June 18th, 2014

Labour’s Westminster Bubble Bursts
Half of Party’s Key Marginal Candidates are Political Insiders 

Researched published in the Guardian today confirms Labour’s bubble problem: half of the party’s candidates selected to fight marginal seats come from jobs in politics. 54% of Labour candidates in marginal and inherited seats have previously worked in politics or wonk world, compared with 46% of LibDem candidates and 17% of Tories. Created in the image of their leader…

The research finds that former or current staff of Ed Miliband, Yvette Cooper, Tessa Jowell, Ruth Kelly, Hazel Blears, Alistair Darling, Hilary Armstrong, Mary Creagh, Lord Foulkes, David Blunkett and Lord Sugar are all running, as are 15 ex-Labour MPs standing again, as readers will remember they include expenses piggies Joan Ryan and Andrew Dismore. They identified four Red Princes so far: Jack Straw’s son Will, Neil Kinnock’s son Stephen, former MP Colin Burgon’s son Richard and ex-MP Shona McIsaac’s husband Peter. They won’t be the last.

In 2012 Miliband championed a new Labour Party programme to find more working class MPs to try to address concerns that too many of the party’s candidates had backgrounds as researchers and SpAds, but as Bath University’s Dr Peter Allen says, “it is more a Labour problem” and it is not going away. An ICM poll finds 44% say they are fed up with careerist MPs who “look and sound the same“, indeed a Times/YouGov poll earlier this year found that not having had a “real” job outside of politics was the least attractive quality for candidates, with 55% saying it made them unsuitable for public office. Even Tony Blair said last year that there was a “problem” with MPs not working in normal jobs before entering politics. Might there possibly be a link between Ed Miliband spending his adult life in the bubble and the public’s perception of him as an out of touch weirdo?


  1. 1
    still walking into darkness says:

    According to the article, working in Labour HQ and being a political lobbyist counts as working in private sector. Just how full of shi*e are these people

  2. 2
    Tony Blair says:

    Cry havoc, and unleash the dogs of war!

  3. 3
    Spartacus says:

    Le plus ca change, the plus ca reste constante

  4. 4
    Hattie Hatemen says:

    Labour was right to invade other countries for no reason.
    Labour was right to ask our bitterest enemies of the last 30 years to go into the country we fucked over and try and restore order.

    Ed Miliband was right to call for a price freeze on furl prices
    Ed Miliband was right to prevent intervention in Syria that has now spilled over into Iraq and going to lead to the mother of all fuel price rises

    I was right to say stupid things
    I am a stupid person

  5. 5
    Albert's chainsaw sharpeners says:

    Who care’s, they don’t, they are next on the troughing list and that’s all that counts, Liebour the party that hates it’s country and it’s people so much , they have to import people from countries around the world to vote for them.

  6. 6
    HTH says:

    Very full.

  7. 7
    Alcy Campbell says:

    Anyone you want, shall we say, neutralised, your Toniness?

  8. 8
    Vote Tory, get Juncker says:

    Well, at least they’re good at one thing.

  9. 9
    Tony Blair says:

    Everyone! Everyone! When all are dead, I shall reign supreme forever more! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaaa!

  10. 10
    Rachel Reeves says:

    Dog of war? You talkin’ ’bout me?


  11. 11
    Anonymous says:

    “Might there possibly be a link between Ed Miliband spending his adult life in the bubble and the public’s perception of him as an out of touch weirdo?”
    Personally. When I hear anyone contradict their own assertion in the space of a single sentence, their vocational calling doesn’t come into it. They are clearly so weird, that they can’t even be listening to what they themselves are saying.

  12. 12
    Gordon McBreath says:

    He’s definitely gone a bit loopy.

    Trust me..I should know.

  13. 13
    WoRaft Chihuahua says:

    I’m not voting for an aristo, don’t care which party they are from.

  14. 14
    Ed Moribund says:

    Read all about how Ed Miliband is the right leader for Britain, in today’s soaraway Sun!

  15. 15

    I’m full of hot air as usual…..oh and let China control our nuclear plants.

  16. 16

    They just cant imagine what its like working in a place where you cant get a decent Malbec with your lunch

  17. 17
    Sue Denim says:

    Eventually the air in that bubble will run out.

    Suffocation is too good for them.

  18. 18
    All the other Labour MPs, who do as they are told says:

    Just say “make it so” and your wish is our command.

  19. 19
    guardian non-job of the day says:

    The Diocese of Chichester includes over 480 church communities, one-third of primary schools and over 10% of secondary schools across Sussex.

