Another weekend spent in Glasgow - my annual trip to enjoy the strange delights of the Tectonics Festival. I will report on that under 'Perambulations, etc.' Suffice to say the music (the word is not always appropriate) is of limited appeal, but for those of us who occasionally enjoy a bit of creative noise this festival is of global significance. Much of it will be broadcast over the coming weeks on BBC Radio 3's Saturday night contemporary music programme 'Hear and Now.'
I see on Skwawkbox that a petition has been got up, now with 11,000 signatories, seeking to get the 20 or so right-wing Labour parliamentary opponents of Jeremy Corbyn to shut up. This is a worthy ambition but I won't be signing it. Whilst the likes of Chris Leslie, John Mann and others enjoy finding new ways of media 'dogpiling' (a new word I read about in today's Guardian) on poor old Jez, there shouldn't be some crackdown on people espousing their discordant views on the party's leadership. As one of the first MPs in 2009 to publicly suggest Gordon Brown's removal (and replacement with Ed Miliband) I would be hypocritical to join with those urging a crackdown (and hint hint deselection) of Corbyn's critics, no matter how annoying they are. I hate all this personality cult stuff in politics. As Tony Benn (not one for cultivating a personality cult himself, of course) might say, we should focus our attention on the 'ishues.' And if I recall, after the 2010 general election, Gordon Brown himself said that Labour possibly lost and extra 30-40 seats because of his leadership. Humble pie too often follows hubris.