Why I’ve decided to join the Labour party


2:06 pm - August 16th 2010

by Sunny Hundal    


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This has probably been the most difficult political decision I’ve made yet. Being an independent lefty was a badge I wore with pride; it gave me the license to criticise and praise any political party without the baggage that comes with affiliation.

The decision to nail my colours to the mast then wasn’t taken lightly.

But eventually, I don’t think it was possible to sit by idly while the Coalition tries to better Thatcher in destroying the welfare state. I wanted to get involved in the fight-back but I also wanted to be part of a political movement that articulated an alternative. And so, the political climate forced my hand.

Joining Labour was the obvious choice. Joining the Libdems was not an option; the Tories stand for everything I’m against and the Libdems are unfortunately enabling the Tories to carry out a ruinous agenda. The Greens are too ideologically pure for me.

But joining Labour was not an easy choice. I could not bring myself to vote for Labour in May 2010 because too many of its MPs tried their best to alienate centre-left voters like myself. It wasn’t just Iraq, ID cards, child detention centres, obscene anti-terror laws or the lock-em-up approach to prisons It wasn’t just that a close friend had talked to a seven yr-old from Congo who had been imprisoned for months just for seeking asylum and pursuing an education here.

It was also because while the party claimed to be for equality and fairness, it gave a free ride to bankers even after they wrecked the economy. I have never been a party tribalist: only loyal to the left-wing values and ideals that Labour was founded on. I wasn’t alone in feeling like this: the election highlighted how many millions have abandoned the party since 1997.

Of course, it’s easier now that much of the old-guard from May 2010 have been ousted or retired. My hope now is that the party takes a different road now to reconnect with those voters again.

Labour’s criticial juncture
But I also think there is a broader issue here. I’ve long said that lefties need to get more involved with Westminster and not just wash our hands off it when we get disillusioned. By that, I don’t necessarily mean going for political office but finding ways to put pressure on Westminster from the left.

Given the Coalition’s agenda, the time to just shout from the sidelines and hope the system changes is over. We have to campaign for it and get involved in the political system. We have to try and influence that direction. Labour’s values used to be different, and it can change again.

Labour is at an intellectual juncture with the centrists devoid of ideas, vision or energy. It’s no wonder many of them are now joining the Coalition as advisers.

Labour has to become pluralist, outward-looking and visionary. It needs conviction in the values that it was founded on. It needs to attract back millions of voters. I feel I can better campaign for that from within the party than outside it.

I plan to start campaigning for a Labour leadership candidate from this week.

Needless to say, Liberal Conspiracy’s editorial policy will remain unaffected. This will remain a left-wing site that will host views from the liberal to the socialist end of the spectrum. I have no intention of becoming a Labour tribalist unwilling to criticise the party.

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Welcome to the Party :-)

Fair play to you Sunny (you’re probably aware you’ll get a lot of stick for this from some quarters), been thinking of joining myself the past few weeks/months for exactly the same reasons.

Heh no big surprise, you’ve been on this trajectory for a looong time mate.;)

The Labour Party is certainly better off with you in it.

Ok I am biased as a Green Party member but I am not convinced that the Labour Party is democratic enough for members to have any real say and I certainly feel that the Labour left has wilted.

British politics is a bit of wasteland at present and I appreciate you are trying to do what is best but I just don’t think there is the space.

6. Adam Pogonowski

Too ideologically pure? What trash.

Just to be clear, I think this is great news, probably the best political news I’ve heard recently. Very happy for you mate. :)

As a Lib Dem member, I of course think this is unwise.

There are basically two mainstream positions in UK politics at the moment: the liberal right (i.e. the coalition government), or the authoritarian left (i.e. the Labour opposition).

I’m of the liberal centre, so feel comfortable to remain as a Lib Dem.

Sunny has decided that his leftist persuasion trumps his liberal persuasion. Fair enough.

Sunny comforts himself in thinking that Labour can be shifted towards a more socially liberal position. Fat chance. As the coalition takes steps to restore our civil liberties, Labour will have more motivation than ever to play to the tabloid gallery and take a populist, authoritarian stance.

I wish Sunny was right, but I see no evidence that he could be.

9. John Spence

Who are you campaigning for and what big job/safe seat have they promised to parachute you into?

The date on that text message is 13th July.

So you joined pretty much 5 weeks ago. Not today.

welcome to the party old boy

Of course, you realise that this just a precursor to your resignation letter, which I comfortably predict will be posted here (or on some sort of future-tech equivalent) in 2030, when Labour gets back into power and is forced once again in the compromises inherent therein. Opposition is an easy thing to support.

Given the Coalition’s agenda, the time to just shout from the sidelines and hope the system changes is over. We have to campaign for it and get involved in the political system. We have to try and influence that direction.

However strenuously one tries, getting involved may be no more influential than the sideline-screaming.

14. Libby Dyson

Sunny, it’s only 3.5 months since you gave your endorsement to the Liberal Democrats in place of Labour:
http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/05/01/the-guardian-endorses-the-libdems-and-im-with-them/

Since then, the Lib Dem policies have changed not at all, as we endlessly hear from people complaining about how they turned out to be rightwing Nazi capitalists or whatever.

