It’s been a week now since the Labour Party Conference 2016 and I am still unclear about what Socialism for the 21st Century actually means. Socialism for the 21st Century is more than just this Sound Bite and Socialism is not just about being nice to everybody Mr Corbyn: it’s a system of Economics. Socialism does have the end result of being nicer and a whole lot fairer than Capitalism but that is only as a result of having real socialist policies to back it up. I just get the feeling that JeremyCorbyn’s interpretation of Socialism is just the end result without implementing the system to actually make it happen. Up to now and perhaps for sometime to come I will continue to support Mr Corbyn as the most viable left wing candidate but my support is not blind and there are limits. For me the limit is when I think and believe that Mr Corbyn cannot deliver a proper version of Socialism for the Labour Party backed up by an economic strategy to match the ideology. That time is getting close with this new development and lack of understanding shown by Mr Corbyn and his team who seem to have resorted to dropping in Sound Bites instead of real policy.
Is Mr Corbyn’s idea of Socialism just another Blair Style interpretation?
Jeremy Corbyn needs to understand that he cannot have the ideology and ambitions of Socialism without having some resemblance to an economic and fiscal policy that resembles in some way the ideas of Sidney Webb who introduced the concept of socialism to the Labour Party with an introduction of Clause IV as a part of its Constitution. It was only at this point that the Labour Movement actually became a Socialist Movement. Recent Labour Party administrations have attempted to retain the ideology of socialism and abandon the commitment to Clause IV and it’s economic and fiscal systems which it implies. Most notably Tony Blair but what you got in return was a watered down version of Socialism with an unstable fiscal policy and economic approach. This smoke and mirrors approach to Socialism is no longer viable because more often than not it ends up with a government which has lofty ambitions and ideals without any means to fund it’s ambitions. This, as we saw in the case of Blair / Brown, led to out of control public borrowing which eventually leads to a form of bankruptcy.
Continue reading You cannot just take the Ideology out of Socialism Mr Corbyn: it’s a system of Economics
Even from beyond the grave ‘the Iron Lady’ still retains her grip on British politics. Nothing much has changed: well nothing radical in politics since the days of Margaret Thatcher and Britain seems either unwilling or unable to move on from the grip of Thatcher’s snatch and grab politics. Nothing much has changed even despite the interim Labour Government that ended her reign. Despite this her legacy lives on which was the end of socialism in Britain. This position was aided and abetted somewhat by the weak, poor excuse for a Labour Government of Blair/ Brown whose government actually changed very little because it had sold out on the Labour’s Party’s principles well before it actually got elected.
So why has the face of British Politics changed so little since the reign of Margaret Thatcher and in whose interests is this? Why do I get the feeling that she is still in control even from her grave? To my mind Margaret Thatcher and Adolf Hitler have got a lot in common. They have been the most divisive and right wing politicians in Europe of the last century but there the similarities end because The German Nation was quick to understand that after defeat in the War and the demise of Adolf Hitler it realised that it needed a new set of guiding values, principles and legislation. The old Germany of Hitler did not persist under new subsequent regimes. Germany had to re-invent itself and put right the wrong doing of those times and move forward. Conversely so for the U.K where the policies of a much despised premier have persisted outside her time in office through; a change in Tory Prime Minister, throughout a so called Opposition Government in office and well into the David Cameron years. In fact with Theresa May we can virtually guarantee that we basically get more of the same Thatcherite Policies. So what is it about our nation that makes us such suckers for this kind of grotesque punishment. Why can’t we learn harsh lessons from the past and move on in the same way the German’s did revoking the legislation that was immoral, covetous, harmful and divisive.
Continue reading Thatcher’s Snatch
On 26th August 2016 Stephen Bear won Celebrity Big Brother showing the world that the U.K. celebrates and rewards bad behaviour, selfishness and a lack of self-control. Yobos rule and now it’s official! So this is what it’s come to here in the U.K. This is the type of role model we want and reward is it? Lets crown him the King of the New Pointless Generation whose values are simply their own ego, self-promoting arrogance, ignorance, gang culture, lack of morality and stupidity. Are these the qualities that we wish to celebrate well it would seem so?
Continue reading Yobos Rule O.K. It’s official !
