No Thank You, Mr Cruddas

Posted in Janine's blog on Tue, 27/02/2007 - 14:48,

Jon Cruddas has emailed me, asking for my support to be Labour's Deputy Leader. Perhaps no-one told him I'd been expelled.

I've copied his letter below, and you will notice the emphasis on his survey. And what a vacuous effort it is.

You are invited to indicate which policy area you think is most important - a favourite trick of contemporary politicians who want to look like they are interested in your opinions, but don't actually let you express your opinions on the issues you are invited to tick, and make you choose between important issues because, you know, you can't have it all.

He wants us to tell him what Labour's greatest achievement is, but not its greatest mistake (let alone betrayal). Gosh no, he might have had to mention the Iraq war, which he supported.

And his choices for measures to revitalise the party are all organisational - no option for 'adopt some socialist policies', for example!

So no, I won't be supporting Cruddas - even from outside the Labour Party. I can't be arsed either to fill in his survey or to explain his failings, since that has been done quite concisely here.


Dear Friends,

There's been a lot of talk about the future of the Labour party recently.

As we get closer to May's local elections, the Tories appear stronger, the Lib Dems are as cocky as ever, and the nationalists think they're on the edge of something big. For the first time in 15 years, we have a real fight on our hands.

In response to the growing opposition we have heard warnings from our leadership to avoid "lurching to the left". But as membership continues to decline and public opinion is increasingly uncertain on many of our core issues, do we have a plan?

I do, and it begins with you, the party's most valuable asset.

Please join me today in a campaign to rebuild our party at the grassroots: a link to a survey
I'm standing for Deputy Leader because I believe that our Party is the vehicle which expresses and acts on the aspirations and hopes of working people. I believe that we must remain a party of collectivism, the strength of the many over the interests of the few.
I've spent the past few months travelling the country and speaking with a whole range of party members. I've also met many who have left our party and are looking for a reason to come back.

In all of these talks one thing is clear -- for too long Labour has been defined by what happens in Westminster, not by our members across the country. This must change.

So, today, I'm asking you -- councillors, party members, trade unionists, everyone -- to help define the future of our party by answering just a few simple questions on my website:
Another link to the same survey

This is just the start of a debate that is long overdue and I hope you'll get involved. It is a debate that must be open to everyone, because a vibrant Labour Party is essential to a strong future for Britain.

Together, we can make it happen. Now is the time. Please start today.

One more link to the very same survey

All the best,

Jon Cruddas MP

PS. The press is starting to take notice of our campaign to change our party. Visit my website to read recent coverage, leave a comment on the blog and find upcoming campaign events in your area.

The AWL, Labour and the Left


Submitted by Janine on Fri, 09/03/2007 - 18:04

Despite my harsh words and my refusal to fill in Cruddas' survey, his campaign has again written to me with fulsome praise and vain attempts to enlist my support.

They even assure me that "your opinions are already influencing Jon's campaign." I very much doubt this, as if my opinions influenced his campaign, then he wouldn't have a campaign.

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