Keeping the Faith

Words almost fail this writer when looking at the uber-Blairite website Keeping the Faith, which argues that, “they are backing Prime Minister Tony Blair against a minority of MPs who want to bring him down.”

Never mind that the petition started off with a list of names from an American name generator, then got hijacked while the mystery webmaster snoozed by posters claiming to be Dot Cotton, Bernard Manning, Darth Vader and “Blair, straight to hell”, as the petition has now been repaired.

However, it now consists of 35 people, and with the most notable being Jessica Asato and Howard Dawber, the message of unity is hardly moving beyond small new Labour circles. And while Luke Akehurst certainly writes a good, entertaining blog, it’s hardly moved out of its comfort zone.

Given that this is a very thinly veiled anti-Brown front group, it’s all the more amusing to look at the “Tony Blair’s Achievements” section. Let’s list some highlights:

1. Lowest inflation since the 60s
2. Low interest rates
3. Introduced the National Minimum Wage
9. Lowest unemployment for 29 years
10. Written off up to 100 per cent of debt owed by poorest countries
18. New Deal – helped over a million people into work
19. Local government funding has increased by a third in real terms
24. Child benefit up 25 per cent since 1997
25. Created Sure Start to help children from low income households
27. £200 winter fuel payment to pensioners & extra £100 for over-80s
32. All workers now have a right to 4 weeks’ paid holiday
33. Record rises in the state pension
34. 700,000 children lifted out of relative poverty
35. Introduced child tax credit giving more money to parents
37. Cut long-term youth unemployment by 75 per cent
44. Free TV licences for over-75s
47. Free local bus travel for over-60s

All we can say is thank god that bastard plotter Brown hasn’t taken over to mess that record up.

22 Responses to Keeping the Faith

  1. I notice that there isn’t a single member of the current Young Fabians executive on the list. The times they are…. er… changin’.

    I’d like to point out that while some of my personal aquaintances on this list have often accused of being spine-chillingly ambitious, I regard their signature on this as a demonstration that they are as principled and well-intentioned as they are start-raving bonkers.

    “Asato… Dawber… message of unity” – boom, and indeed boom.

  2. Henry G says:

    I’ve noted on the list that there is a Jane Griffiths. I wonder if it’s the same person as ex-Reading East maverick Jane Griffiths? I really, really hope so.

    Jessica Asato sounds like an anagram.

  3. Matthew says:

    I am not being funny, but if you only had 35 people to muster in support of an outgoing leader, wouldn’t you think “erm, should we actually not bother”.

    And who names political campaigns after a Bon Jovi song these days?!

  4. Henry G says:

    Perhaps Bon Jovi’s ‘Never Say Goodbye’ or ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ would be more appropriate.

  5. Andrea says:

    She’s probably that Jane Griffiths considering that in her blog she’s suggesting that Blair should sack Brown.

  6. Ian G says:

    Henry, I fear ‘Blaze of Glory’ might be more what Blair intends…

  7. So was The Final Countdown Bon Jovi?

  8. Incidentally, it’s been brought to my attention that Cllr Claire Whelan has signed the petition, though she has sadly now been removed and replaced by a name listed only as “Dave”. Possibly because she was a Tory councillor in Lambeth. But whatever happened to Tony’s “big tent” politics, I ask?

  9. media scum says:

    For a moment when i saw Stewart Downing’s name, i wondered what an England international was up to…. but it’s Stewart, not Stuart……

  10. Henry G says:

    If technology permitted I’m sure these people would have had a website during the maiden voyage of the Titanic. No doubt it would have called for opposition to the ‘small number of crewmen trying to undermine the Captain.’

    I think what annoys me about this site is its utter personalisation of politics. It’s all ‘Tony Blair’s achievements’ and nothing of course to do with the Labour Party and wider movement.

  11. “For a moment when i saw Stewart Downing’s name, i wondered what an England international was up to…”

    Yeah, he’d never sign this. He’s a left-winger.

  12. Andrea says:

    It seems that the name Seamus is popular among Blair’s supporters:

    seamus patrick mulready
    Seamus Patrick Wisebloom

  13. Seamus Patrick Mulready is the membership secretary of New River Ward Labour Party in Hackney North CLP and very much a real person.

  14. While we’re on the subject of identities, for anyone who has read the Bloggerheads expose of Keeping The Faith and is wondering who David Taylor is – he’s a Young Labour hack from Wales who this correspondent vaguely recalls from the Birmingham Hodge Hill by-election campaign.

    Ironically, he was described to to me at the time as “so old right that he’s like a mini Tom Watson”. It would seem that label no longer holds true…

  15. Andrea says:

    sorry Luke to have doubted of the existence of Mr Mulready.

    But those things are easy to rig. It’s like the supporters lists in leadership contests…Ming’s campaign added all names without even checking the most bizarre ones (actually they promoted to Councillor a faux name I gave them)

  16. leon says:

    And it’s back in a new ugly form, you can’t sign the petition you have to email them and then they add your name…victory is ours!

  17. The link above doesn’t seem to work. Are they at a new address?

  18. Albert O'Balsam says:

    Poor old Tony, counting on the support of barking Jane Griffiths.

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