posted on Aug, 4 2006 @ 03:28 PM
Strangerous believe me (and I suspect you already know this) the NEC has always
been ignored, but within the rules, by the PLP (Parliamentary
Labour party for those not au fait with the acronyms) particularly when the PLP was in government, if it was convenient or politic.
Mainly because as their strength ebbed and flowed the 'irritant minority left' has always used the NEC, where they could, to promote their own
agenda and stand out as the malcontent element.
But for all that minority they are and will always remain in the Labour party (especially today).
They are not the 'mainstream' no matter how often they hitch their wagon to well known seemingly 'popular' topical events
(as Mr Wolfgang and story certainly was.....it's not to defend his rough ejection from the - private - party conference but if you knew Labour party
conferences you would know that the out-of-touch old CND'ers and Trots seeking to make a stir - especially anything that might embarrass 'New
Labour' etc aren't exactly too difficult to find.
No doubt Mr Wolfgang will expect to be heard and not shouted down in his new position, eh)?
But I suppose it makes for grist to the political mill, for some.
It'll be whatever you want it to be and be seen however you wish to see it I suppose but whether it makes the slightest difference is quite another
......and I suppose it's just a tad redundant pointing out that the successful election of Mr Wolfgang to the NEC is actually a fine illustration of
how this supposed 'control freakery' is simply a rather catchy sound-bite if somewhat empty slogan
(cos if the 'control freakery' was so endemic and all-powerful he wouldn't have got anywhere near it, right)?