Apr. 22nd, 2015 08:26 am
therealpm: (Confused)
"Milifandom soars with Twitter backing for Labour leader Ed Miliband"

Alastair knows about this twitter thing, though I'm not convinced his smugness, if asked, would be anything other than intolerable. Maybe Fiona?
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I see certain recent embarrassments have spurred commentators, insightful or otherwise, to call for a slight change in either tactics or tactician.

I'm sure they'll sort themelves out.

therealpm: (Plotting)
I did hope that my comments at last week's dinner might have encouraged our frontbench to be slightly better at dissecting Osborne's populist shambles of a budget (endured in the midst of some very dubious company). It is therefore somewhat disappointing to note that the Tories were savaged more effectively by their own leadership than by ours, a situation likely to become only more frequent with Mr Miliband's lamentable departure.

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*Peter wakes up feeling groggy and disorientated.  Although not as bone tired as yesterday, his muscles still ache and cramp.  Something nags at the back of his mind, something important that he needed to do and he rubs his eyes, mentally replaying yesterday's events, trying to remember.  The first memory that surfaces- being shoved into the wards by Alastair, causes him to shudder and wince.

His fringe drops in his eyes and he pushes it back, noting with distaste the grittiness of mud on his scalp.  Still trying to recall what it was yesterday, he heads off to the shower, limbs protesting against the effort and back stiffened straight more from cramp than good posture.

It is not until he is beginning to wash his hair for the third time (he hasn't felt so filthy since secondary school and it is not pleasant), that he remembers: the conference.*


*He finishes washing, then towels of and dresses rapidly, nearly running (well, hobbling quickly) to the phone.*

Text received from 07### ######


my presence is required at Labour conference next weekend.  Cancelling not an option.  At least one of the events is after dark.

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Congratulations to Mr Balls for completing the London Marathon.
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The sentiment? Admirable.

The execution? Despicable.

I do hope Mr Joyce is ashamed of himself.
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Europhobia, xenophobia and implicit condonation of the EDL is no way to reinvent the Labour Party. Fighting for the centre ground does not mean adopting the vilest policies of the Tory backbenchers. Blue Labour is nonsense, pandering to the lowest common denominator.

I find it appalling, that when we have the Conservatives on the run over phone hacking and the economy, that Ed Miliband should resort to this political dredging. There is absolutely no reason, when the majority of people are worried about the dog's breakfast that Osborne has made of the economy, to pander to petty prejudice and the Daily Mail mob.
therealpm: (Thinking)
Do send your condolences to Chris. He's suffered a rather nasty flying rugby injury and is devastated at being unable to campaign door to door. I'm sure any expressions of sympathy would be most welcome.


Apr. 5th, 2011 01:04 pm
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I can't say the man and I ever enjoyed much by way of conversation, but it was a pleasure today to unveil a statue of one of the Labour party's all-time greats.

In other news, it appears that yet another yougov poll has been doing the rounds,this time about who is the nation's most irritating politician. In no particular order the results are:

 IrritatingNot IrritatingDon't Know
Ed Balls513118
John Bercow361846
Lembit Opik631819
Baroness Warsi391744
George Osborne523018
David Cameron48457
Vince Cable393824
Nick Clegg52418
Ed Miliband523711
Gordon Brown58338
Peter Mandelson651816
Harriet Harman542817
William Hague504010
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"You can be as rude as you like about Peter Mandelson, but he is a very clever man. And if Ed Miliband really wants to win, it would be a good idea to have every available piece of talent at his disposal, which means finding someone more convincing than Ken Livingstone to go on Question Time, for a start." ~ Tom Bradby. 25 March, 2011

It is rare, but always amusing, when confirmation of one's reservations regarding certain aspects of the party's conduct arrives so swiftly and is expressed with such such succinct clarity. The rest of the article is worth a read too.
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The boy is doing well, certainly better than is helpful given the current situation. Our long term strategy is reasonably secure, but a short term boost to keep us in the public's good books would not be unwelcome.

...and of course, a scattershot approach to divert media attention elsewhere can be very effective.
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A change of politicians does not appear to necessitate a change in policy.

I find it interesting that the coalition government accuses Labour of lacking policies whilst simultaneously adopting them.
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Dan Jarvis (Lab) 14,724 : 60.8%
Jane Collins (UKIP) 2,953 : 12.19%
James Hockney (C) 1,999 : 8.25%
Enis Dalton (BNP) 1,463 : 6.04%
Tony Devoy (Ind) 1,266 : 5.23%
Dominic Carman (LD) 1,012 : 4.18%
Kevin Riddiough (Eng Dem) 544 : 2.25%
Howling Laud Hope (Loony) 198 : *
Michael Val Davies (Ind) 60 : *

Lab majority 11,771: Turnout 36.5%
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Time to clear up a few misconceptions about my views on Mr Miliband.

In other, unrelated, news. I can confirm that contrary to media speculation, Coulson will not be joining 'Global Counsel'. We do have standards to maintain, after all.
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All in all an excellent and informative week with some significant labour victories and the prospect of more to come.

Progress on The Machine: sucessfully uninstalled previous system.  Considering switch to germanic rune set; elder futhark rather unwieldy.

Now where's everybody got to....?
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According to Nick Robinson, the problem with Labour is that we're simply too interesting; the poor boy can't take his eyes off us.

Labourites: feel suitably chastened. Unlike our conservative counterparts, we just haven't got the hang of 'dull'.


Jan. 20th, 2011 05:20 pm
therealpm: (Plotting)
A gentle reminder to the Labour Shadow cabinet: we are not the Tory party. Position is determined by political merit, not inheritance, and there are no safe seats. Buck up, or get out.

In other news, Alastair's getting quite cuddly in his old age. Perhaps someone should tell him that a coalition of opposing idealogies has already been done?
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