Archive for the ‘Labour Party’ Category

All political parties enter the conference season with trepidation. Those riding high in the polls are desperate to

(left to right) John McDonnell, Diane Abbott, and Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn

ensure they don’t do or say anything silly, and those at a low ebb eye the opportunity to rally the troops.

And so the Labour Party headed to Brighton – well to be honest – Momentum headed to Brighton, determined to control proceedings in that classic Marxist/Trotskyist fashion. Resolved to crush or hush anyone in the party that was guilty of wrong-think! And my word have they done just that!

Moderate Labour MPs – many of them household names – were banned from the conference floor. Only approved delegates (Momentum speak for those who have been vetted by the hard left faction) were allowed to speak.

Momentum thugs patrolled the floors and fringe corridors with overt malice. Intimidation prevailed everywhere creating an atmosphere I have never before witnessed outside the soviet bloc! The media were pushed around and treated like Trump supporters at an Antifa coffee morning! It was truly horrible and I never want to be in that position again.

BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssburg at the Labour party conference centre, Brighton, with her BBC assigned bodyguard (left)after abuse was directed at her online.

Even journalists who have been loyal to the Labour cause over the years were ripe for intimidation, but the biggest shock was when the BBCs Laura Kuenssberg appeared with a hired bodyguard of some considerable height. Corbyn’s storm troopers denied all accusations of intimidation and blamed the BBC for smearing the cult that is Corbyn-mania!

This article has been limited to a few hundred words so it not possible to list all that was so very, very wrong here in Brighton. Labour’s Jewish groups were made to feel afraid for their safety, moderate female MPs were in a state of shock at the levels of misogyny openly displayed by their own male colleagues. The most important subject of our time “Brexit” was reduced to a “behind the scenes” platitudinous masquerade without minutes or press briefing.

At breakfast this morning, I sat with a well-connected Tory journalist – he was the happiest I’d ever seen him. “What are you so cheerful about?” I asked, and with an unconcealed smugness he replied, “I’ve counted half a dozen moderates who have converted to the cult, the scribblers for the Tory conference next week in Manchester are going to make sure the foul-stinking mud of this week sticks to every Labour moderate from A to f**king Z!”

Perhaps the more accurate headline should read; Fat-Cat business vs. Bloated public sector?

Depending on which side of the political divide you come from, you will get a different answer! Why should that be the case I hear you ask! Well put simply, or dare I say, crudely, the leftists have always favoured state-owned monoliths, over-manning and heavily unionised workforces. After all, if you’ve detested capitalists for the entire history of your party, you’re not going to be comfortable taking hefty donations from fat- cat industrialists who make their profits off the backs of the working class when you can be more virtuous by taking largesse from fat-cat unions who make their profits …. well. !!…. off the backs of the working class actually!! Yes I know, it doesn’t make sense, but that’s just the way it is!

There was a single exception to Labour’s socialist mind-set; Tony Blair! He was “extremely relaxed taking money from the filthy rich!” (His words, not mine!)

With a foot in both camps, he couldn’t fail. Business and industry fell for the snake-oil salesman; Teflon Tony charmed their wallets open and still managed to keep the die-hard unions’ on-side. Of course, it could not last forever, and it didn’t!

That’s why we now have Jeremy Corbyn! The Labour movement were just as deceived as the capitalist bosses, but the hard-left felt the shame hardest. They realised Blair was the most extreme example of greed they had ever witnessed, he would think nothing of forcing your children up a chimney, putting grandparents in the workhouse, privatising the NHS and introducing tuition fees!!

Our NHS – Not really!

How the hard left must loath themselves for allowing themselves to be so gullible and used!

So with the above in mind, it’s hardly surprising that fat-cat private business and industry have scurried back to the Tory party and the bloated public sector has got behind the big-state Marxist Corbyn!

There is now a clear divide between private and public sector!

Perhaps now is a good time to look at the recent history of the conflict.

Whilst there has always been a public sector in our long and proud history, it was mostly confined to our military and civil service, particularly during the growth, and even the demise of our empire. The real change came during the Second World War with the Beveridge report of 1942.