Nor have Labour’s.

Why are you sticking your neck out, Sunny? Why not just remain neutral? New New Labour is only going to disappoint you, like the Lib Dems did, and presumbly New Labour before them.

Welcome to the party, now get stuck in, actions speak louder than words.

Welcome :) I rejoined after seeing liberal democrats only have principles when it doesnt count! When they can get a bit of power bye bye manifesto and principles great innit. Like yourself I am a leftie and see it as essential that we at least try and get a center left opposition to make the case to get rid of the con-dems!

I rejoined after seeing liberal democrats only have principles when it doesnt count! When they can get a bit of power bye bye manifesto and principles great innit.

What a stark contrast to 1997. Er…

18. Karl Thomas

great article, I’ve joined the LP last week for the exact same reasons! Even though I am unhappy about the appalling things Labour did while in office I feel there is now a real chance to change the direction of the party. To ‘turn the page’ as Diane Abbot would say!

Welcome to the Party – always good to have people who can articulate their reasons for joining and who are looking forward to getting involved.

Just out of curiosity do you know which leadership candidate you will be supporting?

Sunny, be careful about the timing of this. I can see you in a party led by Ed Miliband or Ed Balls. But David Miliband? You talk about centre-left voters like myself but you’re really left, not centre left. Simon Hughes is centre left. James Purnell is centre left. You are left, pure and simple. David Miliband is headed to steer a centre left to dead centrist policy. Can you be happy with that? Maybe you should wait to see what kind of party it is that you are joining? Just a few more weeks!

Unless…… you think that by campaigning now, you can affect the outcome, of course.

Why are you sticking your neck out, Sunny? Why not just remain neutral?

For the reasons I outlined above – that I feel the party needs to change in order to attract back and connect with the millions of voters it has lost since 1997.

Being neutral is easy – I felt that I had to get involved. The stakes are too high.

And no – I’ve not been offered a seat or have been applying for any political position. In fact, the only people within the party who knew were the ones sorting out my application form.

You’re not the only one :-)

As a non-member I campaigned for Labour at the last election because I realised that the alternative was too horrible to bear. And now my fears are coming true. The day after the election I decided that the Labour leadership had fought such a bad election, on such a tawdry manifesto, that there was no choice: I had to do something to change them. And that meant becoming a member.

Sunny, if anyone from the Labour top table contacts you, can you tell them to do something about their atrocious membersnet website? It is designed in a way that makes me think that Labour do not want their members to engage with each other.

Good post, Brother Hundal. ;)

I joined the Labour Party recently too, despite having sometimes voted against it for tactical and ideological reasons.

I agree this is a watershed moment for Labour. Blair and Brown did nothing about the wealth gap – they just made things a little less uncomfortable for the poorest. The reason New Labour ran out of steam was that it didn’t do enough for the “many” ie. the underpaid working and middle classes who represent a vast majority of British voters. As soon as the debt bubble burst, these people (we) started looking around and realised that nobody was fighting for them (us). That’s why the last election was inconclusive and why the Conservatives got in by the back door.

The New Labour project was based on an economic model that has crashed, and any political party with election-winning ambitions needs to recognise that. The Tory answer is cuts. Labour needs to find its own answer – hopefully making a case for a sustainable tax system and investment in well paid jobs, housing and industrial infrastructure.

Labour can no longer afford to be the party of slightly guilty high earners, who know their interests (inevitably tied up with a low wage, high cost of living Britain) will be protected, as long as they go along with nice things like state nurseries and tax credits.

There are huge decisions to be made, and only a mass movement like Labour can make them. The only way to influence that is to become a member, even for those of us who aren’t natural loyalists of any kind!

Sorry…long reply.

While I applaud your decision to switch parties, I can’t help but think your reasons are rather vacuous.

For someone with serious intellectual pretensions, saying stuff like “[Labour] gave a free ride to bankers even after they wrecked the economy” is just crass.

You may come to regret your choice in a few years time if this is the fleeting level of thought you have put into your decision-making process.

Nice one Sunny. Took your bloody time though didn’t you ;)

#8. Duncan Stott

There are basically two mainstream positions in UK politics at the moment: the liberal right (i.e. the coalition government), or the authoritarian left (i.e. the Labour opposition).

Psst haven’t you noticed that New Labour are out of power and is effectively dead? So the Left is now free to become liberal again :-) Also, I would pull you up on your assertion that the Coalition is “liberal”.

Any government who solves the problem of abolishing the detention of asylum seeking children by simply quickening the time to deport them back to the country they are seeking asylum from is certainly not liberal in any book I have.

Wake up.

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What Leon said @3. Can’t say I agree with the decision, as I’m sceptical about capacity for change, but hope you get you want from it. =)

Nice one. I like!

30. DisgustedOfTunbridgeWells

Here’s to many more bookings on the bbc.