    We are looking for a committed and enthusiastic individual with exceptional leadership skills to take on the role of Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel, to work with the Bishop of Chichester and other key Diocesan personnel to continue to build a culture of outstanding safeguarding practice across all aspects of Diocesan life. You will need substantial experience of strategic and operational leadership of safeguarding, have proven leadership and communication skills, and have extensive experience of chairing complex professional meetings at senior level. It is anticipated that the role will need a maximum of 18 days per year, at a rate of £500 per day, inclusive of any travel costs.

    If you are interested in finding out more about this role, please contact Angela Sibson, Diocesan Secretary, for an informal discussion on 01273 421021 or at Angela.Sibson@chichester.anglican.org

    You can apply for this post or download the application pack from the diocesan website: http://www.chichester.anglican.org

    The deadline for applications is July 16.

  20. 20
    Ed Moribund says:

    I apologise for that article.
    When i was invited to the SUN offices, and met the SUN journalists and answered their questions and posed for photographs and they asked me to hold a copy of the SUN and meet Rupert Murdoch…

    I thought I was at the Guardian..Sorry.

  21. 21
    Harbottle says:

    These candidates are merely clones, with ready programmed microchips implanted in their brains-all ready to spout the latest sound bite or bandwagon topic relayed to them from Labour HQ. Why would anyone from the parallel universe of real life want to be part of it?

  22. 22
    Heraclitus says:

    I disagree (not obviously).

  23. 23
    Fishy says:

    Had she not have been from a privileged well connected background, Hattie would have been working on the counter in Woolworths…or in Greggs selling PIEs

  24. 24
    po wite says:

    Malbec? Some sort of euro rent-boy?

  25. 25
    Will says:

    Meanwhile my local mp sadiq khan has kept completely quite over this despite being a Muslim mp. Could it be to do with the fact that he is not Sunni or shir but an offshoot with both the main Muslim tribes hate.

  26. 26
    Southern Softie says:

    Never had a proper job or achieved anything

  27. 27
    Calamity Clegg, Chief Cockroach says:

    You rang ?

  28. 28
    Will says:

    Ed miliband not sure about Sunni or Shia but he knows they sung ” I got you babe” in the 60’s

    Sorry I get me coat

  29. 29

    Even Woolies have standards you know…

  30. 30
  31. 31
    nell says:

    It’s not just that they are only interested in appointing people who have never had a proper job and who have spent their lives kowtowing to the labour elite , it is also that there are very few , possibly none, working class people who would wish to stand as a labour mp and so associate themselves with the non-working most unlabour party we’ve ever had. Labour no longer stands for working class people.

  32. 32
    Strait sort of jacket says:

    This should come as no surprise. After the loonies took over the Asylum, we would expect them to prefer their offspring, protege, fellow inmates in succession to them. Indeed, it would be most surprising that they would want any risk that normality might be reinstated.
    It is the behaviour of an Oligarchy. Even one of certified insanity. One must, though, raise some doubts about the sanity of the rest of us who humour this group of megalomaniac sex perverts by continuing to play this dumb-show of voting to restore most of them back to their Asylum every four or five years.
    A definition of insanity is repeating the same experiment and expecting a different result!

  33. 33
    Ed Moribund says:

    I am less popular than Nick Clegg.

    Just let that sink in for a minute.

    I am LESS popular than the man who was the least popular person in Britain.
    Its almost inconceivable that i could have done that without really trying hard.

  34. 34
    The two Muppets says:

    Most Labour spads and researchers appear to have an inferiority complex ,
    They are programmed to recite the socialist crap that their Union and
    political masters spout . If they had even half an independent brain they
    would realise that they are no better than the political fodder in North Korea.

  35. 35
    Aardvark says:

    The Labour party is made up of bourgeois London Elites who see immigrants as maids, nannies and waitresses. They hate the working class, who they have to lie to to get votes.

    Peter Hitchens. Daily Mail

  36. 36
    caronia says:

    All of the three main parties’ spads are exactly the same, ex ‘good school,university (PPE), with family connections and then parachuted into Westminster,bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to be indoctrinated.

  37. 37
    M says:

    Look at long term labour seats throughout the country and what do you get , poverty ,
    You would think after voting labour for 50 years and still finding your self living in a shithole , you might start thinking ” you know what this labour lot are really shit , let’s try something else .

  38. 38
    Maimed Codger says:

    The Supermarket Plastic Bag is probably the most recycled thing in Britain, now to be banned or charged for by Supermarkets… living proof of just how far the Government is out of touch with the Public. Ever been to a Boot Fair, Church Bazaar, Antiques Fair or any Public event… this is no more than a Tax on the Elderly.

