Divided party? Labour speaks as one

PEOPLE may say that the Labour Party is currently more polarised than ever following the election of Jeremy Corbyn as its leader, but it turns out they do all speak as one.

For the proof, turn to City Hall, where London Assembly member Murad Qureshi could be found yesterday warning that burglaries in London were going unsolved due to City Hall’s cuts to police resources.

“With another £800 million of cuts coming down the tracks, the Mayor looks set to leave London with a far thinner blue line than when he came to power in 2008,” Murad said in a press statement. “That should be a worry to us all….”


…not too long later, journalists were sent the view of Murad’s London Assembly colleague Andrew Dismore, who also wants action on the capital’s unsolved burglaries. 

His press statement said, with hardly a letter out of place: “With another £800 million of cuts coming down the tracks, the Mayor looks set to leave London with a far thinner blue line than when he came to power in 2008. That should be a worry to us all…” 

andrew d

4 Comments on Divided party? Labour speaks as one

  1. David Boothroyd // September 22, 2015 at 2:55 pm //

    Talking of which, there are some stories and readers’ letters in the West End Extra that are suspiciously similar to those in the Camden New Journal. In fact some of them are identical. Very suspicious.

    • Richard Osley // September 22, 2015 at 2:59 pm //

      By the same author. Not the same words, from two different mouths.

      Good to see the robot press machine is still working, though,

  2. David Boothroyd // September 23, 2015 at 12:06 pm //

    It is of course well known that once you join a political party, your brains are scooped out and you are made into an automata of the party headquarters and never do anything independently at all.

    It is also well known that while newspaper editors may criticise anything that anyone involved in politics says or does, no-one who is at all involved in politics may make any form of critical comment on the doings of the press because such action is clearly a wish to bring in censorship.

    So I certainly won’t be pointing out that the idea that political parties prepare boilerplate press releases for local politicians to adapt as needed (or not, as the fancy takes them) is hardly the biggest news in the world. Nor will I draw attention to the strange fact that the process of preparing the press release has grabbed your attention, not the striking fact that very large numbers of burglaries are going unsolved. And I certainly won’t comment that this story is so unoriginal that we can probably look forward to a blog entry next week on how you’ve discovered which church Pope Francis belongs to, or that bears behave in an unspeakable way in woods.

    • Richard Osley // September 23, 2015 at 12:21 pm //

      There are many things I could say in response about how the New Journal is open to criticism and has a lively letters page which clearly doesn’t censor people who feel we have got things wrong. These blog pages have also discussed how we could have covered certain things differently in the past.

      But I think you may be taking a small piece on a niche blog like thsi just a smidgeon too seriously, and there could be a little more appreciation that blog pieces here are different from news articles on things like diminishing police resources, which have been covered thoroughly by our newspapers over many years. This blog is more of a supplement, if you will, not the main event.

      Thanks for reading, though, and your comments are always welcome.

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