Sunny – congratulations for getting more involved and I wish you all the best with it. But it would be v interesting to hear a bit more on why you decided against joining the Greens… what does “ideologically too pure” mean? I’ve been facing the same dilemma with you and I decided this week to join the Greens.

32. Sean Dolat

Wow, i went through exactly the same process as you…

I voted Lib Dem (even in a Tory/Lab marginal).
I couldnt bring myself to vote labour just because of all the bad things they’ve done, which you’ve stated.
But now that there’s a leadership contest i feel maybe now there’s a chance someone can lead who would be true to what being Labour is all about.
Though for me it was only a £1 to join =) If the leader isn’t great i doubt i’ll renew my membership, and like you i dont intend to be a partisan hack noe either =P

Well, thanks to people like you Sean Dolat we have the tories at the helm. I too voted in a marginal and managed to hold my nose to vote Labour. To do otherwise would have been an attack on all the people the tories are punishing.

Welcome!

You don’t have to become a tribalist & it’s good to have both tribalists & non-tribalists involved to complement each others’ perspectives, but I would point out that being a tribalist doesn’t necessarily mean being unwilling to criticise the party!

#25. Richard Blogger

There are no signs that the next generation of Labour will be any more liberal than the previous. The only leadership candidate showing glimmers of hope is Diane Abbott, but she has no chance of winning. Liberalism within the Labour Party is seemingly the preserve of the old guard. I want to be wrong… show me why I am.

There is no liberal solution to the problem of failed asylum seekers. I don’t how you choose between child detention and faster deportation as the more liberal option. Both stink. The root cause needs tackling: the frequency of incorrect and immoral asylum application rejections, and the entire issue of movement restrictions in an increasingly globalised planet. In the meantime, time will tell if Labour come up with a more liberal proposal.

Maybe they’ll let you help decide which country’s civilians they’re going to be bombing (progressively of course), if we’re ever stupid enough to let them get anywhere near power.

I’m not sure that I could help fund or support a party like Labour that hasn’t yet renounced the problems that it has had in the past and is looking unlikely to do so. I think it’s brave (stupid?) to jump on board at this stage before knowing what direction the party is definitely going in.

I certainly couldn’t help out a party financially that essentially forced us to be in the situation whereby Lib Dems had to help prop up Tory policy either.

That said, I hope it works out for you, I would just be surprised if it did.

#32

May be true but doesn’t particularly help to say so. Let’s be inclusive & we might find that people joining the party like Sean are shaped by the process of communion with other members just as they shape the party themselves.

@Chris isn’t everything that’s “progressive” these days supposed to be from the blue and yellow conservatives?

I hope you hold on to that question and pose it to Nick Clegg when him and his Tory friends start a foreign war, and have no doubt about this there will be a foreign war in the next five years.

#34. Duncan Stott

When this Conservative government bans public sector strikes (FFS Vince Cable is in favour of banning private sector strikes), or when they go in heavy handed against public sector workers striking to protect their livelihood then I will like to see you explain how “liberal” this Conservative government is. But let’s wait until it happens. (My money’s on May/June 2011.)

You took my advice then on Twitter suggesting you join the Labour Party…..

Well done comrade :)

@38 Richard Blogger

No, YOU’LL be worse in the future.

Seriously, paranoia doesn’t count as an argument. I might as well say that in the future Labour will legalise eating babies. Object to something that’s actually proposed, rather than something you think might happen.

That’s not a reply to anything I wrote, Richard. I’m asking what evidence is there of liberalism in the next generation of Labour?

Look forward to seeing you in Parliament in five years!

I hope you hold on to that question and pose it to Nick Clegg when him and his Tory friends start a foreign war, and have no doubt about this there will be a foreign war in the next five years.

Oh I don’t know, Labour cleared quite a lot of the backlog by starting six.

Of course, it’s easier now that much of the old-guard from May 2010 have been ousted or retired. My hope now is that the party takes a different road now to reconnect with those voters again.

Not sure what you think is going to be different under the new leadership Sunny, whoever it is. The coalition has succeeded in shifting the centre of gravity of British politics several degrees to the right since May 6 and to stand any hope of a swift return to power, Labour is going to have to fight on an avowedly centrist or, for want of a better word, ‘Blairite’ platform. Only David Miliband of the leadership candidates currently realises this, but if any of the others manages to beat him to the job, they will realise it soon enough.

@Duncan Scott – Why should there be any signs of liberalism in the next generation of Labour? We’re social democrats/democratic socialists.

47. the a&e charge nurse

I’m sure the party needs all the support it can get after this dreadful man?
http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/business/blair-sets-great-example-to-children-who-want-to-kill-people-201008163006/

Colm

Sunny is of the liberal left. He is joining Labour to try and move the party in that direction. I have no doubt that Labour will oppose the coalition’s cuts from the left, but I don’t see how there can be any hope that Labour takes a more liberal position than the coalition, which will disappoint Sunny. This disappointment was enough for him to vote against Labour at the election, yet he is now happy to join the party, despite no evidence or logical reason that there will be any shift in tone.

