The numbers Labour did NOT want you to see on TV this morning – and why

No surprises here, it’s just mind boggling the amount of people who couldn’t vote in this election.


This morning I had the privilege to be at the special conference for the announcement of the result of the leadership contest between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith.

As you will know by now, the result was emphatic, with Corbyn gaining a decisive 61.8% share (313,209/506,438/654,006) of the votes in spite of the efforts to weed out around 250,000 mostly Corbyn supporters by suspensions, expulsions and simply not sending them a ballot.

But there was a significant little passage of events that you will have missed. I was seated directly behind deputy leader Tom Watson and party General Secretary Iain McNicol, within easy touching distance (if I had wished:

wp_20160924_001Iain McNicol looking positively underwhelmed at Labour’s overwhelming democratic choice

As he prepared to read the results, NEC Chair Paddy Lillis said he would read out the overall result but would also show the results by voting constituency (full members, supporters…

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The numbers Labour did NOT want you to see on TV this morning – and why

R.I.P. Democracy

I can’t sleep when something is on my mind. This poem popped out of my mind at 3 am this morning, can’t imagine what inspired it.

Couldn’t decide whether to post it on my political blog or creative one so I decided to put it in both.

If you like it feel free to comment or share 🙂


What happened to democracy?

Was it stolen by hypocrisy

Enslaved by aristocracy

Or Replaced by an autocracy

Then buried in bureaucracy.

Where can we find equality?

Has it run away with honesty?

When corrupted by frivolity

And beaten by brutality.

Disguised as an authority.

Have we really lost humanity?

Was it deafened by profanity

And lured into insanity

By acts of pure depravity

If so then it’s a tragedy

R.I.P. Democracy