An announcement and some thanks.

I am delighted to state that I have now completed the much-needed surgery to remove my gallbladder and am recovering at home.

I would personally like to give my sincerest thanks to the nursing staff at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for treating me when I was at my most critical (not to mention saving my life) and Mr. Rhodes and his surgical team for so effectively and efficiently performing the cholesystectomy earlier today. I would also like to give a special mention to the senior doctor at Lewisham Hospital who made sure I was fit enough to return to East Anglia where I could be better looked after.

I am currently taking medications to recover and aim to be back in London and active in 5 days when the swelling and wounds have died down.

As always, I want to thank everyone who has supported me and have been an enormous help through all this.

Again, thankyou ever so much,



Juvenile behavior and tabloid politics

I’m sure there are many in the Labour Party who would consider Derek Draper a “prat”. In fact, I’m certain many would have more colourful descriptions for him. If today’s latest scandal is anything to go by, I think many more will be using the latter to describe him.

It’s very, very rare that I ever launch personal judgement on anybody, especially senior party members I know nothing about, but in Draper’s case I will make an exception. Seems I’m not alone either – Labourhome lead with a call for McBride and Draper to resign and judging by the blantantly pathetic, weasel-word-filled excusing message Draper has posted on LabourList today, I doubt the opinion of him will go any lower (but I could easily be proved wrong).

Not that my opinion as the humble student blogger matters that much in the higher ranks of the Labour Party, but I believe that Draper’s juvelile hatred of Guido/Paul Staines has caused him to bring yet another damaging scandal, and at the worst time! Right before the European Elections, thanks. If Draper cannot rid himself of the Guido obsession, I would suggest he takes his fight elsewhere and not somewhere the Labour Party are affected by every juvenile action he takes. But I don’t hold my breath.