An emergency Labour Party National Executive Committee is planned tomorrow on the margins of the National Policy Committee at a Heathrow hotel. Gordon Brown
is considering intends bouncing a proposal to accept Hayden Phillips recommendations on the funding of political parties in the wake of the Donorgate scandal. In the light of his recent success at the 2007 Annual Conference in gagging conference delegates, it remains to be seen whether he will be able to muster support, now the prospect of a General Election has receded. Ironic really, given that no one could reasonably accuse the TU barons of exercising undue influence over the Labour Party for years. Remind me, what is all the current consternation about? Oh, yes - the illegal handling of donations from high value donors by the Labour Party. And what was the issue when the Hayden Phillips Inquiry was first set up? Oh, that was allegations of cash for honours. And who was in the frame? Oh yes. high value donors lenders to the Labour Party. Hang on a minute, what's this got to do with the Trade Unions? Oh, I remember the new Labour Project was to end the federal structure of the Labour Party. Nice one, Gordon. You will finally be able to say you have succeeded where Tony Blair demonstrably failed.
Let's hope someone remembers there is a Conference policy about Hayden Phillips. Oh, forget it since when has a Labour Leader ever taken notice of a Conference resolution. What I find utterly unbelieveable is that he thinks he can do a deal with the Tories. Why on the basis of his government's current performance would the Tories have the slightest interest in doing a deal based on Hayden Phillips when it involves fleecing the taxpayer. After all the Tories could deal with Trade Union political donations on their own terms after the next General Election. We all know its been a difficult week. Gordon, you have scored one massive own goal by letting snap general election speculation career out of control. Do you really need a second? Oh, to be a fly on the wall.
UPDATE 2250 BBC2 's Newsnight programme carried report on emergency TULO meeting to address Brown plan and confirms issue to be discussed at emergency NEC tomorrow, originally called to decide arrangements for recruiting a new General Secretary.