Friday, October 20, 2006

All political careers end in failure...

So, Clare Short has taken herself outside the parliamentary Labour Party. She must have hoped to leave as a martyr, expelled by her own party for urging people to vote against sitting Labour MPs at the next election, but that was denied her. In the end, she's decided to go herself. I can't help but agree with Khalid Mahmood (not something I've said very often in the past) when he says that 'the party has always stood up for Clare, but Clare hasn't always stood up for the party.' Nice turn of phrase there, Khalid.

She didn't even have the courtesy to tell her constituency party before going to the media, but that's hardly a surprise as she's not spoken to them in five years.

5 comments:

Andrea said...

Khalid Mahmood even asked her to resign as an MP...a byelection with the Libdems just 20% behind can be risky (considering the Liberals actually won the 1969 Ladywood byelection).
So I'm not sure it's in the best interest of the party calling for her resignations

PoliticalHack said...

Ah, that would not be a wise move. See - he says something pretty earcatching and then ruins it with an inept statement.

Andrea said...

"he says something pretty earcatching and then ruins it with an inept statement."

The rest of what he said made sense..it was just that call to quit as an MP that could have been risky, especially since Short is quite erratic and she can actually reply: "ok, I'll do it!"

Disillusioned and Bored said...

An absolute disgrace. Check out her 2005 election leaflet here. I would be outraged if I had voted for her at the last election.

Anonymous said...

Long-suffering Ladywood CLP workers understand that she's really resigned so that she can spend more time in this country, er, in parliament, er . . . . even in her constituency!