should be applied in all meetings whether in politics or at work.Â I would be happy to see them added to the standing orders of the local CLP or the local council. Especially […]
Tags: Labour Party
May 20th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Politics
According to the Guardian Gordon Brown wanted to announce his resignation before the recent election.Â I’m glad that he didn’t.Â OK it might have got us a few more votes, maybe even a few more seats, but it was a disaster when Tony Blair did that – everything he did as PM after the 2005 […]
May 5th, 2010 · Comments Off · Politics
Hot on the heels of his speech to Citizens UK, Gordon Brown has gone and made another excellent and inspiring speech – could have done with it all a bit earlier, but better late than never eh? This time he has gone for a long speech that is packed with soundbites.Â I think my favourite […]