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Tony Blair faces the prospect of a celebrity anti-war candidate seeking to unseat him in his constituency stronghold of Sedgfield at the coming general election if a suitably wholesome figure can be found to follow Martin Bell’s 1997 example.
In response to this
Labour dismissed the idea as “a silly stunt”
This is certainly not something I’d say if I were particularly interested in getting people involved in the democratic process. Surely giving the electorate a choice is the whole point of an election, not just a “silly stunt”.
Perhaps this betrays a far more deeply held attitude in the Labour party: This is just a silly stunt in an silly election. They’re so sure that they’re going to win that they don’t really care about the other candidates and what they have to say, they’d rather just overlook the democratic process because they’re sure they will win and just be re-elected. It’s a foregone conclusion for them.
Yet another reason why Labour shouldn’t be elected.