Nigel Farage notoriously unresigned as UKIP leader, and now Michael Crick Tweets that
Ukip Chman Paul Oakden tells me of 3 NEC members who "resigned", Victoria Ayling has withdrawn resignation; Mick McGough thinking about itWhen you've resigned from a body, you're no longer a member of it. This just looks like playground antics.
Before you make a public gesture, think. Otherwise, why should anyone ever take you seriously again?
A grown up organisation should tell these two: Sorry, that's it. Goodbye.
Obviously the RMT strike action on Southern isn't about safety. What are guards for? They may check tickets, but even on long distance services that's ineffective after the first intermediate stop: the guard then wanders down the train asking plaintively if any passengers have just joined the train. Any freeloader will just stare at their phone or magazine. So there's no point in the guard doing the whole journey. They become ticket inspectors doing spot checks, which can be effective even on suburban services, where they go right through the train once and then change trains.
The Elizabeth Line is expected to have half a million passengers a day. With those numbers, revenue protection must rely on technology. And if that is cost effective on the Underground, why not elsewhere?
Trains will increasingly be driverless. But technology is unlikely to be able to decide when it's safe to shut train doors. For years, trains on the Victoria Line have been driverless, but a person who happens to sit in the front of the train presses the buttons to open and close the doors. So we may ditch drivers, but retain 'guards'.
A judge decided that Labour members who joined after January should be able to vote for a new leader, as that's what they were told when they joined.
It seems to be mainly political commentators who clamour that the law should not interfere with political parties' arrangements.
But the judge didn't make his decision on the basis of what seemed fair; he said it was a breach of contract. Quite right. If a personal finance company changed its terms retrospectively like this, they would be guilty of mis-selling. So was the Labour party.
Political parties set themselves up as worthy to make laws for other people. Any party must therefore act legally. It's not up to them whether they obey the law or not, and if they don't, the courts must hold them to account.
This mess is entirely of Labour's own making, whether it was caused by arrogance or by stupidity.