… taking us straight back to 1987.
Well, for all those of us hoping that this weekend would result in a buoyant and effective Labour party emerging from the drabness of the Brown years to form a dynamic (and possibly, if enough LimpDems defected, effective), opposition, we’ve been royally shafted.
We simply cannot – and I say this as a lifelong Labour supporter and trade union activist – have a party leader so deeply in hock to the unions, while, at the same time, clearly being unwanted by his own MPs and party.
And can a leader, actually unelected by the party he leads, but elected by the unions, actually be constitutional? Reading today’s papers, there does seem to be a real doubt about that. Not to mention the dodgy behaviour of the GMB in so openly supporting Ed on their election form mailshot.
And, also, not to mention the fact that he is, quite simply, the wrong brother – apart from anything else, Ed is hugely inexperienced compared to his brother. David, true, still carries the taint of Blairism, but I believe he can get past that. What we can’t get past, right now, is that Ed Miliband, in all probability equals another long spell in the opposition wilderness. Still, perhaps there’s a cupboard full of flat caps and beer glasses somewhere in party HQ, because, with that farce of an election, New Labour is truly dead and buried.
I never thought to see the day when I agreed with a Tory politician, but Lady Warsi was right on the money when she said that “Ed Miliband wasn’t the choice of his MPs, wasn’t the choice of Labour party members but was put in to power by union votes. I’m afraid this looks like a great leap backwards for the Labour party.”