Wednesday 08 February 2023


So, you are a political party and you do pretty badly at the election, losing 25% of your parliamentary seats when you should have been making serious gains. Your leader comes under fire for dithering and failing to capitalise on the changing political tide.

So after the election, you set up an independent committee of party stalwarts to look at your poor performance. You need to get to the bottom of what went wrong.
And then, bizarrely, you agree that the three senior party officials who should be shouldering the blame for the election disaster can make changes to that report – destroying any pretence of its independence.
Sound’s like a perfect political stitch-up? Well this is exactly what the Labour party appears to have done with its investigation into last November’s election trouncing.
Since the resignation of one brave committee member who did not like the revisions, the committee chairman Ruud Vreeman has been rabbiting on and on about how it was agreed in advance that the party leader, party chairman and parliamentary leader could have a hand in altering the text. Furthermore, he says, the changes that have been made are minimal.
Point being, they should not have not have been making any changes in the first place. The report will be published on Friday. Apparently party leader Wouter Bos need not fear for his future. What a surprise.

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