The row between the Unite Trade Union and the ragbag assortment of unreconstructed Bliarites like Jim Murphy and Douglas Alexander is interesting and a peculiar Labourite form of the politics of envy.
Tories like to accuse Labour of basing policies such as taxing the rich as “envy” but consider the two if not three strands which make up Labour activists in Britain.
You might actually be an individual who joins a constituency Labour Party and works your way up to be a candidate for a town council before having a go at being the parliamentary candidate.
That was not the route chosen by Tony B Liar…who went all the way to be MP for Sedgefield. Or Peter Mandelson Hartlepool, David Miliband to South Shields or Ed Miliband to Doncaster. Or Caroline Flint to Don Valley.
Or Jim Murphy. Yes what about Jim? I dont get him at all.
Or Douglas Alexander, Political Advisor to Gordon Brown.
or Wendy Alexander, all the way from advising Donald Dwear to leading the Labour Party in Scotland.
Its good to see that good Labour Party stalwarts in safe Labour seats were persuaded by the sheer personality of these people…the unkind alternative view would be that a load of careerist professional politicians who had never actually had a real job …were parachuted into safe seats on the advice of Labour Party HQ.
Which makes the row over selection for a Labour candidate for Falkirk a bit odd. All of these people…who have never seen the inside of a factory (except when being shown around during a constituency tour) in their working lives presume to tell Len McCluskey a former Liverpool dock worker that he is interfering in the selection of a Labour candidate.