Prior to the Beveridge report, the Liberal party from as far back as the 1830s had pressed for social and working conditions reform in efforts to relieve the burden and improve life expectancy of the poor. All very creditable stuff and slow progress was made. The old age pension and many housing and working conditions acts were forced through parliament, often voted down by the Tories! Not entirely unexpected as during those times they were the landlords and employers who were most likely to take a hit in their profits in all this – turkeys don’t vote for Christmas do they?

This changed everything

But then came the two world wars and through the necessity of national security of means of production and transportation, nationalisation of the railways, mines, utilities and communication, to name but a few, was instigated. It’s worth noting that the United States never nationalised any of these industries yet still managed to win the second world war through industrial might and go on to become a world superpower in military and production terms. However that is a discussion for another day!

In post war Britain, austerity prevailed, whilst the US boomed with the American dream, an abundance of food and luxury goods!

In 1945 Labour won their third general election and enthusiastically adopted the recommendations of the Beveridge report, in effect, the beginning of the welfare state as we know it today. The National Health Service was the most significant, and, as we now know, the most controversial.

Throughout the 1950’s, 60s and seventies, nationalisation and the welfare state – “The Public Sector” – eclipsed the “Private Sector” by swallowing up shipbuilding, car manufacturing and steel production; it was a socialist’s wet dream come true! The unions flexed their muscles and bullied successive governments with unrealistic pay demands, holidays and pension deals. If they couldn’t get what they wanted, they would bring the country to its knees by way of strikes and withdrawal of utilities, in the knowledge that if prolonged, private enterprise would fold and mass unemployment would follow, with the public pointing the finger of blame at the incumbent government! It was a ghastly time to live through.

 

With the major industries in public ownership – the private sector was far smaller and stupendously heavily taxed – the successful and wealthy were a target for high taxation, some of our greatest entrepreneurs were paying over 90% of their earnings to the exchequer. Many fled to the colonies; such as the US, Australia and Canada! The Rolling Stones and Tim Berners-Lee (British inventor of the internet) were just two of what became known as “the brain drain”. The nationalised industries never turned a profit, in fact they consumed eye watering subsidies, the Taxpayers were made to foot the bill. Interest rates and inflation were well into double figures and Britain became known throughout the world as “the sick man of Europe”. In the late seventies the international monetary fund (IMF) were called in by Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson and his chancellor Dennis Healy. Austerity, cuts and pay restraints were inflicted on Britain, in fact they were so severe that Labour Chancellor Dennis Healey cut more in 1 year 78/79 than George Osborne managed to achieve between 2010 to 2015! Just let that sink in!!

Throughout the extensive, uncontrolled growth period of the 1970s, the public sector became infested with socialists who could not see themselves working for private businesses and corporate enterprise! Teachers, nurses, civil servants, the fire service, police and local authorities became the natural home for those idealists who chose to consume profits instead of making them. They simply had no respect or understanding of the private sector, in fact they deliberately did not wish to. It was distasteful and repugnant to them. Public Sector employees had never really experienced a pay and pensions advantage over their Private Sector rivals. In fact, for many years they had been the poor relation, public service was seen as a privilege, a duty by many in those innocent times of need. Income parity was their initial goal and through the powerful union movement during those years of state ownership and intervention of the 1970s Public Sector pay and conditions became the overriding aim of the union barons. It was also during those times that recruitment in that sector began to expand exponentially.

From the early 1980s – under Margaret Thatcher’s stewardship, this direction of travel in the United Kingdom was significantly halted. As soon as the powerful miner’s union was despatched, the whole of the Public Sector became ripe for culling. Margaret Thatcher knew the power of the Public Sector was not because of the size of the trade unions, quite the reverse, the power of the trade unions was because of the size of the public sector! She took an axe to those nationalised utilities and loss making monoliths by selling them off to private investors, either for profit or, more controversially, asset stripping. Her motive was clear, reduce the Public Sector payroll and you starve the union beast of its funding. Yes, it was idealistic, but it was also a logical way to inject cash into the economy and reduce the subsidy burden on the hard pressed taxpayers.

Beating the Miners Union

With deregulation of the city of London’s stock market, Britain became a wealthy, aspirational place to live, many other countries around the world created their own “Big Bang”. Margaret had enacted the capitalist dream and turned it into reality.  The right to buy further turbocharged the consumer market at home, but more importantly created a whole new army of Blue collar, home owning Tory voters.

