UK: Brown new Prime Minister by coronation, not by democratic election


Bush, Iraq, and Gordon Brown, cartoon

From the blog of British Leftist candidate for Labour Party leader, John McDonnell:

With Gordon Brown having gained 308 nominations from Labour MPs, it is now mathematically impossible for me to reach the nominations I require to stand.

There will not now be an election.

Naturally I congratulate Gordon and wish him every success in Government, but it is a great shame that Labour Party members and affiliates will now not be allowed a vote on the leader of their party or the party’s future direction.

I am disappointed for all those Labour Party members who worked so had for the party campaigning to get us elected that they have been denied an opportunity of participating in a democratic election for the leader of this party.

I had hoped by standing I would have given them a voice in this crucial decision.

The demand from Labour Party members to debate the issues that confront our country will not go away and we will continue to campaign for a democratic say in that debate.

Comments: here.

Cartoon animation on this here.

So, Tony Blair has gravely injured democratic mechanisms within the Labour Party.

That had already become apparent at earlier occasions, like when at a party conference, Blair’s thugs dragged away octogenarian critical Labour party delegate Walter Wolfgang as a “terrorist”

There will now be a coronation of Gordon Brown, not a democratic election.

A very bad beginning for Brown.

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