I almost feel sorry for the Labour Party establishment. They have made one monumental fuck up after another during this leadership campaign, and only served to draw attention to the difference between themselves and the left of the party whilst simultaneously showing how they are barely distinguishable from the professional liars and freeloaders on the government bench.
I received this letter dated 4th September from H. Lazell, Harriet Harman’s Correspondence Manager. At first it seemed to have successfully shafted me with what sounds like Arnold Rimmer quoting from the Space Corps Directives.
However, if you read the quotation carefully, I am still not excluded.
“A member of the party who joins and/ or supports a political organisation other than an official Labour group or other unit of the party, or supports any candidate who stands against an official Labour candidate, or declares their intent to stand against a Labour candidate, shall automatically be ineligible to be or remain a party member, subject to the provisions of Chapter 6.1.2 below of the disciplinary rules.”
Seeing as Harman is a qualified lawyer and Queen’s Council (QC), one would have thought that she would be able to understand that this clause still does not specifically exclude me. It begins “A member of the party who…” and I am not a member. What’s more I did not support a candidate who stood against Louise Haigh MP (Labour) nor did I declare my intent to stand against the Labour candidate.
If the online sign-up page had excluded members of other parties, or if it had not offered the new designation of non-member supporter, then fair enough, and I would not have either signed up or argued with that.
But they didn’t and I acted in good faith. So cough up, Harriet, you still owe me three quid.