Anti-union legislation was passed by strong Conservative government after government, benefiting from large majorities and the weak Labour leadership of Michael Foot and Neil Kinnock were powerless to intervene. It was during Margaret Thatcher’s second term of office that Corbyn was elected to Parliament. He was an open sore during Kinnock, Blair and Gordon Brown’s leadership of the Labour Party.

In 1997, Blair and Brown began to expand the public sector. Quangos, Local Authorities and the NHS were just some of the areas stuffed with left leaning acolytes – jobs for the boys – Universities and the media swelled their coffers and ranks with glee, it was the Public Sector and Labour’s equivalent of the “Big Bang” – funded by PFI, stupendously profligate borrowing, uncontrolled consumer growth, deregulation of banking and of course, selling off the gold!

The Public Sector headcount spiralled with health and safety officers, diversity officers, risk assessment managers, community liaison personnel and dozens of non-job box tickers! To hell with potholes and bin collections, those jobs were for the working classes and the Labour party had moved on from those awful, black and white days of class struggles, Blairism was now focussing on the immigrants, in-work benefit subsidies and the Public Sector middle classes for their core vote! They even had the Richard Bransons and Alan Sugars aboard, though they’d prefer to forget the Philip Greens and Fred the Shred (RBS), despite bestowing knighthoods on them.

By 2007 Blair was exposed as a Red Tory – his greed, warmongering and lack of conviction for social justice became his defining legacy – Nevertheless, he’d probably have won a 4th term in 2010 had he been unchallenged. But Gordon Brown had galvanised what remained of the hard left and besides, during their now infamous lunch at the trendy Granita eatery, he had promised Gordon he’d resign during his third term as Prime Minister, all was set for a new wave of Socialism using the now gargantuan Public Sector as their core 30% vote share, plus immigrants (as a result of the Blair years, there were now an extra 3 million of them) all bolstered by a new class of private sector workers who depended on in-work benefits to top up their low wages (low-skilled immigrants had actually forced wages down).

By now the Public Sector had not only surpassed the Private Sector on pay deals, but they had secured index linked

The Gap Widens

pensions, early retirement,  jobs for life and no expense was spared on their working environments! They even enjoyed more holidays, sick leave and maternity benefits. It was a socialist’s utopia and it was still growing. Under Labour, state teachers became gods, local authority employees’ demigods and the NHS a religion!

When the financial crisis struck, Britain was spending 250 billion pounds a year more than it received in revenue, even today that annual deficit is 50 billion pounds, despite 7 years of so-called Tory austerity! Gordon Brown lost the election in 2010, and the newly elected Tory/LibDem coalition government attempted (unsuccessfully) to reign in the profligacy and steer the country towards living within its means. Their only fulfilled pledge was to reduce the public sector headcount by half a million whilst compensating those job losses with one million new private sector positions. This they have achieved, and a little more besides. Local authority funding has reduced in real terms by 40%. Defence and education spending has also seen a squeeze. But unfortunately, health, welfare and overseas aid provision have not been reigned in. There are billions to be shaved of these budgets in efficiency savings whilst improving user’s experiences. But the political will is nowhere to be found, what’s more, the government has failed to increase its majority at the last election, there is no prevailing mood of confidence to address these funding black holes.

At present, the 6 year Public Sector pay freeze is under attack from all sides. As terrorist attacks and the Grenfell tower tragedy thrust our emergency services, NHS and local authorities under the spotlight, a cynical, far left Labour party, led by Marxists Corbyn and McDonnell are politically determined to capitalise on these events, unashamedly grandstanding on the bodies of the victims, supported by their left wing mainstream media colleagues at the BBC, Sky news and Channel 4. Galvanising the gullible public into a blind frenzy, demanding unrealistic Public Sector pay increases despite the fact that the private sector is still lagging behind them in all aspects of pay, pensions, holiday entitlement and working conditions.

So in answer to the title of this article, NO! How can it be fair to boost Public Sector pay when the private sector, which was far more effected by the financial crisis than the Public Sector has still not achieved the parity it deserves.