Perhaps Sunny’s thinking is much more long term than mine. Maybe he’s hoping to plant liberal seeds that will blossom several leaders down the line. That’s the only way I can see how he can have this huge change of heart towards Labour.

#40. Adam Bell
#41. Duncan Stott

My point (which should be obvious since I have not defended any of New Labour’s actions) is that there is nothing liberal (with a small ‘l’) about this current Conservative government. Once LibDems have woken up to that then maybe we might make some progress into turning this country into a liberal social democracy.

I believe that governments are ultimately pragmatist: given a problem they will apply what they think is the best solution at the time. The current Conservative government have not yet been tried, they have not had to handle a natural disaster in the UK like major flooding or a foot & mouth outbreak. They have not had to handle a terrorist attack (although the current threat level is apparently severe or “an attack is highly likely”). They have not had to face a major international incident. (And, FFS, they have not had to handle a major economic meltdown in the US which would affect our economy.)

When one of those things happens – and they will – then we will see their mettle. My point is that the signs are that Cameron will be far more authoritarian than we have seen from a Prime Minister since Thatcher, and his mini-me Clegg will be enthusiastically cheering from the side lines.

Hey, Sunny.

This is what you have just climbed on board.

http://wikitravel.org/upload/shared//1/18/Rusty_Tank_in_DMZ.jpg

And the battle is being fought at sea…….

‘FFS Vince Cable is in favour of banning private sector strikes”

No he isn’t.

@48

Agreed, and in short: wait for the coalition to come across a black swan.

@ richard blogger,
Have you seen the embarassing update to that Guardian article they had to publish. I suggest you check that link again to see what rubbish that story actually is.

@44 Paul Linford

Paul, moving to the right to meet Cameron is entirely the wrong strategy, and just moves us further along a continuum that has been moving steadily rightward since 1979. What people want to see is a radical Labour opposition, with a programme based on redistribution and social justice, in complete contrast to the slash and burn Conservative-Liberal Government.

And not just in opposition. we are sick of seeing Labour adopting radical poses in opposition, and then aping the worst elements of the Tories when in power. That is why we do not need David Miliband and a return to Blairism, leaving us with 3 Blairite clones, but someone who will try to take the party in a different direction. I have severe reservations about the ability of the remaining 3 candidates (Diane has no chance, for too many reasons) to deliver either, but for the sake of the nation, we must try.

@44

The coalition has succeeded in shifting the centre of gravity of British politics several degrees to the right since May 6 and to stand any hope of a swift return to power, Labour is going to have to fight on an avowedly centrist or, for want of a better word, ‘Blairite’ platform. Only David Miliband of the leadership candidates currently realises this, but if any of the others manages to beat him to the job, they will realise it soon enough.

Oh lordy no. When will it dawn on people that the Thatcher/blairite era is dead, over, devoid of life, moribund, despite the current government’s doomed attempt at reviving it. It died a welcome and much overdue death in 2008 with the economic crash and credit crunch. It’s just that lots of people havn’t really realised it yet.

Several of the key features of the aformentioned era are beyond salvage: The notion that free markets are perfect and never make mistakes, the notion that we can have a viable economy based upon debt based consumer spending and rising house prices, the notion that we can have a viable economy based upon fairy money generated by the city and can ignore manufacturing and industry.

I can’t really see that a return to ‘blairite’ politics is terribly viable somehow, it is a dead horse. Although there is not yet any clearly defined alternative, but that will probably come in time.

Now is the time to start moving beyond these dreary artefacts of the past. So perhaps there is all to fight for by joining the Labour Party. Although with it’s current structure, I doubt ordinary members will have much influence.

56. Malcolm Armsteen

Welcome to the party, comrade. You’ll be an asset.

I think I can see why you made the move to join the party, Sunny – though I do feel it will end in tears. I could see a glimmer of a slice of hope if E’Mil, whom I presume you will be supporting, wins the race. His brother will because he is the bigger Blairite. Talk to John McDonnell a lot if you can, even Cruddas, see who they feel will be the next leader, one from the left, after D’Mil has carried the New Labour Project to its death.

Still, bold move. I do hope it goes well for you, I sincerely do.

Social, liberal, Democratic Party is what The Labour Party should be – I hope that you may have some influence in taking it on that long journey back to those principles.

#49 pagar

No I think this is what Sunny is joining

http://mobile.tweetphoto.com/39354315

It may be a Thick Of It moment but Burnham is culpable of the founding the NHS privatisation that Lansley is gleefully enforcing.

I joined solely to vote for Diane Abbott. I shall be resigning after Monkey Boy wins

I would really wait to see what they do with David Milliband before joining. For if they make him leader, then abandon hope all ye who enter…

Written apology, people in the Hague, and an iron-clad commitment to social justice and liberalism. That’s what the labour party really needs. I suspect it’s a tall order, though…

Well done Sunny, welcome aboard!

I guess with Labour being in opposition it is easier to imagine that it is something that it is not.

The trouble with Labour is that it thinks its left wing is its conscience. And it knows it has to ignore its left wing to be electable. This prompts it to ignore its conscience.

