Labour have had a very rough week in the media and on the blogs. The party leadership and MPs have kept a very low profile, whether a deliberate strategy or an unwillingness to address wisespread displeasure.
Labour’s own blog Red Alert has been more quiet than usual, although dissent has been expressed there too. It should be clear to party officials and MPs that there are deepseated and serious problems.
One of the few MPs who post regularly is David Clark, who on Friday put up his usual By The Numbers.
So far there has been two comments:
here to help says:
0 – number of Labour voters happy with the party right now.
Why don’t you use Red Alert to communicate with – and listen to – your supporters about how they really feel? Is that not what it’s for?
The people are angry. WAKE UP!
Ouch. But this is mild compared to a monsoon of moans pouring anger and frustration through the week. And despair. The last comment at The Standard:
As far as I’m concerned, it’s not so much about the polls, as about how they are reported and responded to. Garner milked his own company’s little margin-of-error effort for all he was worth, spreading discord amongst Labour and the left.
Hopefully, though, that little kerfuffle will be a wake up call to Labour. Let’s hope their November meetings will start them thinking truly about taking a new (old Labour) direction, and see them ditch the shonkey neo-liberal clothes they’ve been wearing for too long.
Although, I’m really quite pessimistic about Labour’s direction in the near future.
If Labour don’t address these issues, soon and comprehensively, it will indicate that they don’t know how to deal with it. Or don’t care.