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Was Jack Dromey at the same election as the rest of us?
No one could ever accuse Jack Dromey, the new MP for Birmingham Erdington, of being anything other than one of Labour's loyal footsoldiers.
That, presumably, is why he was rewarded with a safe seat.
The fact that he is married to Labour's deputy leader, Harriet Harman, and is the leader of one of the country's largest trade unions obviously helped too.
When Mr Dromey arrived at the election count, he came accompanied by what the spin doctors call "a line". The first thing he said to me, before his result was declared, in fact before any results anywhere in the country were declared, was that the election had turned out to be disastrous for the Conservatives. This piece of intelligence was based on an exit poll and had presumably been relayed to Mr Dromey by Labour strategists.
His explanation for claiming that things were going so badly for David Cameron was that, several months ago, the Tory leader was way ahead of Gordon Brown and Labour in the opinion polls and therefore the predicted 38 per cent support from voters for the Tories was very poor and amounted to support for Labour, who after all had been in office for 13 years.
Four hours later, Mr Dromey was trotting out the same spin.
Twenty-four hours later, his view of events had changed not a jot, even though events hardly bore out what he was saying.
Interviewed by Jeremy Paxman for the BBC, Mr Dromey could only repeat parrot-fashion his claim of a disastrous Tory performance, even though it was pointed out to him that the Conservatives gained two million more votes than Labour and that Labour support, at 30 per cent, was only marginally better than that achieved by Michael Foot in 1983.
Paxman, for once, was almost lost for words at such chutzpah, although he did manage a customary sneer. You have to wonder whether Mr Dromey was at the same election as the rest of us.
Originally posted by SugarCube
Just remember that in reality, there are a good few years to implement electoral reform since this is only really an issue during general elections. If a Conservative/LibDem alliance (not coalition!) can be promoted, it would provide the best chance for the LibDems to maintain a professional image and achieve their objectives. To squander this chance on the need for a promise for the introduction of PR would be madness and if pushed, would simply demonstrate that the LibDems are not ready for power.
Originally posted by andy1033
Amazing how labour want to stay in, scum the people voted against you.
Originally posted by SugarCube
Liberal Democrat 23.0% 150
Labour 29.0% 189
Conservative 36.1% 235
Originally posted by thoughtsfull
reply to post by rizla
I for one would do away with the party line, and the whip but hang onto the FPTP system.. IMHO those are the things that have destroyed our political system...