Yesterday, the Labour Party's national executive committee held a strategic review chaired by 'hush-hush, whisper who dares' Michael (the enforcer) Cashman MEP. Maybe I have not been scouring the internet conscientiously enough, but I haven't read a tweet let alone a blog about the outcomes.
Of course, we members are to be fleeced and not heard. From what I hear, Chairman Cashman did not waste a moment from the chair in reminding the hapless NEC that they were not to utter a word about their deliberations.
Fortunately there are some NEC members who are all too aware that they represent members, not vested interests in the European Parliamentary and (Westminster) Parliamentary Labour Parties hoping to hang on to their careers with voluntary help from hapless members and supporters. There are elections for the constituency section of the NEC in 2012.
So I'm looking forward to the accounts of what was discussed on Tuesday. Rumour has it that Chairman Cashman was particularly anxious that the Labour Party should provide support to sitting MPs that DON'T get reselected when the boundary changes proposed by the ConDems come into effect (if their turkeys vote for Christmas). Other gems included Chairman Hain (he of National Policy Forum and Refounding Labour infamy) trumpeting Labour Supporters as the next target in the 'dash for cash'. Excuse me, I thought that Refounding Labour, over which he had presided, had explicitly stated that it was not the Labour Party's aim to milk supporters for cash. But I digress, the priceless gem. I'm told, is that policy czar, sorry Chairman Liam Byrne has covertly produced another set of policy documents....err, did the National Policy Forum even get to discuss his last braindump? He makes astonishing claims in a video clip on the Labour Party website: go to Labour Vision Fresh Ideas
Some of you may recall proposing, voting for and winning majority support for a rule change to elect regional representatives to the National Policy Forum. Do you even know the names of those whom members in your region elected in 2010? Well, in the interval while we wait for our elected CLP representatives on the NEC to risk the wrath of Chairman Cashman by telling us what was discussed on Tuesday, why not ask your NPF reps how you can help shape Labour's future?
That's the offer being made to Labour supporters and they don't have to pay a penny. Makes you think especially when that Direct Debit notice drops on the doormat.