Friday, July 20, 2007

IF you can keep your head

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
An extract from If, by Rudyard Kipling.

Could I suggest that all my colleagues in the party don't go running around like headless chickens trying to dish the blame out to everyone else?

You have to invest an enormous amount of emotional energy in an election and more so in a by-election, and I appreciate that we would have liked to have done better, but we are where we are.

Now is not the time to lose our heads, but to steel ourselves for the fight ahead,


Anonymous said...

I agree Benedict. New Labour has plenty more skeletons in the cupboard/ Its a matter of time....

Anonymous said...

Smacking of desperation Benedict?
Still you'll be put out of your misery soon, Brown will go for it, then its '97 all over again: four nil, four nil four nil four nil four nil four nil four nil etc.

Anonymous said...

A few weeks ago, I was certain Labour would lose the next general election to the Conservatives. Now I'm not so sure. But you can only learn so much from byelections (especially in an unusual seat like Ealing Southall), and the next election is likely to be several years away - anything could happen between now and then. There's still, in a very real sense, everything to play for.

Benedict White said...

Anonymous at 10:47PM, 20th of July, yes. Events will play a part.

Anonymous, at 7.48AM 21st July, no calling for people with big mouths to shut up.

Do you really think Labour can win another landslide majority? If Gordon did he would call a GE in the morning.

Alasdair, There has been much done, but there is much left to do, also "events" may come into play.