  39. 39
    Mycroft says:

    In answer to the last question asked:- “Might there possibly be a link between Ed Miliband spending his adult life in the bubble and the public’s perception of him as an out of touch weirdo?” Not just possible… a dead cert.

  40. 40
    Anonymous says:

    The Government’s own report said that they were better environmentally than reuseable bags, so the report was quietly filed away.

  41. 41
    Bluto says:

    Perfectly consistent with the Labour concept of politics as imposing top down party dogma and opposing any dissent from their orthodoxy rather than representing the people.

    Those marginals candidates are not there to represent their constituents but to maintain conformity for a party that was once memorably described as “the political wing of the British people as a whole”.

    When Miliband talks of ‘one nation’ he means a nation voting Labour with no other choice and a society run by Labour in every aspect of public and private life.

    Not since the early 1930s in Germany have we seen a party so determined to combine and coerce political, public and private life into a single narrative or putting in place the building blocks (since 1997) to do just that.

  42. 42
    Zombie Politician says:

    Look, we are committed to pressing ahead with this, because it’s the right thing to do.

  43. 43
    Dangerous Brian says:

    Did Ralph flee National Socialism or was he sent here as a 5th columnist to create the Brave New Order in the UK.
    Ein Reich, Ein Volk, Ein Trough.

  44. 44
    Dangerous Brian says:

    That coke fiend that worked for the Co-oP would fit right in.
    Lots of nice choir boys about as well, 2 birds, one stone.

  45. 45
    Dangerous Brian says:

    But when the North Koreans do it its tyranny.
    Wipe the scales from your eyes you stupid labour twa*ts.

  46. 46
    Ron says:

    “counts as working in private sector”
    That is perfectly true. The whole of the government of this country is nothing but a private sector business. It is the business of politics, Good government is totally ignored and the total effort is directed at retaining or gaining seats round the trough and the ever open public purse.

  47. 47
    Liebour says:

    Our people have been through our schools of lying excellence. They can lie at the drop of a hat. They have the ability to manufacture a lie when the truth would serve them better. They are perfectly suited to represent Liebour as candidates.

  48. 48
    Fred the pensioner says:

    With all that waffle at the start of the ad, it would seem to me that 18 days a year is nowhere near enough to do the job properly. Why don’t they just get a bloke from the local pub to fill in every now and then?

  49. 49

    Yes, we need more people from ordinary backgrounds like spoonface.

  50. 50
    Dave and George - Shit and Shyte says:

    “appointing people who have never had a proper job”?

    Could never happen in our modern, inclusive Conservative Party.

  51. 51
    Penfold says:

    And politicians wonder about the political disconnect between the hoi polloi, of whom they are dismissive, and themselves.

    But this figure is not unsurprising, as political parties seek to create elites who will govern and effect the socio-economic changes that will self benefit.

    The west was highly critical last year of the electoral selection process that was overseen in Iran by the ayatollahs, ensuring that only the correct candidates where allowed to stand, representing more the in-situ theocratic position than any trace of that alien concept of democratic representation that is anathema to Islam.

    Not unsurprising that the left has seemingly adopted a similar stance.

  52. 52
    RWG says:

    At least they know how to build nuclear plants (including thorium, of which we have a lot of, under our feet!)

  53. 53

    Some ecolunatic idiot once said that these bags last up to one thousand years .BOLLOCKS the useless piece of shit I got fro Morrison’s yesterday didn’t last the walk home before the handles broke ,less than a ten minute walk!!!!!

  54. 54

    So there we finally have it .
    irrefutable proof that the Two Eds now wear contact lenses to the wrong specification such that they are unble to see further than their noses.

  55. 55

    Eggsactly, more politicians needed coming from the real world. Who have learnt the hard way, progressing through various company cultures. Talented with good track record, who speak voter speak, not political non-speak. After a few years in Parliament they’ll be whatsinnitforme hypocrites like all rest. S’game innit, can’t win!

  56. 56
    Foot Note says:

    Ahhhh, aren’t they just like the cute little Military Families who carry-on the Family Tradition through the Generations, putting their lives on the the line for FA?

    Errr, actually, they’re not. They’re nepotists, who thrive on voter ignorance and prey on misconceptions about what they actually stand for.

    Full PR NOW! End this charade of ‘Local MP’s’, because the above patently show’s that they aren’t!

  57. 57
    John Tandy says:

    Never held down a proper job in their entire lives……

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