And by all means be angry at the cuts. But blame where it is due – it is not the coalition that built up this breathtaking deficit, and a Labour government would have had to have done the same. (But cutting more slowly and therefore deeper in the long run.)

Welcome, comrade.

IMO, at the very least, the Labour Party needs to explain how it came to elect someone like Blair as its leader.

Speaking at the G8 summit in Evian in June 2003, Blair had said he stood ‘100%’ by the evidence shown to the public about Iraq’s alleged weapons programmes.

“‘Frankly, the idea that we doctored intelligence reports in order to invent some notion about a 45-minute capability for delivering weapons of mass destruction is completely and totally false,’ he said.”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/2955036.stm

According to this secret memo of 23 July 2002, leaked to the Sunday Times and published on 1 May 2005, shortly before the 2005 election on 5 May:

“C [the traditional title for the head of MI6, Britain's Secret Intelligence Service - at the time: Sir Richard Dearlove] reported on his recent talks in Washington. There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.”

The final sentence is absolutely damning: “the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy”
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article387374.ece

Nice post Sunny. I felt pretty much exactly the same when I signed up a few weeks ago. get the feeling there’s quite a few of us.

As a long standing Labour-Green supporter (I’ve never voted Lib Dem and feel pretty vindicated about that now) can I ask something difficult?

What credit is really warranted of people who voted for the empty moral superiority of the Lib Dems and who feel betrayed by power proving its emptyness?

Those Labour members who faught through 13 years in power and who felt the minimum wage and expanding public services and various work programmes and increased foreign aid was worth supporting through compromise, horrible decisions and the insults thrown by, well, people who are now apparently joining them in their fight. Surely they have a right to question the moral commitment of those people don’t they before power offends them again and sends them into another retreat?

Likewise those Greens who continue to fight a system that is so utterly biased against them as a small left-wing party that they may never get the chance to prove their superiority in commitment and outlook to the LibDems. How should they feel that people who were willing to waste a vote on a party that carped from a pretend moral high ground – judge them not on their own left wing morality, but as a wasted vote?

Now I’m all in favour of people waking up. I want people to see politics as a place to get one’s morals offended and one’s hands dirty. That’s how you change the world.

But are these people woken up? Or are they just pulling the duvet of opposition over themselves to shelter from real politics again?

I’m impressed. Three months back you wouldn’t vote for them, and now you’ve joined. That’s truly tribal commitment;-)

I suggest that you’re happier in opposition and you just want to be in a bigger gang to attack the Tories.

Good on ya.

Don’t sack me.

Is it a sign that you take the blogosphere too seriously when an announcement like this bowls you over like a ‘whodunnit’ on a soap? Or maybe it’s a sign that the return of Monday night football means too many drinks on a Monday night…

Seriously, though – I think you raise some excellent points, and certainly from my point of view, you seem to be in the place that many leftwing activists are now in. Labour is, and has been shit; but where is the best place to change this? And where is the best place to fight the coalitions cut program – inside the tent where you can have some influence, or as a marginal voice in the wilderness.

A few responses:

Adam: Opposition is an easy thing to support.

Mmm – what does that say about the Libdems then? I’m not denying that its easy being in opposition but this is more about getting involved rather than simply shouting from the sidelines.

Bensix: However strenuously one tries, getting involved may be no more influential than the sideline-screaming.

Maybe. But I prefer to try than give-up before even doing that.

Ian – you say I’m not centre-left…and you say Simon Hughes is. How do you think I differ, ideologically, from Hughes?

Richard – there are plenty of other online spaces where you can talk to Labour members no? Also, I thought you hated Labour.. heh!

Thanks Mr S Pill – we need people like you too.

Adam Burrows – I agree fully :)

CB: For someone with serious intellectual pretensions, saying stuff like “[Labour] gave a free ride to bankers even after they wrecked the economy” is just crass.

Well, It’s just shorthand isn’t it? I could write about how the crash happened but that’s not what the article was about, was it?

Lee – surely it’s better to try and influence that direction rather than hoping it goes in the right way? Too many lefties just hope instead of trying to make it happen

Laban: I’m impressed. Three months back you wouldn’t vote for them, and now you’ve joined.

As I said – I wouldn’t join Labour of May 2010 and I hope that’s not where the party goes from here. But I also feel I should get involved to ensure that doesn’t happen.

Margin4error: What credit is really warranted of people who voted for the empty moral superiority of the Lib Dems and who feel betrayed by power proving its emptyness?

I think this is a tribal way of looking at things. I appreciate sometimes you have to support the party even if takes positions you don’t like.

But Labour was sufficiently bad in May 2010 that millions of voters stayed away. There’s no point blaming those voters and no point in saying they just don’t get it. The party did not woo them – that is also an issue and it’s time people acknowledged that.

