Tuesday, March 11, 2008

What price loyalty?

Iain Dale reports that the former Lib Dem candidate for Hull East in 2005 has joined the Tories, bringing the total number of such defections since the last election to seven.

People are entitled to change their minds, of course, but what I find hard to believe is that political parties so regularly display such lamentable judgement in selecting parliamentary candidates whose loyalty to their cause is so evidently skin-deep. That the Lib Dems managed to be hoodwinked seven times in this way when selecting its 2005 slate speaks volumes.

There are thousands of loyal footsoldiers out there who support the same party for decades and never even get asked to stand for their local school governing body, yet these shallow, opportunistic shysters manage to get themselves selected to stand for Parliament even though their only loyalty is to their own careers.

Am I the only person who feels this way when I read of these tales of treachery?

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5 comments:

Vicarious Phil said...

The guy sounds like a bit of an idiot, he refers in his press release to the "socialist Labour Party". Thus demonstrating how closely in touch he is with recent political events, of say the last 30 years. Then again he is trying to suck to his new "friends" in the tory party who probably still refer to the Labour Party as socialist. Politics in the UK is more like a childish game with every day that passes.

lettersfromatory said...

A simple solution would be to ban people from changing parties once they have been elected to represent one. Quentin Davies should have triggered a by-election when he defected, and I see no reason why local councillors should be treated any differently. You have been elected to represent a party and that's precisely what you should do.

Matt Buck said...

It seems to indicate the way to get on in the political world doesn't it. Never mind the ideas, feel the opportunities...

Paul Linford said...

I agree with lettersfromatory here. I always believed the SDP would have had a lot more credibility if David Owen and Co had all resigned their seats in '81.

Matt Buck said...

Perhaps they might be allowed to change sides once before we disqualify them...
;-)