Gordon’s on his way then
In his letter, Mr Purnell said he owed it to the Labour Party to “say what I believe no matter how hard that may be”.
Yeah I think he, the rest of the New Labour self-serving careerists, and the “left leaning” Guardian newspaper, probably owed it to the Labour Party to wait a couple of days before sticking the boot in, instead of doing it on the eve of a major election.
Their actions can only have helped the Tories, UKIP, and the BNP. It’s hardly going to encourage people to going running to the polls to vote for your party when you tell them that your leader isn’t fit for the job.
Still, waiting until next week would have meant that it wouldn’t have done the maximum damage to Labour Party, and damaging the Labour Party at the polls to get at Gordon Brown, was clearly the plan.
All this from senior Labour Party members and the “left leaning” Guardian newspaper. So much for their commitment to fight the Tories.
I have long suspected for various reasons, that it was a real possibility the Labour Party might implode after their defeat in the 2010 general election, none of this is convincing me that I might be barking up the wrong tree.
New Labour is dead, it has yet to seen if the Labour Party itself can be saved. I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that the Labour Party is now possibly too rotten to be saved. We’re probably getting closer to the time when a new party needs to be built, to serve the interests of ordinary British people.Posted 8 years ago
I for one hope he doesn’t step down. It’ll be the final bit of thread that unravels Labours hold on Government. I don’t want a tory PM, and the LibDems IMHO have an arse and elbow complex that doesn’t really suit leading a country.
We can be quite short sighted in our views of politicians sometimesPosted 8 years ago
Be nice to see Labour return to it’s traditional values instead of some kind of modern mix of right wing with a splash of lefty stuff thrown in to keep the cheques coming in from the unions.
I don’t know, I’m a blue collar worker, I get good basic pay, more than my wife who is a teacher, final salary pension, etc etc. Granted the economy on it’s arse, but that’s a global problem. Labour seem to be doing ok by their traditional ‘working class’ votersPosted 8 years ago
The only surprise is he’s probably not going to make it to Monday.Posted 8 years ago
But why are they resigning? Whats sparked the sudden change in mood amongst the Labour camp? only recently the economy showed signs of stability, and things maybe looked like they’ll be ok. Not disagreeing with you by the way, just think certain aspects of the press won’t be happy until the banks have all closed, and there isn’t an MP left in the commons, just so they can say, “we told you so”Posted 8 years ago
if that makes any difference
Not very much. About 5 ministers have resigned in the last 24 hours, 3 of them cabinet members, and the polls have only been shut for a couple of hours. I don’t expect all rats to jump from a sinking ship at exactly the same time. And it’s all part of the same concerted plan anyway.
No one can deny that it couldn’t possibly have come at a worst time for the Labour Party. Next week would have been better. But now the back-stabbing self-serving careerists have got an excuse when the disastrous poll results are announced – it’s all Gordon Brown’s fault. They themselves will of course be innocent. And they did point out that he wasn’t doing a good job, even before the results were known. So they right all along.Posted 8 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
He needed to take control a few weeks ago but I reckon he’s missed the opportunity now. If he goes then fair enough, but which of the back-stabbing arseholes are going to take his place…
I just cannot see Cameron running this country…but its looking like he’s going to.
What was that famous headline…”Last one out please turn out the lights”Posted 8 years ago
I don’t want a tory PM
I’m afraid you’re going to be rather disappointed – I don’t think this episode has changed anything from that perspective though. I’m reasonably hopeful that at least we won’t get a general election in the near future, since if we did have one now it would be dominated by the expense row, which would be a really terrible thing (Shirley Williams just made exactly the same point on Newsnight as I was typing – not sure how I feel about agreeing with her!)
