I seriously doubt that Labour now has more than 150,000 voting members - that is, members not more than six months in arrears with their subs. The big donors are running away, since the exposure of the cash-for-coronets scandal, and it's looking increasingly likely that Labour are set to become a minority fringe party funded by the Co-op and the Unite union.
So, what to do in a democracy when no-one likes you, people don't want to join your party, no-one will donate their money to you and your party is on the verge of bankruptcy? Apart from accept the will of the electorate and fade way, of course.
Why, dip your thieving hands even deeper into our taxes! If you're James Purnell, that is.
The answer Mr Purnell is over my dead body. I am a moderate chap, but any attempt to alter the current Bill to include State funding for your dying, corrupt little party will bring me out onto the streets in real fury. I am prepared to break the law on this issue.