Under Ed Miliband’s leadership the once mighty Labour Party became nothing more than a protest movement for the militant public sector monilith and

beatles-tribute-band

A Poor Substitute

hopeless welfare claimants. This was bad, very bad – particularly for those die-hards who spent their entire life supporting,  representing or simply depending on this vital parliamentary beacon for the working classes throughout the UK.

But since Jeremy Corbyn seized control, there is now a real possibility that Britain’s second most successful political party will become a sad tribute band, offering incipit, unconvincing impersonations of its former glorious past.

 

2015 Was Labour’s Annus Horribilis – 2016 Will Be Corbyn’s!

LONDON: Since the General Election of 2015, the Labour Party suffered the worst 8 months of its long and varied history. Most notably; losing Scotland to the SNP and then control of the party to the extreme left. Even in the previous dark days of the early eighties – when militant tendency attempted such a coup – things were never as bad as they are now.

The Labour party have no one else to blame but themselves. It became their Annus Horribilis!

Then, early in the New Year Jeremy Corby was forced into a reshuffle after being humiliated by three senior MPs. Hilary Benn was targeted for the axe, yet survived the long, protracted negotiations by promising to toe the party line. He has lost face in all this and will now be seen as more interested in saving his career than being true to his political beliefs.

 

But worse was to come, as Pat McFadden and Michael Dugher fell victim to Corbyn’s wrath. Simply stating the truth in the Labour party will get you terminated. Several more resignations followed, one on live TV as Stephen Doughty announced to Andrew Neil during the Daily Politics show.

Prime Minister’s Question time was only an hour away when Corbyn heard the devastating news, which explained his dreadful performance and lacklustre delivery.

Whilst tightening his grip over the Shadow front bench, the Labour leader has alienated the rest of the party with his cack-handed degradation of two of the party’s most respected and capable politicians. McFadden and Dugher are likely to build a following of excluded moderate MPs looking to exact revenge and even topple the Corbyn dictatorship. During the coming months another of Corbyn’s detractors; Simon Danczuk will be the focus of much media attention. Having disgraced himself by sending lewd texts to a 17 year old job applicant, he has been suspended from the party whip, much to the joy of Corbyn’s devotees. This is the first test of the new hard left regime that sees an opportunity to recall Danczuk and replace him with their preferred candidate, sending a chill throughout the moderate stream in then party.

With the Labour supporting press building against him, and his detractors briefing anyone who’ll listen, 2016 cannot be anything else but the Labour leaders very own, man-made Annus Horribilis!

Leftwing poster-boy Owen Jones has been busy analysing the success of his Marxist cousins in Spain. He’s smitten with Podemos, the ant-austerity, high tax and spend equivalent of Militant Tendency of the 1980’s lead by trade

Syriza and Podremos Leaders United

Syriza and Podemos Leaders United

unionists and thugs.

Jones has a soft spot for the Podemos leader: Pablo Inglesias! He’s particularly impressed by this section of the Spaniards speech;

So if you’re part of Britain’s battered, bruised and demoralised left, you should listen when Iglesias speaks. Last year, he delivered a speech berating the traditional left’s failure to communicate. Leftwing students never spoke to “normal people”, he said, and treated working-class people as though “they were from another planet”, bewildered that they did not respond in the way Marxist textbooks said they should. The enemy, says Iglesias, “wants us small, speaking in a language no one understands, in a minority, hiding behind our traditional symbols”.

Owen Jones Leftwing Activist

Owen Jones Leftwing Activist

Do you get the irony there? Jones is infamous across Twitter for blocking people with opposing views to his own! Yet he’s advising his comrades to get out and talk to “normal people”! – And what’s more, he thinks it’s a good idea!

We can now draw a safe conclusion, if Owen Jones doesn’t listen to his own advice, why the hell should anyone else?

Read Owen’s Ironic article here.

 

How Labour Lost The Election in 2015!

It’s only 3 weeks since the Labour party failed to convince the electorate they were ready to be back in government. So much has already been written – by all sides – as to the reasons for their unexpected failure. Some of the analysis has been eloquent and insightful, but much, especially that from the more left-leaning commentators, has been well wide of the mark.

What do they stand for?

What do they stand for?

