‘A Changed Labour Party’ as Kier Starmer likes to call it, pursueing electoral credibility but at what cost to policies? Sir Kier Starmer keeps dropping in phrases about the Labour Party’s electoral credibility but what is unclear about his focus on this issue is the cost to the Labour Party’s policies and ambitions.
The last time we saw ‘A changed Labour Party’ was that of Tony Blair: and what a disaster that was
The last time we saw ‘A Changed Labour Party’ was that of Tony Blair’s ‘New Labour’: and what a disaster that was. So is Starmer wanting to take Labour back to the uninspiring and instantly forgettable Tony Blair years? Well on the face of it it would appear to be so. So even though the Tories are gifting the next General Election to Labour, nervous Starmer still seems intent on watering the Labour Party policies down to worthlessness.
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Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng delivered a mini budget unfit to purpose by giving away a large slice of the government’s current income to rely heavily on borrowing instead. Cuts in government income and National Insurance is sure to have an impact on this government’s abilities to deliver on previous promises of improvements to the NHS and the seemingly forgotten pledge of ‘ levelling-up’. What’s also gone from the mandate of which this government was elected to do is the commitment to ‘Net Zero’ by scrapping or postponing the funding which was set aside to do this. So on almost all mandates from the 2019 Conservative Election Manifesto they have broken almost every Election Pledge. This goes to show that the Tories can’t be trusted to deliver.
Trickle Down Economics doesn’t work
Now Kwarteng is gambling with the economy. He has tried to convince us that he is a genius but instead he has shown that he has only a rudimentary grasp of economics. His most recent attempt shows that he can master smoke and mirrors. The majority of us in the UK will receive a mere 1 penny in the pound amounting to 2 bars of soap and a litre of milk over the course of a month and we are supposed to be grateful for that: whilst the rich benefit disproportionately. This is another attempt to install a failed economic theory first tried out by Margaret Thatcher. It didn’t work then and it won’t work now. It’s not a new idea it’s a rehash of Thatcherism. Trickle down economics doesn’t work. All it does is increase the divide between the rich and the poor and opens the door for the richest to exploit the poorest with unemployment and wage slashing.
To achieve this Kwarteng has sacrificed the government’s income and instead has reverted to borrowing to keep the County afloat. This equates to a situation of being afloat in the middle of the ocean in a boat full of holes which is sinking, whilst sending out a Mayday call to the Super Rich to come and rescue us. I doubt there will be much interest as the Rich will just remain at home counting their increased riches which this mini budget has so kindly laid at their doorstep.
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What should the Labour Party do now following election defeat and a change in leadership? Quite simply the Labour Party needs to remain calm and stop itself from having inner doubts. It needs to avoid self doubt and sweeping changes to it’s policies. The Labour Party should be reminding itself that the last General Election was fought and won on a single issue, that of Brexit. The last election was not an election about policies or real politics: it was simply fought as a right wing agenda of getting Brexit done and past the winning post, which had been stalling for many months under the governance of the Tories. This single agenda election polarised the electorate or basically turned off voters and put them in a state of apathy.
With election defeat it has unquestionably left the many withbthe feeling about ‘ what should the Labour Party do to be more electable and bring back voters?’. In the last General Election the Labour Party was unable to define a credible policy about Brexit and failed to get voters on board to the idea of having further ballots. So sick of the idea that Brexit should take up any more time, ideas of perhaps putting any further debate back to voters was a turn off for most voters who simply wanted a conclusion and end to debate. There was little scrutiny of any other policies going on in this election: so Labour can rest assured it didn’t loose the election because of it’s policies.
Continue reading What should the Labour Party do now? Nothing!
It’s pretty unpleasant to find that you have been scammed but face the facts the Tories won the election with a weak hand, a bluff and the Trump Card of Brexit. They have been elected with the biggest bluff ever seen in British politics and you have all bought into it. Comparison between what the Tories have offered you to what was on offer from the Labour Party you might actually have grounds to believe that you have actually been scammed by the Tories. So let’s compare what you would have got under a Labour government to what you will get from the Tories and you will have to admit that you have been scammed and sold yourselves off very cheaply in order to get Brexit done.
