Malcolm Armsteen wrote:
I don't really want to be a member of a party that does that sort of thing.
We gave Militant a good chance to come in and work positively but they wouldn't, and formed a party within the party. There's absolutely no sign that Progress have done that - they're hardly secretive - and if sections of the party object to them then they are free to make their case and convince the party as a whole. As are Progress, the Fabians, the Co-Op, Labour left etc.
Another question - when you made a reference to entryism, did you mean Progress or the GMB (there were lots of pronouns there, hard to follow)?
I think it's wrong for GMB to push this at a time in which Progress (and that strand of the party) were struggling and had by all accounts had the position of which they wish to push undermined by an upturn in Ed Miliband's fortunes. I have very little time for Progress who I believe are a group agitating for a return to a certain Labour position that would not be beneficial to the party.
In the Oxygen I didn't mean particularly Progress, I meant people like Hodges (Though reading back I guess I meant a certain strand of the party who are still bitter we didn't go for David) who get to bicker from the side about some created fallacy about purges within the party like it's communist Russia.
In the sense of "joining the party" they always appeared to me separate of what the party was trying to achieve, unless it was drenched in rhetoric from the Blair era, Progress would actually benefit from Miliband winning in 2015 they are shackled as much by the Blair victories as most of the party is. The polling says the people wants a party unified.