Goings on in Brighton
By Tory Aardvark
The Labour conference is underway amid the mixed messages from the slowly withering government and the opinion polls. Once the the major events of the day are over there are all sorts of meetings, bun fights and other gatherings. Here are some interesting snippets in no particular order that have appeared on various blogs and tweets.
Long time Labout propaganda boradsheet the Guardian held a party last night expecting Gordon Brown to show, instead in a suprising lack of sensitivty Brown attended the The Telegraph party instead. As Brown is rapidly running out of friends in the media, one could be forgiven for thinking that he would have been there, but then no one could accuse Brown of political judgement. There was a book called “How Make Friends and Influence People” perhaps the party faithful should be hunting on Amazon for a copy for Leader.
The opinion polls are all over the place yesterday Labour had gained 5%, today they are in third place behind the Lib Dems, the real test will be in the polls when the Conference silly season is over.
Labour activists have allegedly been given the plan for the General Election Campaign, with polling day being May 6th 2010, which would mean the country voting on Local Elections and the General Election on the same day, the other option is to hang on until June 3rd 2010. However with all the indicators that Labour will get hammered Nationally and Locally Brown is unlikely to want to go to the country having just been hammered in the Local elections.
The talk amongst Labour delegates is of doom and gloom, post electoral defeat leadership contests and struggling back from a defeat likely to be worse than that suffered by Michael Foot in 1983. Special advisers are busily updating their CV’s and wondering if they will have a job next summer.
All the indications from various fringe meetings are that following electoral disaster the Labour party will swing massively to the left, which should mean with a bit of luck they are unelectable for at least two generations.
Going back to the Guardian party in the Grand Hotel, they did get one MP drop by Martin McGuiness………….
Labour List tell the truth….. in their first report.