Opinion: The Labour Party had a massive injection of cash over the Summer.
People signed up as party members, some were then blocked, others suspended preventing them voting in the party's leadership election, later to be reinstated but with alleged offences remaining on file.
What did Labour care as they laughed all the way to the bank?
Well some in the Labour Party cared but it was not enough.
Monday it was reported "Labour will kick plans to give thousands of new members more power in party structures into the long grass, amid concerns that the party needs to focus on the possibility of an imminent general election."
Now why are my alarm bells ringing?
As that report in the Guardian says the party now has the money to hire the necessary PR group thanks to we the members.
"The party’s executive committee has decided to put plans for a so-called “democracy day” on hold in order to focus on election strategy. The move means that any concessions to MPs, such as shadow cabinet elections, which were demanded during the party’s annual conference in Liverpool, have also been shelved. Sources close to Jeremy Corbyn said plans to give Labour’s 500,000 members more representatives on the party’s national executive committee (NEC) would be stalled, despite the launch this week of a national campaign by Momentum urging the change."
Ah those sources, always unnamed, that the right-wing media like to cite.
It has taken nerves of steel and true grit to stay a Labour Party member in 2016.
Long standing members may be used to divisive fun and games but the rest of us are not.
But sadly the writing is on the wall again.
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Why is Blair coming back to politics?
With his flair for showmanship Tony Blair has released teasers on twitter saying he will be making an announcement in the New Year. News of a possible return will please some people but anger many more.
July 2015 "Tony Blair says he wouldn’t want a left-wing Labour party to win an election."
Well obviously. Blair and his pals Alastair Campbell and Peter Mandelson to name just two are as much a part of the establishment as David Cameron and George Osborne.
For now it is watch, wait and see.
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