The Labour Party machine is reverting well and truly to the bad old days. It is now selling access to front-benchers for the sum of £500 – plus another £100 in VAT. An ad on the party’s website says a ‘new Labour Party event’ named the ‘Connected Business Forum’ kicks off in September and includes access to ‘our prominent Shadow Cabinet’, as well as
Intimate Policy themed roundtables with Frontbench Politicians on your choice of topics
Which might be the ‘prominent’ members of the current Shadow Cabinet is not specified, but the bizarre capitalisation and lack of hyphens makes ‘Intimate Policy’ seem like a thing – one that requires the urgent application of mind-bleach.
It seems the fall in membership has been exceeded by the drying up of funding as the lack of inspiration, vision and backbone bite and the many thousands of small donations Labour received from a mass movement dwindle away.
At least, that’s the charitable explanation for Labour’s rush to sell itself to businesses who might not be on the scale of the mega-donors it has already been courting.
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