This has been in the media for a while. A former Labour party spin-doctor, Philip Gould, has been accused of nepotism in his bid to get his daughter Georgia, to become the party’s candidate in the safe seat of Erith and Thamesmead for the next general election.
As a result, the planned candidate selection contest was postponed. Predictably, both supporters and opponents of Georgia were said to have entered a bitter slanging match, criticising each other for being dirty.
But why has this, in a long running series of scandals to hit the government, is classed as news? It’s not the first time the Labour leadership has trampled on the constituency parties over the selection of candidates. Even in the majority of areas where they have been able to select their local candidates, it’s claimed that nepotism often rules supreme. The trade unions affiliated to the party have a major say on who gets picked, so any potential outsiders who want to change the system are often excluded. In the past, it was often said that if Labour had put a monkey up for election, people would vote for it.
Thankfully, that is changing. After twelve years of lies, evasions and broken promises, the next general election is the perfect chance for the people of Erith and Thamesmead to cast their votes against Labour…. whichever candidate they pick.