I have to admit that even as an instinctive Tory voter (and happy to admit that – though I’ll point out I don’t always vote that way, nor did I vote for the same party in both elections today – and no I didn’t vote BNP or UKIP) I’m still not totally sure about Cameron as PM – would rather have him than Brown (or indeed anybody else who’s likely to be PM going into the election from what I’ve seen of them so far) though.Posted 8 years ago
if we did have one now it would be dominated by the expense row
Bet James Purnell agrees with you :
I wonder if he’ll throw his hat in the ring for leader to replace Brown ?Posted 8 years ago
Not very much. About 5 ministers have resigned in the last 24 hours, 3 of them cabinet members, and the polls have only been shut for a couple of hours
But then Purnell himself did wait until the polls closed, hence didn’t affect voting, so it does make a significant difference to your previous point where you were accusing him of doing so. Accuse Blears if you like, but not Purnell.Posted 8 years agoNickSubscriber
In the end I voted Labour in the European and Lib Dem in the council elections(they and the cons were the only choice for that one), I’d rather see an able Labour government than a Conservative one, Brown has to go to give the party a chance to sort itself out before the election or we’re getting Cameron as PM next year.Posted 8 years agodeadlydarcyMember
Hmmm, I seem to remember the tories being just as reviled (if not more) in the lead up to the general election in 1997. I’m not just saying this to defend Labour or to have a pop at the tories. I do believe though, that the tory party under John Major (a thoroughly decent chap who didn’t deserve to have to try and lead the bunch of idiots under him…ok, Currie aside 😳 ) was more rotten and corrupt than the bunch there now. We just didn’t see it or have access to as much information about them back then. But we still grew to hate them and they were chucked out on their arses. Who’s left from that time…I can’t think of anyone other than Clarke (who a lot of Labour voters wish was on their side anyway).
Inevitably, with the system of party politics that we have, along with the FPTP voting system, this is what happens to any government which stays in power for anything over ten years (in recent memory; I don’t know enough to speak about governments, say between the wars and for the first decade and a half after the second world war). The politicians like to think they’re all media-savvy and experts at spin. On the other hand, the general public can see through their shite better now than before. And even if they are telling the truth about something, we’ve given up believing them…and we had before all the expenses stuff too.
It seems that we will always get bored of governments in this country and it saddens me to think that for the foreseeable future, we’ll have bugger all choice between the tories and the Labour party. We really need a revolutionary change in how MPs are elected, and how government is run once they’re in there. There really are MPs in parliament right now who are decent and care about the country – on every side. But they’ll never get to any positions of power because they probably don’t want to get involved in the back-scratching compromising and horse-trading that’s required. So we’ll always get career politicians – that’s what the system will always deliver.
You ask why they’re all resigning…well, what do you expect…Brown’s lost his mandate in the party and they’re just getting ready to align themselves to the next prospective leader (who will lose the next election) until it’s time to actually go for the tories while in opposition. That’s when we’ll see the next crop of career politicians. If it’s not a landslide victory and Labour feel they have a chance in a subsequent election, then I’m guessing Harriet will be the next leader…after whoever loses the election. But really, I’m only guessing.Posted 8 years ago
so it does make a significant difference to your previous point
Not a significant difference no. My disgust is at the plotters in general and the damage they are trying to inflict onto the Labour – Party Purnell is part of that plot imo.
The fact that waited for the second hand to hit 12 doesn’t impress me. The aim is clear – he resigned before the results were known so that’s not the reason he’s resigning, it’s because Gordon isn’t doing a good job ……. don’t you know. Of course now that he’s resigned early he can claim that he always supported the plotters so any political ambitions should be intact.Posted 8 years agoNickSubscriber
It probably is too late, but leaving Gordon in there is definately not going to help.
Kind of feel sorry for him, in a way he’s a little like Major, probably wanted this all his political life, has taken over from someone with a much bigger presence who has continued to overshadow him and now I guess he’s sitting there cursing Blair and the legacy he was left to deal with. Blair must be pissing himself right now.Posted 8 years ago
You should go back and re-read your first post, GG – the first half was very definitely complaining about the damage it would do at the polls, not damage in general (the second half didn’t really talk about either that specifically). So yes, a very significant difference. I could quote it if you like, but I’m sure you’re capable of scrolling up.Posted 8 years ago
I’m sure you’re capable of scrolling up.
