So he’s gone. Tristram Julian William Hunt, the MP for
his own ego Stoke Central, has resigned his Commons seat. The passionate Blairite, who crossed an official picket line to deliver a lecture on Friedrich Engels, has left so-called ‘frontline politics’ to become Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum. It’s a job that pays handsomely too. How could he pass it up? Curiously, however, I don’t recall seeing it being advertised in the usual papers or on the artsjobsonline website. Nevertheless, the Prime Minister herself is said to have “rubber stamped” it. I guess it helps to have friends in high places to make a little room for you at the top. No?
Tristy succeeded the previous MP, Mark Fisher, in controversial circumstances in 2010. I say “controversial” because he was actually forced down the local party’s throat by the National Executive Committee (it’s also rumoured that the Dark Lord himself intervened on his behalf). One local Labour member was so incensed that he stood against him as an Independent. That’s how the Blair-led party operated back then: they pushed right-wingers, some of them Tory defectors, onto Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) as Parliamentary candidates. They’ll take anyone but socialists. They even accept former UKIP Parliamentary candidates.
Hunt’s resignation follows on from the Christmas Eve resignation of Jamie Reed, the MP for the nuclear power industry. Indeed, one could suggest that Reed has ‘returned to the source’, having worked for British Nuclear Fuels at their Sellafield facility before entering Parliament. The Cat thinks his role at Sellafield will include convincing people that nuclear waste can transform ordinary members of the public into superheroes, meaning everyone can become the equivalent of The Hulk (She Hulk if you’re female) or maybe The Leader if they so choose. Marvellous.
Tristy claimed that being in Parliament was “rewarding but deeply frustrating”. I guess it must have been frustrating to see your ambitions as one of many Blair’s successors slip around the U-bend. But that’s politics. Right?
Since Jeremy Corbyn became party leader, poor Tristy felt he had to wear his Blairism like a crown of thorns. Not only did he cross an official University and College Union picket line at Queen Mary University (some historian, huh?), he believes that museums like the V&A should reintroduce charging visitors. Eh? But he’s taking a job as a… never mind.
In an impassioned address to the Cambridge University Labour Club, he said:
“You are the top one per cent. The Labour Party is in the shit. It is your job and your responsibility to take leadership going forward.”
He’s a proper little social Darwinist, isn’t he?
Tristram Hunt: he died for his party’s sins. Said no one. Ever.
UKIP thinks it has a chance of winning the Stoke Central seat, but The Cat thinks they’re huffing and puffing. If the Constituency Labour Party gets its act together and selects a socialist candidate, there’s no reason why they can’t win this seat.