Friday, 25 May 2007

I want to be part of the forum - what's to be done?

Dear All,

Duncan and I set up this forum hoping that it was going to be a collaborative effort. We would very much appreciate people on the Labour Left to leave their e-mail addresses in the "comment" box of this post in order for you to take part in the debate and for us increase the number of participants - your e-mail address must be linked to your google account/you require a google account to be able to participate. Your e-mail addresses will be deleted as soon as you have been added to our list of authors; so don't worry about privacy!

If you have any suggestion concerning subjects up for discussion, don't hesitate to bring it up. All help is welcome!

Comradely,

Mikael

12 comments:

C21Soc said...
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Mikael said...

That's fine, you've been added, I think...

Should I delete your comment alon this section?

Mikael

Mikael said...

By the way,

Have you accepted your invitation???

I'm quite new to this myself.

Mikael

Mikael said...

Yes, Mike, that's quite right...errr, Left!!!

Mikael said...

P.S. Mike, have now deleted the post containing your address. Please, take a minute to confirm that you have received/accepted your invitation!

Your comments/posts/suggestions/effort are more than welcome!

Comradely,

Mikael

Mike Baldock said...

cheers mikael - and great work on getting this set up so quickly!

Interestingly I notice that so far Cruddas hasn't had one comment on his new blog entry - despite it being there for nearly a day now - in the meantime John McD's had nearly 2 dozen on his...

Where's the interest, and who's the friendless one now?

Mikael said...

Good point, Mike!

I think Cruddas' Campaign will run out of steam over the coming weeks.

His supporters where shouting their throats sore over his 9%. Too bad it didn't occur to them that the 9% in question were largely the same as 9% - 15% if combined with Michael Meacher's "score" - who backed John McDonnell. Cruddas' "McDonnellite" supporters will no doubt be less enthusiastic about his campaign now that his credibility has been shattered. I think it's pretty safe to say that, when he placed his money on Brown, Cruddas bet on the wrong horse - at least as far as his own campaign is concerned, given that he's spent months portraying himself as a "Lefty" (again, at a zero-level of credibility), something which Brown certainly isn't.

Having said that, I would personally be vehemently opposed to the idea of the "Labour Left Forum" supporting a Deputy Leadership candidate - it's a non-contest which therefore does not deserve our time! In addition to that, there's no candidate worthy of the fine "Labour Left" label. Each "Labour Lefty" should be free to choose his own candidate - or spoil his ballot, which, I would be tempted to suggest, is the best alternative. What do you think?

Comradely,

Mikael

Mike Baldock said...

Yes, it is a largely irrelevant position, and policy will have no place in it once the deputy has been chosen - as Heseltine put it so bluntly last night on QT!

Turnout will be interesting - especially as if it is low it will reflect badly on Brown for not allowing the main contest.

But there are other forums for discussing that particular fiasco, and you're right - there shouldn't be an 'official' support from any section of the Left.

Also, given the peculiar election system, I think it will come down to who has the most Top 3 votes across the colleges - so people won't be able to really have any preference other than 3 'yes' candidates and 3 'no' candidates.

But I digress!

I might just write 'John 4 Leader' across mine...

Mikael said...

Thank you Marsha! I have sent you an invitation, good to have you onboard!

Comradely,

Mikael

P.S. I have deleted the post containing you address, so don't worry about privacy!

Jon Rogers said...

a welcome addition to the blogosphere - well done!

there's an interesting view on supporting Cruddas in today's Morning Star and I would be interested to hear your views

Mikael said...

Thank you, Jon!

I was just about to add your blog/ask you for your e-mail address (which I have now deleted from this thread, so, again, don't worry about privacy). Brilliant minds thin alike, eh?

My take on the Morning Star's support for Cruddas? Well, I'd be tempted to say that I don't approve of it. Having said that, I do not back candidate in the Deputy Leadership race. Like many other Left-wing publication - and many good Labour Party activists for that matter - has fallen for Cruddas' little "Lefty"-schtik. I can understand why - I assume it would have been difficult for the MS to come out, if it was to "come out" at all, in favour of a spoilt ballot. I do not, however, think its position is justified. Otherwise, I think the MS was quite right to describe the Deputy Leadership race as a "New Labour beauty-contest" (I had personally described it as a "cat-walk" in the past). However, Cruddas isn't any better than the rest of them. The "Labour Left Forum" will therefore endorse any Deputy Leadership candidate.

Where do you stand on this issue, Jon?

Comradely,

Mikael

Doctor Dunc said...

I can completely understand why a lot of 'lefties' will back Cruddas, and if they want to, fair enough. Shan't be joining them, myself :o)