Our Labour governing party is currently holding its annual conference at Brighton. For 'believers' I would have thought this should be a time of brotherly behaviour (this is the Labour Party, after all, and don't they all call each other 'brother' or 'comrade' or some such?) suffused, inevitably by lively debate - isn't that what a conference, any conference, is supposed to be about?
Not in Blair's Britain it ain't! Everything must be stage-managed to the nth degree, and dissension is not permitted - lest it spoil the soundbites to be picked up by the news media for later broadcast, no doubt. For people who, whatever I may think of their politics or their comments, are undoubtedly within the Labour fold, the treatment meted out is certainly intriguing, and the pathetic climbdown when the nonsense of the way they have allowed/required conference security to behave toward 'brothers' in the Labour Party is revealed.
That's for their friends, this is what happens to people they really don't care about, or people who are so indiscreet as to reveal the spin that is being foisted upon the public. This government has a track record of taking 'revenge' on people who have the temerity to hit home with serious criticism of their activities, but some people have the resources to fight back effectively. Others don't.