The latest opinion poll is not flattering for the Labour Party in the wake of Smeargate revelations, according to UK Polling Report. As a firm believer in government's losing elections, rather than opposition parties winning them, what is left in the locker? There were two national Labour Party Conferences today Local Government in London and Young Labour in Gillingham. Neither seems to have made the national media schedules. Instead, the BBC and others started the day with the cancellation of the PPC selection in Erith and Thamesmead - a 'safe' Labour seat following the 'discovery' of a broken ballot box seal at Head Office. The day ended with reports of further Smeargate allegations in the News of the World concerning the Labour Party's General Secretary Ray Collins. I have no insi information about either saga. All I know is that at today's Young Labour Conference Sam Tarry was elected chair - unopposed. And at the Labour Local Government Conference an overwhelming majority of representatives voted in favour of increased COUNCIL house building to address local needs. These are both very encouraging developments for those of us who have decided to keep paying our membership subs and fight for what we believe in inside the Labour Party. Pity about Alice Mahon. I was appoached by BBC Radio 5 Live to 'appear' on its 11pm show (Sat night), but not called. I am not particularly sympathetic to Alice, havinf decided to stay inside the Party and fight for what I believe in. BBC 5 Live asked John McDonnell MP instead.
That's why Darling, the 2009 Budget due to be announced on Wednesday 22 April had better be appealing. By that I mean it has to address the need of the many, not the few bonus rich bankers and others motivated by greed. If Brown and his Chancellor get the economy on a better footing than anyone dared imagine six months ago, my hunch is that we still have everything to fight for electorally.
We have just got to get more savvy about the messages, and the medium - the next election is still to b won by Labour by addressing local needs via a global consnsus aout ow to deal with bankers adnd their balance sheet.