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A strange new feeling

June 5th, 2014 · Comments Off · Politics

This is unusual. It is our constituency meeting tomorrow and I am actually looking forward to it, even though it is an AGM. Even more remarkable, this is not just because it is our first meeting since the local election victories, but because there is a proposal to change the structure of the party and […]

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The morning after the day before

May 24th, 2014 · Comments Off · Politics

Today was the local election count in Crawley. Finally all that walking up and down knocking on doors and delivering leaflets was over, and to avoid withdrawal symptoms I found myself doing a lot more walking. I had a feeling it would be a good day. It was Friday and there was a long bank […]

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Tony Benn

March 15th, 2014 · Comments Off · Politics

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 […]

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We won a quiz

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.

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A tale of two elections

May 3rd, 2011 · 2 Comments · Politics

This years I have been involved in the local elections in two different council areas.  Probably not to the extent I should have been but that is another story.  The mood is good in both Horsham and Crawley Labour parties, with a really good team spirit in both areas.  Whatever the results, the party will […]

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Quiz subversion

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).  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.

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Number-crunching the leadership ballot

September 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Politics

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))

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BBC hustings – too much, too late

September 17th, 2010 · Comments Off · Politics

I watched the Labour leadership hustings on BBC’s Question Time tonight.  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.   I think it would have been a lot more useful if it had been scheduled before a lot of […]

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Crawley leadership hustings and vote

July 20th, 2010 · 13 Comments · Music, Politics

Another week, another Labour leadership meeting.  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.  Oh.  And there is a prog rock angle too.

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Some stroppy tips

July 7th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Politics

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.  I would be happy to see them added to the standing orders of the local CLP or the local council. Especially […]

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