Yet Another Hereditary Politician

As reported in today's Sunday Times:-

'Emily Benn, 24, granddaughter of the late Tony Benn, said she was "delighted and honoured" after being selected as Labour's parliamentary candidate for Croydon South, a Tory stronghold'.


Anthony Neil Wedgewood Benn might've renounced his hereditary peerage but it seems the Labour Party has a penchant for 'keeping it in the family'.
What do you reckon the odds were on there not being another suitable candidate in the entire country apart from one who happens to be the Granddaughter of one Labour MP and the niece of another?
 

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The way the Labour Party is going it will soon be the party of the upper middle-class. Must be very confusing for dyed in the wool conservatives! :cool:
 
Nepotism in a socialist party, well I never. I find that almost as suprising as the sun rising in the east every day.
 

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24 and wouldn't even get it - well, she would, but not by internet standards.

No thanks.

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The way the Labour Party is going it will soon be the party of the upper middle-class. Must be very confusing for dyed in the wool conservatives! :cool:


It always was.

The clever trick Labour played was to fool the masses into believing they 'represented' the 'common man'.
 
Nepotism in a socialist party, well I never. I find that almost as suprising as the sun rising in the east every day.
It's the norm in this communist country. If you are military, police, or civil service and of senior rank (lt col or equiv) you get a free place in one of the ministries for a relative.
 

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But at least some of the older Labour grandees did not move away from their roots. You would never see the likes of John Prescott ex Merchant Navy steward, selling out and taking a Peerage!
 
It's the socialist way. Getting the candidacy on merit would smack of competition and that could be seen as elitist couldn't it?
 
But at least some of the older Labour grandees did not move away from their roots. You would never see the likes of John Prescott ex Merchant Navy steward, selling out and taking a Peerage!
I don't see Prescott as a grandee, more a token working man. I don't believe he was ever actually responsible for delivering anything of importance. The non aristo Labour men who did deliver were the grammar school boys, and we all know who put an end to that silly idea.
 
It's the socialist way. Getting the candidacy on merit would smack of competition and that could be seen as elitist couldn't it?
Please let's not pretend the Labour party is socialist, even Tony Benn had the honesty to admit that wasn't the case.
 
But at least some of the older Labour grandees did not move away from their roots. You would never see the likes of John Prescott ex Merchant Navy steward, selling out and taking a Peerage!

IIRC he was supposedly a Stoker who was allowed to steward occasionally when they were short.

Tried to get his (wife's) son to succeed him as Labour candidate in Hull
 

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'Emily Benn, 24, granddaughter of the late Tony Benn, said she was "delighted and honoured" after being selected as Labour's parliamentary candidate for Croydon South, a Tory stronghold'.

24 years old, she'll bring so much life experience to the role....f**king NOT
 
The way the Labour Party is going it will soon be the party of the upper middle-class. Must be very confusing for dyed in the wool conservatives! :cool:

It's been confusing for Old Labour people too. I know some who'd been Labour all their lives- doctors working in the NHS and Labour councillors to boot. You could hear the teeth grating across the other side of the room when Tories were congratulating them on "how nice that Mr Blair seemed".
 
FFS. If she's a Labour party member, she's entitled to put her name forward. As for nepotism, ask Nick Hurd who's the Tory MP for Ruislip/Northwood in West London. Guess who his dad is?

As for the political future of Miss Benn, it's Croydon. It's a Tory stronghold seat. She's not exactly being parachuted into a life long career in Parliament by being selected to stand there is she!

If anybody thinks that having family who are members or past members of Parliament should disbar people from standing for election to Parliament, they need to wake up and smell the coffee.

Apart from the matter of individuals being able to freely follow their own choices in terms of career opportunities regardless of family affiliations, all the major political parties have people in similar circumstances.
 
It's been confusing for Old Labour people too. I know some who'd been Labour all their lives- doctors working in the NHS and Labour councillors to boot. You could hear the teeth grating across the other side of the room when Tories were congratulating them on "how nice that Mr Blair seemed".

I knew a few old labour both professionals and working class some were principled but most would sell their grannies for toffee.
 

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The situation is even more hilarious up here in Scotland! My own local council is a coalition of Labour and Conservatives just to keep the SNP, largest single party, out of power.

Whenever a labour supporter bumps their gums about the Tories in Westminster I ask about their partners in council. The anguish is delightful to watch o_O:D
 
The situation is even more hilarious up here in Scotland! My own local council is a coalition of Labour and Conservatives just to keep the SNP, largest single party, out of power.

Whenever a labour supporter bumps their gums about the Tories in Westminster I ask about their partners in council. The anguish is delightful to watch o_O:D

I'm confused. I thought you lot had wiped out the Tories in Scotland. There's still some left? Say it ain't so!!
 

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We may have one, not very bright, Tory MP, but there is s flourishing Tory party in Scotland.

There is much speculation that following Independence and cutting ties with the English Tory Party, there will be a need for a strong centre-right party and a Tory resurgence in Scotland.:cool:
Only speculation of course :p
 

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I knew a few old labour both professionals and working class some were principled but most would sell their grannies for toffee.

I was unfortunate to know a labour politician who worked at local party level. A more treacherous, self serving, top level cnut I have yet to meet. Constant yak yak yak about the brothers standing together and when it really counted guess who wasn't there. It took a lot of self control not to put two in the slimy sh!te and then let the rest of the lads have a go. As a result I will never ever vote Labour.

When Labour started it had good principles, which at the time, achieved something for the common man when it was desperately needed. Again something like this is needed but the new breed of Labour certainly aren't the ones I'd trust to get the job done. Now where was that thread on filling a mass grave....
 

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