Oct 2006 - Disloyalty = distrust = destruction

01 June 2013

LOYALTY is one of the qualities I most admire. If people can trust each other, they can work together – and the outcome is all the better for their combined efforts. As a democrat I know that decisions reached collectively are inherently better than trusting to the judgement of a single individual. Our combined wisdom is always superior to a single ego: this is one of the reasons I am a trade unionist – and why I have been a member of the Labour Party for over 30 years.

But to get trust, you need loyalty. You need to know that your colleagues will support you when times are tough. We all know how easy it is to find friends when the money is rolling in and the sun is shining. But we find out the value of those friends when the dark clouds gather.

Why was I thinking about this? Simply because it has sickened me recently to see the vultures circling around the Prime Minister.

I was approached by a camerawielding crew outside the TUC Conference at Brighton last month to ask if I'd support Gordon or Alan - or Uncle Tom Cobley - to replace Tony Blair. I said there was no vacancy, and that the Prime Minister would decide when it was time for him to go. I believe we owe him that. Have we forgotten so soon that this man led Labour to three successive electoral victories - an unprecedented achievement? We owe him something: and I believe that 'something' is loyalty. When it is time for him to step down, he will do so. What irritates me is that the 'Tony Must Go' brigade is made up of two main camps: those within the Party whose self-interest drives their ambition: and those outside it who are anti-everything - including Labour. I am proud to be part of the vast majority of the Labour members who will remain loyal to the Party - and its leader - until we all take a collective decision that it is time to find a successor.

At present, there is no vacancy for the Prime Minister's job - and those disloyal over-ambitious 'comrades' who are trying to force the issue do a great disservice to the party they seek to lead.

I welcome and encourage open debate within Labour - about its leadership as much as anything else. But I detest those modern-day Quislings whose only loyalty is to their own ambition. Ask yourself this: Do they even care that their actions divide the movement - and boost the Opposition?

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