The Tories were holding the Trump Card of Brexit
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Alan Johnson could not wait to put the knife into Corbyn could he? No sooner had the Exit Poll been declared and he is there with his snide remarks and calls for a resignation. He really is a snide and insidious cuckoo. Well what do you expect from a person who hasn’t even got the guts to admit that he is actually a Tory anyway. Resentful of the fact that the Labour Party has actually become a true Labour Party again under Corbyn, Johnson sees fit to attempt to steer the Labour Party towards becoming a watered down version of the Tories again. Hopefully that will never happen again. Under the likes of Blair and Johnson the Labour Party simply frittered away it’s chances of doing any good or having a lasting and memorable legacy for the time it spent in office. It postured about claiming to be a socialist party whilst in truth it had more in common with the Conservatives. Johnson is a has been and needs to switch to the political party that he has most in common with now and that would be the Tories. Hopefully Labour will not loose sight of it’s key values as it did under the stewardship of the likes of Blair and Johnson. Even in defeat Labour should stick to it’s key principles and we should be thanking Jeremy Corbyn for doing that. Even if there were to be a change of leadership then the Labour Party should stick with it’s core principles and not be misled by the likes of a cuckoo like Johnson.
The Labour Party has not lost it’s way: the electorate has
This election was lost on Brexit and because of Brexit and nothing else. The principles and the policies that Labour put in front of the electorate were sound and different from their rivals as they needed to be. Its not that Labour has lost it’s way: the electorate has. Seats that would have been Labour’s traditionally have been persuaded to become Tory seats because of Brexit. Leadership and policies simply had no part to play in this election. 5 more years of Tory abuse and the possibility of a massive economic collapse might be what is needed to bring voters back to reality and to stop them seeing the Tories through rose tinted glasses. After such a point in time the electorate may actually come to realise that it is policy that matters and not personality nor Brexit. At such a point in time Labour’s policies may come to have relevance to the voters. What Labour must avoid is the mistakes of the likes of Blair and Johnson who simply changed to suit the voters in order to obtain power and sacrificed key principles and socialist credence in order to do that. Labour should stick with it’s manifesto and wait for the disillusionment of the voters and allow them to come and seek them out as the next viable alternative to the abuse of Tory power. Besides which what’s the point in fighting like with like as did Blair and Johnson? History has proved that Labour under Blair was inconsequential as is Johnson now. Keep your opinions to yourself or join a party more in line with your beliefs.
Is it just me or have people also already realised that the PM Boris Johnson has just shot himself in the foot through his reaction and statements regarding the leaked Government documents that Jeremy Corbyn presented to last night’s debate. Johnson’s statement regarding the leaked documents and suggestions that an investigation is needed to address possible Russian involvement basically lends authenticity to the documents which suggest that the NHS is at risk from dealings with the USA in possible future trade negotiations. This is in conflict with previous statements made by Johnson in which he claims that this is not the case and untrue. So it appears that the NHS could be at risk in future trade negotiations with the USA. Johnson has denied this but his reaction to the leak has also given authenticity to Jeremy Corbyn’s claims that this is the case. If the documents were fake then why would he be bothered at all?
Labour’s plans are being referred to as radical socialism but that is misleading because it is simply about getting a fairer Britain, putting an end to poverty and exploitation. Labour’s plans are not radical socialism they are a new path for Britain: a set of fresh ideas to tackle Britain’s problems including Brexit. Firstly who is actually calling it radical socialism: that would be the Press which actually has a vested interest to attack socialism because mostly all the press in this country is owned by greedy Tory supporting capitalists owners with a vested interest to discredit new ideas to tackle Britain’s problems and curtail and limit the ambitions of the working classes. You think that ‘The Sun’ newspaper for example supports you when in actual fact it is taking the piss out of you by pretending to represent your interests when in actual fact it is attacking and discrediting working class institutions designed to benefit and help the working class. Do yourself and favour read this article and come to your senses and stop believing all the rubbish and lies and misinformation that these newspapers spread. Labour are actually offering the most logical solutions to Britain’s problems including Brexit.
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‘Let’s get Brexit done’ the General Election 2019 mantra from the Tories is just an attempt to dumb down the General Election 2019 into a single issue election. The reason they are doing this is primarily to avoid scrutiny of the key areas where the Tories have let down the British people whilst they have been in government and that amounts to every single area of policy. The Tories have failed Britain whilst in government in every single way possible. It was the Tories under Cameron that introduced this whole debacle. Now they are attempting to avoid proper scrutiny of their miserable failings by attempting to bring this General election down to a single issue Election. Don’t let them get away with it. The Tories should be held accountable for their miserable performance whilst in government by stating very clearly that we don’t want them back in power. Let’s get Brexit done should really be interpreted as let’s get Brexit dumb.
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Get Brexit done is the new Tory mantra in the run up to the forthcoming General Election but why should we trust them when so far they haven’t accomplished anything at all. Let’s not forget that Brexit and the EU referendum was their idea. Since then all the Tories have accomplished is 3 changes of Leadership: 3 Tory Prime Ministers and nothing at all to show for it other than a stream of incompetences.