Yeah I’ve scrolled up and, I lumped him with, quote : “the rest of the New Labour self-serving careerists, and the “left leaning” Guardian newspaper” As I said, it was a general attack on the plotters, not particularly Purnell.
What’s the problem ? You think I should be impressed that he personally, waited until 10 pm, although he was undoubtedly plotting, scheming, and encouraging others, all this week ? Sorry I’m not.
Or do just want to have an argument with me ? Maybe try to find holes to pick in a post which I quickly wrote ?Posted 8 years agodeadlydarcyMember
Wasn’t it true though that Labour had accepted they were in for a pasting this time though? Jesus, even I didn’t vote for them 😯
I’m not sure the timing matters that much anyway…regarding Labours dismal polling. He only waited till 10pm so he could hold his dirty hands up tomorrow and say “Who, me? Plotting? Damaging our poll results? Never!”Posted 8 years ago
Here aracer, I’ve just scrolled up again, and I noticed that I wrote “eve of a major election”. Well if I was referring purely to Purnell, then that is wrong. Purnell resigned on election day. How come you didn’t pull me up on that ?
Why don’t you post on here asking me if I meant Purnell in particular ? Because if I did, then it means that I got my facts wrong.
Whilst you’re doing that, I’ll scroll up again and see if I can find anything else.Posted 8 years ago
You think I should be impressed that he personally, waited until 10 pm, although he was undoubtedly plotting, scheming, and encouraging others, all this week ?
No – it was quite incredible timing in its way. However all the reports I’ve seen suggest you’re still being unfair on him in particular regarding the second part – it would appear he surprised even those closest to him.Posted 8 years ago
you’re still being unfair on him
Shucks aracer, now you’re making me feel bad 🙁
OK……. perhaps you right. Perhaps I just used Purnell resignation as a thinly veiled excuse to attack the plotters which have done so much damage to Labour this week.
Yeah you’re probably right, the guy sounds like an OK kinda guy. He probably spent all week working very hard to keep the party united so that it got the best possible result in these elections. He probably is not a rat jumping from a sinking ship at all. In fact he’ll probably make a great leader to replace Gordon Brown.
Shame I can’t delete my original post as now, none of it makes any sense at all.Posted 8 years agoStonerSubscriber
I went to bed early, with rumours ringing in my ears that a resignation with a demand for BRown to go was due at 10pm, but didnt quite believe any of those spineless careerist actually had the balls to do it.
Ive said it twice that I thought they’d at least wait until the European Election results came in on Sunday/Monday!
The end of New Labour, and possibly the Labour Party will be televised.
As you say GG, time for a new party. Even then, it probably wouldnt be one for me, but it cant be right that such a substantial number of voters are disenfranchised with the current party offerings.Posted 8 years agomtMember
I’ll be happy for Brown to be out but would sooner it happened at the general election, another unelected PM is not the right way forward. If the Labour party is sent packing perhaps it would be time to endite Blair and Co on war crimes charges for Iraq. Vote Mass Murder Vote Labour.Posted 8 years agoStonerSubscriber
It would be cynical of the Labour party to have another coronation of, say, Johnson, and then hold out until June next year for a popular test.
To get some credibility back, they should have a proper leadership contest in the PLP, present a temporary PM to Parliament in the few weeks before the summer recess and dissolve parliament then so that a General Election can be run in September.Posted 8 years agotrailmonkeyMember
The end of New Labour, and possibly the Labour Party will be televised.
As you say GG, time for a new party. Even then, it probably wouldnt be one for me, but it cant be right that such a substantial number of voters are disenfranchised with the current party offerings
Weren’t the same grumblings offered about the Tories in 1997 ? That there would be no way back for them ? Slightly different I suppose as I always suspect the electorate to be overwhelmingly Tory and Labour only ever form governments when people wish to dissent. However, predicting the end of the Labour party is rather wishful thinking by some.Posted 8 years ago
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