Dirty tricks?

THE Labour conference – and here’s a mini-spat at a fringe meeting organised by the Fabian Society on Monday. It was supposed to be a discussion on how Labour and Lib Dems might work together in the future, but largely ended up with Emily Thornberry explaining why she has contempt for the party that almost ousted her from Islington South. From the floor, Camden Labour councillor Jonathan Simpson said Lib Dems use ‘race’ and ‘sexuality’ in election campaigns ‘time and again’. John Leech, a Lib Dem MP in Manchester, on the panel branded the claims as ‘simply not true’ and ‘pathetic’.

AUDIO: You can just about make out the exchange by clicking HERE.

4 Comments on Dirty tricks?

  1. Theo Blackwell // September 28, 2011 at 11:31 am //

    During the election we pointed out Lib Dem tactics which played up to the Jewish community in Hampstead and the Bengali community south of Camden Town.

    The irresponsibility of this position was most pronounced in a ‘border’ street in Haverstock where one leaflet had the Lib Dem candidate shaking hands with an Israel Gvt Minister, while another leaflet had their other Camden candidate denouncing Labour for ‘doing nothing’ etc about the Israeli controversial government’s military action in Gaza. Seems to be totally flippant with community cohesion to play such politics, but when challenged the Lib Dems said it was fair play.

    This is why those who regularly contest the Lib Dems in contests always challenge the ‘fluffy’ view they put out to the general public, and very few on Tory or Labour sides have a good word to say about them.

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  2. Steady on a second. Is Theo Blackwell seriously suggesting that a party needs to CHOOSE between the Jewish and Bengali communities? And he talks about being irresponsible…

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  3. Theo Blackwell // September 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm //

    Certainly not – on the contrary I am saying that a polarising issue like this ain’t worth messing with in the way the Lib Dems do (if he re-read post) – so just questioning why the Lib Dems weren’t so ready to do a ‘Thumbs up for Gaza’ in the north and not have their candidate glad-hand an Israeli Minister in the south… Perhaps ‘Hang on’ can enlighten us further as to why?

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  4. Hell. It had to happen eventually. An issue on which “I agree with Theo”.

    In answer to Hang On, Theo’s point was not that a party should choose between the two communities, quite the opposite. The point is that you should NOT choose, and you especially ought not to choose to back one community in one neighbourhood, and another accross the road.

    Its not as if there isn’t quite enough to campaign on without having to bring Gaza into the mix, is it.

    And let’s not forget the good old “straight choice for Bermondsey”, eh?

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