While the rest of the country seem to be jumping the good ship Lib Dem as it flounders in the wake of Tory ideology, former Labour party member, Tristan Pithers, who we’re informed was the organiser of Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw’s re-election campaign ‘We’re Backing Ben 2010′, has defected to the Liberal Democrats.
Tristan puts his heart on his sleeve and explains his decision in a blog post on his site.
Tristan says: ‘The Labour Party I joined, the Labour Party I worked tirelessly for and the politicians I sought to elect were Blairites. They were modern, forward thinking and inclusive. New Labour won three General Elections. New Labour, as proclaimed proudly by the new leadership, is dead.’
He doesn’t like being called ‘Comrade’, and he’s not a massive fan of the word ‘socialist’ being used to describe the party on the back of its membership cards.
He says: ‘The class-warfare that the Labour Party is launching on the Government is shameful.’
In his soul searching he does touch on the point about all the parties’ leadership – which have more in common with each other than they do with their electorate.
And some would say New Labour’s continued scurry to the right was part of the problem in the first place.