Wow I bet the leadership candidates can’t wait to see who will be the one lucky enough to have your astute political brain back them,,, It’s Diane isn’t it?,

Sunny

It is a tribal position. But you are joining a tribe now. So stating that it is tribal hardly qualifies as a criticism of that position. My point was to try to sum up in tribal language how long standing supporters of the greens and labour presumably feel about LibDem voters suddenly joining their tribes for what will sadly probably only be a brief spell.

Now I’m not saying you’ve made a bad decision. Better to openly support and join eiher of our two left wing parties in this country than not.

I just don’t see what has changed about Labour – and as such I’m not convinced this influx of new members who were so happy to be morally superior to labour supporters for so long will be utterly welcomed or will last long once normal political compromise restarts.

I hope I’m wrong.

I also hope some are joining the Greens to empower them and give them a greater say and influence in more proportional elections like the European Parliamentary ones. I can see that lasting longer too, as the Greens are further from power.

I empathise with your dilemma, Sunny. I too voted Lib Dem in May, was willing to give the coalition a fair chance at producing some sort of progressive, centrist agenda, and am now feeling deeply let down.

Personally I don’t feel ready to return to party politics, as I’m quite enjoying being an independent these days. I may change my mind at some point in the future though.

Shall we start laying bets on which candidate Sunny will be endorsing? I’ll put a fiver each way on Diane and E-Mil.

I can’t say I’m particularly surprised by your decision, though it isn’t one I could take. Part of me actually admires you for wanting to get involved, and trying to make a positive impact on the way the Labour party develops.

A much bigger part of me however thinks you are hopelessley naive, and has to wonder about the underlying political principles which seem to underlie your recent journey. It strikes me from reading your OP that remaining as an independent voice would be a much braver and more principled position than the ideological handstands and suspension of disbelief required to justify shackling yourself to a corpse.

There’s a certain character trait in people who join things isn’t there. It’s the same trait as those who need the crutches of certainty, who have trouble tolerating ambiguity, indefiniteness, impermanence, indeterminacy. It’s the need for security in belonging. Like those people who don’t feel they are anything unless they are in a relationship.

A good decision. I did the same thing about a year ago, having had some involvement with the LDs, mainly for the negative reason that campaigning for a third party in a Labour held seat felt like a distraction from beating the Conservatives nationally. Since then I have found many more positive reasons to support Labour, mainly from getting to know other Labour people, and also many reasons to justify my abandonment of the Lib Dems, particularly the way so many of their rank and file strain to justify the coalition’s slash and burn approach to government.

Well this certainly explains your unwarranted deletion of my comment the other week Sunny.

well after 13 wasted years of govt lets hope someone can inject a bit of fundamental socialism back into Labour. The party of the working class, the party of the masses, the party of the underpriveleged, the poor, the old and the ill.

Redistribution of ther nations wealth to raise JSA, restore pensions to what they would be if thatcher hadn’t removed the link to rpi/wages…so people can ;live on it..provide affordable housing, jobs, training, …and so on…remember, what socialsim used to be ?

Wow I bet the leadership candidates can’t wait to see who will be the one lucky enough to have your astute political brain back them,,, It’s Diane isn’t it?,
Jay
Falco
Tim J
I would not join the Labour Party but If I did it would be to oppose tribal and sneering right wing creatures like yourself.
Also if you don’t like Sunny why post on his site. that does show severe psychological problems. A need to prove to the world your views are always right.

In many ways I admire you Sunny.
You have the courage to nail your colours to a sinking ship unlike those who politicos (who are now Cameron men/ women) who supported the LP in the early noughties.
If they take your advice on foreign affairs and civil liberties they MAY come back to power.
Unfortunately I doubt it.

Simon, it is not so much a case of justifying the “slash and burn” approach to government, as putting blame where it is due on the last government.

Massive public debt is not and should not be a social democrat objective – it does nothing for public services in the long run.

By all means support Labour if you can tell what they stand for and agree with it, but you should admit that all this deficit denial, and denial that Labour would have needed to implement massive cuts too (but maybe slower and therefore deeper), is just naked political opportunism.

82. margin4error

Trofim

What a horrible view you have of the world. Do you not believe people can aspire to be part of something greater than themselves, be it relationships, parties, teams, or religions?

Also – ambiguity, indefiniteness, impermanence, indeterminacy. – Yep – that sounds exactly like supporting any politiical party (or parties in my case).

I won’t however assume the unaligned suffer from fear of those things. That is for you to ponder.

Welcome Comrade!

@79: “well after 13 wasted years of govt lets hope someone can inject a bit of fundamental socialism back into Labour. The party of the working class, the party of the masses, the party of the underpriveleged, the poor, the old and the ill.”

I keep saying, the Labour Party really has to explain how it came to elect someone like Blair as its leader, with Prescott as his supine deputy.

I do hope Tracey Temple is safe and secure now.

I’m waiting until they elect a leader – not because I want to know who that leader will be, but because I want to know which arguments were most important.

I will not be part of a pro-war, pro-privilege, pro-finance party that takes its cues from the right wing. New Labour needs to be in the ground before I’ll reach for my £1.

So, are you going to re-brand to “Sorta vaguely once was socialist conspiracy”?