Here at The Westminster Wing we have been in deep discussion, and to some extent, competition, trying to come up with the most simple, yet precise analysis as to why Labour failed so miserably. This is the result of our group-think in brief.

Since becoming leader of the Labour party, Ed Miliband had always tried to define himself as the righteous envoy of fairness and social justice (whatever that means!) – His soundbites were abundant and lapped up by the broadcast media. – The Bedroom Tax – The Squeezed Middle – The Left-Behind – The Producers Vs The Predators – the list is endless but there were many more long lists, such as the reasons to spend and borrow, the reasons to stop austerity. The list of benefits from immigration etc.

In fact it was Labour’s shortest list that lost them the election in our view, their list of definable policies, where they would take us on the economy, the EU, foreign policy! – They were never able to articulate these policies simply because they didn’t exist. Even when we thought they might be onto something, another MP or shadow minister would simply dismiss it or disown it. Just a month before the election Labour unraveled under scrutiny and with it their dubious credibility on anything.

In short, Labour lost because they spent most of their time telling us what they were against instead of giving us a clear picture of what they would do in government.

If proof were needed, just look at the current leadership contenders struggling to define themselves and their visions for a new-era Labour party – if they can’t do that, what hope can they possibly have of defining the future of the country?

After a thrilling General Election, the results shocking even the Conservatives, do the Labour Party have a credible replacement?

Finally, 12 days since the resignation of Ed Miliband the roll-call of candidates is complete. The procrastinations of two leadership hopefuls: Chuka Umunna and Tristran Hunt has left just four potential contenders. But, are Yvette Cooper, Mary Creagh, Liz Kendall and Andy Burnham charismatic and intuitive enough to transform a polarised, resentful 20th century political institution into a relevant, mainstream popular brand that was once associated with the phrase “Cool Britannia”?

Do any of these contenders even aspire to attract such a label, or will they be so engaged in the machinations that come with such a demanding role – their inexperience and lack of gravitas will see them descend into the abyss.

Creagh and Kendall are extremely unlikely to go the distance and will almost certainly have to declare for Cooper or Burnham, and there lies the problem. The two remaining candidates have so much baggage they would make Madonna on a world tour look like a backpacker! Burnham is toxic in the eyes of many of the electorate for his shambolic running of the NHS – under his watch there were many avoidable deaths – the Mid-Staffs scandal sticks to Burnham like Liam Byrne’s treasury note, and look how that was used to great effect by Cameron in the short campaign. Burnham – should he become leader, Burnham would quickly come to dread the weekly mauling at PMQs – he would never be able to weaponise the NHS to the same effect as Miliband did. In fact, I would be very surprised if he ever uttered the acronym. That leaves him with a limited attack, especially when you consider he was never seen as a friend of business and finance, so the economy is off topic for him. With Rachel Reeves writing his economic policies they are certain to be weak and muddled. He is unlikely to fare much better on defence, education, homeland security or foreign policy too. In short, he is continuity Miliband in every way.

Labour Leadership Contenders

Where is the real leader?

We now turn our attention to Yvette Cooper, yes the thrusting, ambitious Mrs Balls. Her most notable trait being insincerity. If you don’t believe me, just check-out twitter when she appears on a political discussion program, you’ll see what I mean and fully understand why, as Labour leader, she would contaminate the whole party brand. This would put her majesty’s loyal opposition at a distinct disadvantage from the get-go! On the economy she will be accused of advancing her husbands totally discredited fiscal platitudes. Education would be no better, Mr Balls was schools minister in the last government and that didn’t go too well, Cooper will again be seen as reconstituting Ed Balls’ failed education strategies. Her defence and foreign policy will be associated with Ed Miliband’s disastrous, selfish U-turns on Syria and Lybia.  Ms Cooper was of course shadow home secretary, her tenure has been overshadowed by Teresa May, who has been decisive and strong, especially with the Police Federation, we couldn’t possibly expect that from a Labour Home Secretary.

Without really thinking too strenuously, there is an entire nuclear arsenal available to the Tories should they wish to attack a Labour party led by either of these to candidates. Yet if Kendall or Creagh were to surprise us all and one of them become Labour leader, the credibility factor would take years to build around them, just as it did with Ed Miliband, and of course, there is the danger, just like Miliband, that the public may not like them at all.