Wednesday, May 13, 2009

where now?

Can we save Labour? Polly Toynbee thinks it's time to bring in Alan Johnson.

Here's an analysis of his voting record, via They Work For You.

Voted strongly for introducing ID cards.
Voted very strongly for introducing foundation hospitals.
Voted strongly for introducing student top-up fees.
Voted very strongly for Labour's anti-terrorism laws.
Voted very strongly for the Iraq war.
Voted very strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war.
Voted very strongly for replacing Trident.

It's a no, isn't it?

1 comment:

ThomasFairfax said...

It's a very strong NO.
In fact it is difficult to think of any candidates for the post. Most (but fortunatly not all) Labour MP's have been tainted with the "New Labour" nameplate and thereby have exposed themselves to the criticism of being nothing other than SDP leftovers from the 80's, more interested in popularity and retention (at any cost) of power, than of any semblance of principle.
I did not leave the Labour Party. The Labour Party left me.
The sooner we get back to campaigning on principle and idealism, even if the right (of the Party and of the political spectrum) resort to the usual tatics of supression of criticism and even at the risk of being called the Loony Left, then the sooner we can restore some credibility to British Politics.
Alan Johnson is not up to this task. In fact he should reapply for his old Job.