After the election post-mortem, the BULS head office turned to further naval gazing, this time over the monthly performance of the blog. In Tom Guise’s, first month as chair, the hits plummeted from 5543 to a meagre 5065. Guise’s aides claimed this was due to their leaders busy month of campaigning, and thus meant he was unable to steer them to further gains.
The news was greeted by a series of frantic blogs by disgraced former chair, Tom Marley who attempted to re-align himself within the hearts and minds of grassroots members. To add further poison to Guise’s woes, another former chair, John Ritchie returned for the local elections and has since been blogging as well. A source close to BULSInside suggested that both Marley and Ritchie were attempting a cous-d’etat, and that it was imminent. Guise, reportedly entered exile in London and has not been seen in Birmingham since he was spotted roaming Broad Street in the early hours of Friday morning. His parents have expressed mild-concern, close friends could not be located.
BULS members have blocked the email account in head office with calls for resignations. One member said “we need to know where we stand, we’ve lost the plot a bit. We just need to be able to tell people what it means to be BULS again.” Others were less couteous, demanding Guise’s head and other vital body parts. It will be hard to envisage how Guise and his aides can turn BULS around but we expect to hear further news on Wednesday afternoon, after Guise leads the new committee in their first meeting since assuming power.
Congratulations to all newly-elected Birmingham City Councillors. I happened to be browsing through the Birmingham Conservatives website, and found a page containing lovely pictures of all Conservative Birmingham City Councillors, sorted by ward. I would encourage everyone to go and take a look – it appears not to have been updated with the new councillors yet, but please check back once it has been updated. Notice anything?
I wonder if any of the Conservative Group plays chess. Hmmm.
On Saturday, I ventured to London, it was my step-brother’s christening on Sunday. As I entered the city, by car and through Dagenham I noticed something. There were no cars, no people. Were the rumours true? Had swathes of fearing Londoners left the city hours after hearing the proclaimation of their new Mayor. Of course not, infact it was 3.30am on Sunday morning. Nothing has changed in London, but it will and I am actually going to step back and watch with interest. The new Mayor may be gaffe prone and a bit hard to stomach at times but he won a race fair and square so it’s the least we can do.
The results were dissapointing for all in the party. Many hours of strong, honest campaigning by activists had accumulated to nothing, many good quality councillors lost their seats through no fault of their own. It’s been a demoralising few days. But you know what? I reckon we can pull ourselves back. We may lose the next election, we may not. But we know that with a Labour government millions of families benefit, millions of school kids have their education and future safe-guarded, millions of people have jobs. All thanks to Labour values in practice. We can hold our heads high. But a response is vitally needed to the new demands of voters. People who want mortgage assistance, wages that reflect rising living costs and greater job security. These have, in the past 10 years, been minute concerns of large state organisations. Labour has focussed on massive initiatives to kick-start the economy to ensure that growth is benefited by all, that got us through three elections but it won’t through the fourth. When Brown became leader he hand-picked a handful of big thinkers in the party to look at issues more closely, law and order, education, youth services and the environment. Those manifesto groups are due to report back in June/July so expect alot of debate over new radical ideas over the coming months. Hopefully we can come up with some coherency, we beat the Tories on policy, even Cameron admits it, but we lose on educated voters what we stand for. That needs to be our focus now.
While Marley prophecises and speculates about the future of the Labour party, I thought I’d lightenthe tone with some Bank Holiday fun for our less politically animalistic readers, or those who just need a laugh, with a citizenship test from the BBC. Fifteen questions, three options for each- I got ten.
Lots of it is absolutley bonkers. Having got through “What do you do is you spill someone’s pint? a) prepare for a fight in the car park…” I half expected to find “What is the minimum wage and does it apply to seasonal fruit pickers?” on there.
What did you get- are you more British than me?