Yes these are hard times! The austerity programme is really biting but does it really have to be this hard? I get the feeling that the budget deficit is being used by the Tories to achieve what they never ever thought was possible: the end to public spending. This is something that Margaret Thatcher only dreamed about. The deficit has allowed the Tories to do, carte blanche, what they only ever dreamed of doing in the past. They now need no excuse to mask their twisted ambition and they can now claim to be doing their very dirty business under the guise that they are only doing it only for the public good.
Continue reading Hard Times made even harder by the Tories
I am currently in the process of writing 2 further articles about how Margaret Thatcher and her government betrayed the people of Britain by selling off cheap the railways and utilities in a move designed to rob the public of their true value and why these actions have never been challenged either legally or morally. The second of these articles is designed as an Article and Petition to persuade the Labour Party that there is a real need to re-affirm a commitment to Clause IV of the Labour Party Constitution either in part or in full.
Yes you have read it correctly it is not a spelling mistake. The Labour Party really needs to expel the effluent and flatulence of the Blair legacy. It needs to purge itself of this effluent and flatulence that it developed when it sat to the right, gorging itself, at the same privileged table that was also occupied by the Tories. The bloating that the Party received under Tony Blair’s leadership is still constraining and constipating the Party. It is now misshapen and bloated and un-recognizable as a Labour Party. It needs to expel as waste the Tony Blair and Gordon Brown years. Indeed Labour would have done better not to have held office under Blair and the conditions he set out for the Party, instead it would have done better to hang onto it’s principles and wait for the right moment in time when it could have assumed power unconditionally without the need to sell out on all it’s principles. What we have now is a Labour Party without a proper set of values and principles. This is a distorted Labour Party that does not even recognise itself in the mirror anymore and it is unsure to whom it appeals or who it represents. Traditional values are gone and it lacks any socialist soul anymore. Labour now needs desperately to find a set of values with a re-instatement of Clause IV as a part of its current constitution. It needs to regain it’s socialist soul and purge itself of the influence and history of Tony Blair.
Why is Jeremy Corbyn so important to Labour Party Supporters?
Continue reading Lets consign Tony Blair to the Anus of Labour Party History
In my opinion the word fairness has no place in any sentence which mentions or is related to the Tories. However I watched Theresa May deliver her opening gambit on 13/07/16 when she accepted the role of Prime Minister and Conservative Party Leader outside No 10 Downing Street. Splattered all over this speech were the words ‘fair’, ‘fairness’ and ‘caring’ in an attempt to convince us that her new government will adopt these concepts and somehow be more compassionate and more caring than the previous administration. This speech was so constipated with the word ‘fair’ that if it had been written for the internet it would have been penalised by Google for having been utterly cluttered up with a glut of keywords and would have received an accordingly low page ranking. The speech left me thinking about whether or not any Conservative Government leave alone this one could deliver Theresa May’s promises of ‘a fairer Britain’ and ‘fairness for all’ these ideas and catchphrases that so littered this Prime Ministers opening speech outside No 10 Downing Street as she assumed office.
The Metamorphosis of Theresa May
Continue reading Can Theresa May really deliver a ‘fairer Britain’?
Well in my opinion it probably is! Theresa May is certainly a very canny politician and her appointment of Boris Johnson into her new cabinet should have come as no real surprise. In fact I was baffled to see so many people who did not see this kind of appointment coming. In my opinion its a case for Ms May of keep your friends close but your enemies closer. Despite having been stitched right up by Michael Gove in the leadership contest which may, in the run of time, have proved to be only a small set-back in Mr Johnson’s ambitions to be leader: casting him into political wilderness it certainly did not achieve because in some respects there was a great deal of sympathy for Mr Johnson being seen as a victim at the hands of “Mr Nasty”. Many in fact did not blame Boris Johnson at all whereas Mr Gove certainly did seem to come off the worst, paying the price after his predictable return to his intrinsic personality. Now Mr Gove has himself become the victim to his own personality: just deserves having been served.
Boris the Annoying Fly
Continue reading Is this the end for Boris Johnson?
Welcome to Hey You-Have My Say -a political blog and more. This is essentially a left-wing political Blog dedicated to my opinions on politics, public affairs, music, bad haircuts in Hull, good food and recipes. It gets it off my chest and hopefully will keep me sane! These are my opinions sometimes a light-hearted look at politics and public affairs. Of special interest and importance to me is the reinstatement of a working Clause IV back into the Labour Party Constitution.