Sunday, July 26, 2009

MacKinlay Explains His Decision



YourThurrock.com
interviewed Andrew MacKinlay yesterday about his decision to stand down. It's worth a watch, particularly when he talks about his frustration with parliamentary politics, the McKinnon case and Damian Green.

At the end he expresses the hope that Thurrock Labour Party will be able to choose his successor in an open way. Sadly that won't be the case. The Labour Party hasn't yet held an Open Primary, and the probability is that they will be presented with an all women shortlist to choose from..

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Labour Party hasn't yet held an Open Primary, and the probability is that they will be presented with an all women shortlist to choose from..

That's womyn, you phallocratic oppressor. Or possibly wimmen. (The spelling apparently depends on whether you're in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Judea or the Judean Popular Liberation Front.)

Demetrius said...

Given that the OAP's are now the most seriously under represented minority in the UK, might I suggest it is now time for all OAP lists of hopefulls for parliamentary seats?

Russell said...

Children are seriously under-represented in Parliament. To rectify this outrageous situation, I suggest that Brown Central should require all Labour selection meetings to be in the form of playground pitched battles, with hair-pulling, pinching and ankle hacking allowed.

Ah. I'm a bit behind the times here...

Gherkin Jenkins said...

It comes to something when political parties don't just pick the person who is most capable of winning them the seat. Barking.

VotR said...

I will be surprised if Labour win MacKinlay's seat post general election.

Liebour won't go away without a fight, full of smears up to the eyeballs. All parties will be getting their bunkers ready for the political Battle Royale.

Dick the Prick said...

He did absolutely brilliantly until the penultimate sentence where he referred to himself in the 2nd person. Seriously though - fair play to the chap; must take a lot out of anyone watching a fudge on an austistic lad, likely to piss off the most hardened cynic.

WV: underste - sounds like stables' sewerage systems!

james said...

I think that was a very convincing explanation

Anonymous said...

Nice fella. gordons got rid of him.

DjayM said...

Can't understand why our revered & respected MP's consider themselves overworked when over 70% of their
work has been taken over by their
colleagues in Brussels...........

Robin B'stard MP said...

He's going because they could not control him, it's as simple as that.

Mackinlay is an honourable and principled man, far too good for the "dodge and weave, lie and spin" politics of this Labour administration.....he obviously feels as conned and betrayed as us.

I hope the Thurrock Labour party insists on a fair and open primary instead of bowing down before Harridian Harperson and her rabid legions of man hating rug munchers.

Anonymous said...

Looking at his expenses claims:

i) he claims for a second home despite the constituency being some 20 miles from Westminster;

ii) he has claimed thousands of pounds for "food" (regularly the maximum allowed, with no recipts)

iii) ditto, for "petty cash".

Tweedledum said...

The future Lord MacKinlay, I hope.

The Grim Reaper said...

I think that MPs are too old. I believe we need to get younger and younger MPs into politics - I'm thinking of having an all-foetuses shortlist in order to deal with this.

johnpaul said...

i think it smore likely Mckinaly will get rid of brown than brown has got rid of him,

why doesn't he and ian gibson stand as independents