“I will not be part of a pro-war, pro-privilege, pro-finance party that takes its cues from the right wing”

Even before Tony Blair became Labour leader, the party famously invested a lot of donor’s money holding reassuring shrimp cocktail receptions for City personnel to attract their support for a prospective Labour government. And after New Labour won three elections in a row, such enduring support requires its reward – such as overlooking the burgeoning bonus culture of the City as well as its downstream consequences.

Perhaps the relevant insight is this from Alan Greenspan, the previous Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Bank Board of Governors, on the causes of the recent financial crisis:

“Those of us who have looked to the self-interest of lending institutions to protect shareholders’ equity, myself included, are in a state of shocked disbelief.”
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122476545437862295.html

Splendid news, welcome aboard! Looking forward to your contribution to making the old ship steer properly :-)

Well done good for you! It is a good party and needs more people getting the message back out there to the people that count….. The everyday folk. Welcome!

I feel a bit sad about this news, as I liked the ‘idea’ of LibCon being a non-partisan space for opinion and debate.

I have no interest in affecting the policy or practice of the Labour Party, and when I know the editor of this blog does have that goal in mind, I feel differently about my role as contributor.

I just don’t like party politics and was hoping I had somewhere to go, to avoid them.

Oh well.

@89 – “It’s a good party” – hate to disagree, old bean, but it’s not.

“…sit by idly while the Coalition tries to better Thatcher in destroying the welfare state.”

I had a wonderful 80′s flashback with that ridiculous comment. At best you could argue that will be the result & I would (probably) disagree. But when you come up with ‘bayoneting babies’ stuff like that how can there be any meaningful dialogue where you convince me that their approach is wrong?

@ 88 & 89

I’d have to echo Nick at 91: the very best one can say about the Labour party at the moment is that the jury is still out. The task for those of you already in the party, or those like Sunny who have recently taken the plunge and joined, or are thinking of doing so, is to convince potential supporters on the centre left to support you in future.

It is not an impossible task, but the current situation hardly fills disillusioned people like myself with hope does it? I have some sympathy for the argument that you have to be inside the movement to try and change things, but sadly I’m pretty convinced that the “old ship” is beyond salvage. As it stands the Labour party is so far from being a truly radical movement, so deeply tainted by it’s recent record, and so bereft of either a coherent plan for the future or any charismatic leadership.

The apparently rosy tinted of view of current and new members that the “ship” can somehow be not only salvaged, but rendered fit for a new mission simply doesn’t ring true. I wish those of you who sail in her luck… I think you’re going to need it!

@87

Can you go into this? I’m having trouble seeing how it’s relevant, and I’m confused that you quoted me.

95. margin4error

@quiet riot girl

In defence of this decision – it is probably worth noting that Liberal conspiracy always sought to influence the direction and priorities of the Labour Party. It also sought to influence the direction and priorities of the Lib Dems* and Greens and presumably anyone else of the “left”

And this is no different. It will continue to do that and try to influence parties of the left, and people of the left be they people of concience or solidarity.

*formerly wrongly percieved to be of the left.

You do know that:

1. On everything besides the economy, Labour have been attacking the Coalition from the right.

2. After the leadership election (when candidates will be appealing to Labour’s base), Labour’s views will move rightwards (to appeal to the usual marginal voter in a swing seat).

Also, the candidate you’re supporting has to be Diane Abbott, since she is the only consistent liberal, and consistent critic of inequality. But no doubt you’re supporting a Miliband or Balls since they’re more likely to win. Well that reason isn’t good enough, since you want to be pull Labour towards the liberal left. You want to be a critical insider in the Labour party. To sell yourself out to a Miliband or some such would go against your very reason for joining.

Seems like you’ve jumped into the space I left on April 6th when I resigned This was after 46 years membership (28 as a Labour councillor) and the LP’s National Merit Award in 2008. Resignation followed nine years of fighting corruption by the Party’s apparatchiki at several levels.

This culminated in the imposition of a mate of Lord Meddlesome being imposed on my CLP (Stoke Central) by a blatantly rigged selection. To compound this the Chair of the Party’s Organisation Committee ordered regional officials to impose a candidate in my ward for the local election from a list of two who had been rejected by local members.

Still, the book (‘The State and Local Government’ by Peter Latham) will be published shortly and this records quite accurately the developments which led to my decision.

Mick Williams.

@95 margin

Though I have no particular axe to grind in favour of the LD’s, it’s a bit rich for anyone to crticise them for being “formerly wrongly percieved to be of the left” given the record of NuLabour on a whole raft of civil liberties, human rights and international affairs issues.

Even the coalition, as an earlier poster pointed out, is consistently outflanking Labour from the LEFT with respect to many NuLabour hobby horses.

Let Labour put it’s own house in order before it starts preaching the virtues of progressive, radical left of centre politics.

