No, I’m not referring to the two twats in the picture above – I’m referring to the Labour party parliamentary candidates who refused to accept donations to their fighting funds from Tony Blair.
Blair has donated £106,000 from the millions he has milked since leaving Downing Street to a fighting fund to help Labour win the election. In a letter to 106 candidates in key battleground seats, Blair said:
‘As the final countdown to the general election begins, I am writing to wish you every success in your efforts to be elected and also to make a donation to your campaign. I know how hard it can be to raise money to fund a local campaign, but for you, in one of our 106 battleground seats, it is even more vital. This is where the election will be won for Labour and that is why I am making a donation to all 106 campaigns.’
Initially, Labour said they were delighted by Blairs donation, but then it all went wrong. Activists are unhappy about accepting money from a man who has made millions out of leading Labour and who many perceive as a war criminal and hypocrite.
Dundee East candidate Lesley Brennan said her constituency would not be accepting the money. She said: ‘Received donation from Tony Blair. Instinct was to not accept. Discussed with team. Dundee East is not accepting the £1000.’
Northampton candidate Sally Keeble has also turned down the money. She said: ‘The £1,000 donations are being offered to key seats – of which we were one. I have emailed them back to say we won’t be accepting.’
Then Blair’s former mouthpiece, Alastair Campbell, decided to throw his two pennuth worth in on his Twitter account branding the candidates refusing to accept the money as ‘attention seekers’ and asking them ‘do you want to win?’ One Twitter twat asked Campbell ‘Is there anyone who’s money you would not accept?’ to which I suspect the honest answer would be ‘no’.
Campbell replied ‘Of course there is’ (really, Alistair?) ‘but the Party’s most successful leader is not amongst them.’ The reply came back ‘Short term success. Awful legacy. Refusing money from war criminals is not attention seeking.’ Campbell retorted that people like him can’t see past their own prejudices. Rather like the pot calling the kettle black, Alistair?
Still, the arch spin doctor will probably tell you there’s no such thing as bad publicity and at least it puts him back in the limelight, something I suspect Campbell can’t bear to do without being the self publicist he is.
Well, you might not have many principles, Mr Campbell, but it’s refreshing to see that at least some people in the Labour Party do – even if your former leader doesn’t.