Monday, 6 October 2008

Reward the Treacherous


Dear Tony

We are writing this private letter as a group of MPs first elected in 2001, all of whom have been involved in the party and the wider Labour movement for a long time.

We campaigned for your election as leader and fought alongside you to modernise the party under Neil Kinnock, John Smith and yourself.

We believe that you have been an exceptional Labour prime minister. The party and the nation owes you an incalculable debt of gratitude.

Your leadership of our government has revolutionised the lives and opportunities of millions of our citizens, combining social justice with prosperity to an extent which is unprecedented in the history of our country.

Having been with you on this journey for most of the last twenty years, we are proud of what Labour has been able to achieve under your leadership.

We have always believed passionately in the same kind of modern, progressive, electable Labour Party that you do.

The permanent advancement of this kind of dynamic, electorally persuasive Labour party is, and always has been, our project as much as yours. And it remains so.

We can and must win the next general election. To do otherwise would be, unforgivably, to fail in our duty to the party and the country.

This is as true now as it was a decade ago, and if the right choices are made in time, it will be true in another ten years.

Sadly, it is clear to us - as it is to almost the entire party and the entire country - that without an urgent change in the leadership of the party it becomes less likely that we will win that election.

That is the brutal truth. It gives us no pleasure to say it. But it has to be said. And understood.

This is not a plot against you by people who want to reverse or slow down the progress you have led. We are all as determined as you are that nothing should stand in its way.

But we believe that it is impossible for the party and the government to renew itself without renewing its leadership as a matter of urgency.

As utter Labour loyalists and implacable modernisers, we therefore have to ask you to stand aside.

Yours sincerely

Chris Bryant

Signed on behalf of: Chris Bryant (Rhondda), Tom Watson (West Bromwich East), Sion Simon (Birmingham Erdington), David Wright (Telford), Wayne David (Caerphilly), Khalid Mahmood (Birmingham Perry Barr), Jim Sheridan (Paisley and Renfrewshire North), Ian Lucas (Wrexham), Hywel Francis (Aberavon), Mark Tami (Alyn and Deeside), Kevan Jones (North Durham), Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North and Leith), Anne MacKechin (Glasgow North), David Hamilton (Midlothian), Chris Mole (Ipswich).

Where are they now?

Chris Bryant - Parliamentary Secretary, Office of the Leader of the House of Commons

Tom Watson - Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

Sion Simon - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

Wayne David - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Wales Office

Ian Lucas - Assistant Government Whip

Hywel Francis - Chairman, Welsh Affairs Select Committee

Mark Tami - Assistant Government Whip

Kevan Jones - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence

Mark Lazarowicz - Special representative of the Prime Minister on carbon trading working with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
Ann McKechin - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Scotland Office

Chris Mole - Assistant Government Whip

The rest: (Khalid Mahmood, Jim Sheridan, David Wright, David Hamilton) must be wondering when their gravy will arrive.


Guthrum said...

Utter bastards- their time will come before the Peoples Court

Shirking From Home said...

Does the 'health-giving' walk need to be brought forward BOH?

Even a token gesture (+ media) might make others feel the need to get some exercise.

Old Holborn said...

If only, if only.

As it stands, I expect around 100 fellow ramblers. Rather cleverly covered by a "Guy Fawkes" lunch at a pub near Trafalger Square.

"Oi, Sunshine, where the hell do you think you're going dressed like that?"

"For a cigarette, officer. We are guests at the Guy Fawkes lunch at the pub. We can't smoke in there. Not illegal is it?"

More details to follow.

Old Holborn said...


That they would, that they would.

We haven't hung Politicians in a long long time. God knows, we should.

Where's a Lee Harvey Oswald when you need one?

Anonymous said...

put me clean off curry these cunts have

Leg-iron said...

The'd have been better off leaving Tony the Teeth in charge, as it turned out. They might have been marginally less despised then.

Well, we now have a cabinet of all the talentless with Dracula prowling around the edges. Rather like that old Vincent Price film where a bunch of folk are invited to a remote house and killed off, one by one...

Well, I can dream.

Sir Henry Morgan said...


Forget the court - just give them to me. I'll fairly try them, fairly find them guilty, fairly sentence them ... then fairly impale the bastards (maybe dangle Bryant instead - he might enjoy the impalement)

Oswald Bastable said...

Oral sex- it gets what you want!

The Grime Reaper said...

I've come out to clean up.

Liars first.......AAAAAAAH!!!!

To clear the cobwebs, I’m going to join you on your walk O.H.

Tuscan Tony said...

Perhaps the treacherous could be rewarded with a date with this chappie:

max the impaler said...

I suggest when the pound sterling goes tits-up we introduce a new currency called OPM.This, as you will have guessed, is a new political currency,'other peoples money'needs no gold standard,no international exchange rate.It is a bottomless resource and these collectivist cretins can pay all ofthemslves as much as they fucking like.A new peerage should also be introduced..Duc de Merde..they can all give each other one of those as well.I am so in awe of these wonderful minds and the international esteem they have generated.I am frankly, overcome.

Dave said...

Vent your spleen at this

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