David Blunkett is then quoted sounding off about 'particular groups' - though only one group is mentioned - who use 'these disgraceful, unconstitutional and undemocratic methods'. No evidence is cited, except the opinion of unnamed partisans accusing their political enemies.
Neither Mr Castle nor anyone else connected with the Independent on Sunday contacted Socialist Organiser to find out what we had to say about it. We have not rigged any ballots. We have not 'targetted' David Blunkett: to us he is just one of the ex-socialists on Labour's NEC.
The story, as Castle tells it, simply does not add up. Ballot- rigging to oust Blunkett and others could not serve our goals. We would be naive to think it would speed up the revival of the left, idiots not to know it might lead to scandal and hinder that revival, and fools to think enough ballots could be faked to unseat Blunkett, who came second in the poll.
Editor, Socialist Organiser