Alex Hilton (editor Recess Monkey & LabourHome) has just posted an explanation and defence of his Mayor of Baltimore spoof site HERE. He ends up asking people if they think what he did was incompatible with his status as a parliamentary candidate. Alex, in case you were unaware, is the Labour Candidate for Chelsea & Fulham.
It's a fair question. He says he has not been contacted by anyone at Labour HQ, but admits that some of his comrades are less than pleased with him. The trouble is, Alex has form on this. Remember his 'jolly little jape' about Margaret Thatcher dying? Other Labour candidates are asking how he can get away with going on TV and constantly calling for Gordon Brown to shape up or quit.
When you become a party candidate you have to recognise that you owe your Party some loyalty. Not blind loyalty, but you have to be aware that if you step out of line, you may well be disciplined. I have little doubt that if Alex had been a Tory candidate he would have had several dressing downs by now, and rightly so.
I have had a few ups and downs with Alex over the years. He's one of the most tribal people I know and genuinely believes that all Tories are by definition all racists and homophobes. He even accused me of being homophobic once, live on TV! But despite all this, I can't help liking him. His cheeky chappy disposition allows him to get away with things others never would, but
Alex would do well to steer clear of this sort of hoax or joke in future. If he is to make progress in the Labour Party he needs to start making friends rather than enemies.