Sunday, September 28, 2003

Paul Richards

Met paul richards of the thinker last night at the london reception. The man who wrote How to win an election is for the first time since 1997 not contesting a seat. Bad Omen?

Saturday, September 27, 2003

Blog at Bournmouth

Found out today that i'm going to be stewarding in the conference hall from Sunday morning. Also found out that Elinor Goodman political editor of Channel 4 is wearing new marks and spencer gear. Btw some guy with a big curely haircut and a dodgy blue patterned jumper just walked past, think he was the prime ministers chief of staff. Off to a reception...

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Beating about the bush

I culled this from a left wing email list

"Bush is to play a four day state visit to London in November. There is only one response to this - The TUC must call a stoppage of work
to coincide with the visit"

Somehow I suspect that not all trade unionists let alone all workers would want to lose a day's pay because Bush will be coming to London. The left's faith in human nature is incredible.


I managed to crash and burn as expected.

Saturday, September 20, 2003

Crash and Burn?

Politics is a funny old game. Nothing is ever all it seems not least in selections. Manchester Labour Party is deciding it's candidates for next June's elections
and there seems to be a marked reluctance for those who have their best days behind them (to put it kindly) to stand down.

So it came as a big surprise when one of the more elderly members announced, I hear, at his reselection meeting that he didn't want to carry on. This put the ward Labour party in something of a difficult position of finding a replacement candidate. Usually people have someone in mind and the personal statements that all people on the panel have to prepare are a waste of paper. But in this instance they appear to have got a bit carried away as seemingly anyone who could be bothered to write more than 250 words is on the shortlist for the vacant seat.

This happens to include me and 8 others apart from the sitting councillors. The final selection meeting is in a couple of days when there are going to be a lot of dissapointed would be candidates.

So if air traffic control lose anything from the radar next Tuesday night it'll probably be me crashing and burning.

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Pointing the way

I know that tom watson doesn't like it but I think compass will be useful in pushing the government in a less timid direction. Personally the bit I don't get is the £30 joining fee (waged) £15 (unwaged) is that the action of an egalitarian organisation? And they wonder why politics is increasingly a middle class pursuit.

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