Britain, Labour Party, Politics, Tony Blair

Labour’s got a serious problem: DEATH

Yesterday Labour was humiliated in a by-election triggered by Gwyneth Dunwoody’s death. And Labour’s former PM Tony Blair had a near-death experience. Add those two events together and what you get? In the next two years, the Labour Party had better look after its MPs very carefully. It wouldn’t be very Labour, but they might want to seriously consider private health care and private security for their precious Members of Parliament…

Britain, donorgate, Politics

Blairites must be loving it

Last night, while I was watching John Denham being interviewed on Newsnight, I came to think of this: out of the six deputy leadership candidates, Harman took an illegal donation; Hain failed to declare multiple donations; and Benn took a donation from David Abrahams at a time when Abrahams was illegally funding the Labour Party. Who’s left? Leaving aside Cruddas, who just the other day signed an appeal supporting Hugo ‘porque no te callas’ Chavez, only Blears and Johnson: that is, the two blairite candidates are the only ones who, at this stage, are untouched by the scandal. It does sound odd, doesn’t it? Blairite and clean in the same sentence… still, maybe that’s really what Donorgate’s doing: shifting our frame of reference.