And why people should be leaving, rather than joining, Labour…

http://idlepenpusher.blogspot.com/2010/01/letter-to-labour-party.html

Apropos my comment up top of this thread, I finally got round to joining a couple of weeks ago.. :)


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  118. Huw Lemmey

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  119. Lisa Ansell

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  122. Hugo K Biedermann

    Sunny Hundals "broad coalition" in three easy steps http://t.co/KCdhs4c http://t.co/p7JsakT http://t.co/uMivVXb

  123. Michael Oswell

    RT @spitzenprodukte: Sunny Hundals "broad coalition" in three easy steps http://t.co/KCdhs4c http://t.co/p7JsakT http://t.co/uMivVXb

  124. Phil Dickens

    RT @spitzenprodukte: @AKblackandred http://t.co/p7JsakT http://t.co/p7JsakT http://t.co/uMivVXb All you need to know about Hundals "broa …

  125. Hugo K Biedermann

    @HarpyMarx http://t.co/uMivVXb http://t.co/p7JsakT http://t.co/KCdhs4c Sunny takes centrism to an extreme.

  126. sunny hundal

    @dpjhodges as you're relatively new to this blogging lark, here's an another link for you http://bit.ly/bqCvep

  127. Hugo K Biedermann

    @boutmycolumn @stormingheaven http://t.co/p7JsakT http://t.co/p7JsakT http://t.co/uMivVXb SUNNY HUNDAL'S ANTI-SECTARIANISM IN 3 EASY URLS

  128. abolish wage labour

    RT @spitzenprodukte: @boutmycolumn @stormingheaven http://t.co/p7JsakT http://t.co/p7JsakT http://t.co/uMivVXb SUNNY HUNDAL'S ANTI-SECTA …

  129. Hugo K Biedermann

    @boutmycolumn @stormingheaven http://t.co/KCdhs4c http://t.co/p7JsakT http://t.co/uMivVXb SUNNY HUNDAL'S ANTI-SECTARIANISM IN 3 EASY URLS

  130. abolish wage labour

    RT @spitzenprodukte: @boutmycolumn @stormingheaven http://t.co/KCdhs4c http://t.co/p7JsakT http://t.co/uMivVXb SUNNY HUNDAL'S ANTI-SECTA …

  131. Polite Ire

    @AvaVidal Clueless opportunist at that – Supports Labour http://t.co/XaxXgp8 Tory http://t.co/w7gTpff AND Libdems http://t.co/66LwQ4w

  132. Alexander Wickham

    In 08 Sunny says vote Tory: http://t.co/Fi0LHHLs '10 Lib: http://t.co/yQ5b1900 '11Lab: http://t.co/BaSmlngE '12 Green: http://t.co/Hyqun2aR

  133. Raheem Kassam

    In 08 Sunny says vote Tory: http://t.co/Fi0LHHLs '10 Lib: http://t.co/yQ5b1900 '11Lab: http://t.co/BaSmlngE '12 Green: http://t.co/Hyqun2aR

  134. Dan Clegg

    In 08 Sunny says vote Tory: http://t.co/Fi0LHHLs '10 Lib: http://t.co/yQ5b1900 '11Lab: http://t.co/BaSmlngE '12 Green: http://t.co/Hyqun2aR

  135. Top Tory Tweets

    In 08 Sunny says vote Tory: http://t.co/Fi0LHHLs '10 Lib: http://t.co/yQ5b1900 '11Lab: http://t.co/BaSmlngE '12 Green: http://t.co/Hyqun2aR

  136. Narrative 2020

    In 08 Sunny says vote Tory: http://t.co/Fi0LHHLs '10 Lib: http://t.co/yQ5b1900 '11Lab: http://t.co/BaSmlngE '12 Green: http://t.co/Hyqun2aR

  137. bowforward

    In 08 Sunny says vote Tory: http://t.co/Fi0LHHLs '10 Lib: http://t.co/yQ5b1900 '11Lab: http://t.co/BaSmlngE '12 Green: http://t.co/Hyqun2aR

  138. The Commentator

    In 08 Sunny says vote Tory: http://t.co/Fi0LHHLs '10 Lib: http://t.co/yQ5b1900 '11Lab: http://t.co/BaSmlngE '12 Green: http://t.co/Hyqun2aR

  139. Bow Group

    In 08 Sunny says vote Tory: http://t.co/Fi0LHHLs '10 Lib: http://t.co/yQ5b1900 '11Lab: http://t.co/BaSmlngE '12 Green: http://t.co/Hyqun2aR

  140. KeepRightOnline

    In 08 Sunny says vote Tory: http://t.co/Fi0LHHLs '10 Lib: http://t.co/yQ5b1900 '11Lab: http://t.co/BaSmlngE '12 Green: http://t.co/Hyqun2aR

  141. The Commentator

    In 08 Sunny says vote Tory: http://t.co/Fi0LHHLs '10 Lib: http://t.co/yQ5b1900 '11Lab: http://t.co/BaSmlngE '12 Green: http://t.co/Hyqun2aR

  142. Huw Lemmey

    @PereLebrun @joolsd @piercepenniless @true_wheel Not quite: first http://t.co/JZTPvL0E then http://t.co/uug7spBt then http://t.co/a94MFkHL





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