After using Falkirk fiasco as the pretext for major upheavals in the Labour Party, we are now told (at 5pm on a Friday) that there wasn’t a problem after all!
”There have been serious issues in Falkirk.” — Ed Miliband, 3 July
“No organisation or individual has been found to have breached the rules as they stood at the time.” — Labour Party statement, 6 September
Now neither side of the dispute is happy — and Miliband is left with ownership of a reform process the trigger for which is apparently null and void.
Spinners dropping messy news at 5pm on a Friday is the political equivalent of crashing in pissed on tiptoes. SHHHHH!
— Alex Smith (@alexsmith1982) September 6, 2013
Labour saying that Unite didn’t break the rules in Falkirk is v significant. This selection was the spur to Miliband’s plan for party reform
— James Forsyth (@JGForsyth) September 6, 2013
I await with baited breath an apology from all the people who slandered and attacked trade unions, the country’s biggest democratic movement
— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) September 6, 2013
That is a staggering climb down from Ed Miliband. I can’t believe it.
— Dan Hodges (@DPJHodges) September 6, 2013