I speak Russian. Did I ever tell you that? I’ve always been into history, politics and current affairs. I guess you probably realised that by now. Politically I’m probably one-nation Tory/libertarian. That probably goes back to my days as a pads brat living next to the East German border till the summer of 1978, then moving to the UK and experiencing the Winter of Discontent in 1978-1979. I have, however, been a member of Amnesty International and still generally support the organisation’s aim. (As an aside, I did once receive a reply to an Amnesty International letter I once sent, back in 1989.)
So, apparatchik. What exactly is an apparatchik? Here’s one definition:
An unquestioningly loyal subordinate, especially of a political leader or organization.
My one big observation of the Labour Party is, it is no longer the working person’s party, but more the urban metropolitan middle-class party (dare I say it – the Guardianista, chattering classes’ party). I personally wonder if the Labour Party actually finds the white, working class a little bit distasteful, especially “them up north.” They are not PLU’s (People Like Us. Why does the Party have such a fondness for parachuting apparatchiki into constituencies, like Redcar, where they seem to think the locals would vote for a pig’s bladder on a pole, as long as it had a red rosette pinned on it? (Ian Swales proved them wrong in 2010, though.)
I think of all the civil war in Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council Labour group, with councillors being de-selected by the rear echelon. Trying to create a local party in its own image? I think of the new PPC, who is probably a very nice person, but she’s not local. OK, nor was Mo Mowlam. But why the need to parachute someone in? Has she ever done a real job, or has she only taken the apparatchik path? Pressure group/trade union official/assistant to an MP, etc.
Have a careerist day, won’t you!