The story is on Richard Kemp’s blog site accessible via the link above
Richard and I have our differences as free thinking Liberals but I think he has really hit the nail on the head here with regard to Labour all but abandoning the poor.
For me it started back in 2013 when Labour MP’s began to seriously get behind welfare cuts. The Guardian newspaper link below gives the detail:-
It was a starting point from which Labour has not really backtracked even under its supposedly socialist leadership as Richard Kemp details.
For me the big issue of recent times has been Labour’s reversal of policy to back Brexit. What on earth made them do this when they know that Brexit will hurt us all but the poor and disadvantaged the most beats me. If that’s not abandoning those with little or nothing I don’t know what is.
The best you can say about the modern Labour Party is that it sees itself as the political party of those who have something but not of those who have nothing. Is there any wonder that UKIP tried to fill the void vacated by Labour with their racist propaganda.
And if you don’t believe me just take the time to read Richards blog because it shows only too clearly how in Parliament Labour has been walking away from those with little or nothing.
The bottom line for me is that we can’t call ourselves a civilised society when our two major political parties are in effect vying for who can cut those with nothing adrift most ruthlessly.
Bootle Crest. This version is fixed to the wall of the Council Chamber in Bootle Town Hall.
The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above
Quote from the Echo article – ‘More people are struggling to pay their debts in Bootle than anywhere else in the north west.
New research reveals the scale of the debt crisis facing the town, which has the fifth highest levels of insolvency in Britain’.
Debt must be up there with poor health (indeed it is a significant cause of ill health) as being a blight on the lives of people. Many politicians have tried to fix the position of the poor, because debt and poverty go hand in hand, but still our society has a significant proportion of it where poverty is an everyday thing.
Our welfare system designed by William Beveridge (and tinkered with by government after government) forms the basis of the safety net to assist those with little yet problems of poverty still persist. Maybe it’s time for a new war on poverty as it will always fuel debt.
Here’s what Beveridge was trying to do, all be it in the first half of the last century:-
Surely poverty is the greatest social challenge to the UK yet no prominent politician has obviously led a campaign to address it in recent times. Indeed, it was not so long ago that senior politicians in the Labour Party were all but falling in behind the Tories in attacking the poor in an attempt to gain votes from the middle classes. And of course even some Liberals (what would Beveridge have thought of them?) were sucked into what almost became a shameful mainstream political movement against those on welfare.
The longer that poverty and causes and consequences of it are political no go areas for major party politicians the more the poor will be exploited by UKIP and the the far right for their own purposes. It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee all you supposedly progressive politicians, especially those of you who take far too much notice of the rabid right wing press.
Jeremy Corbyn is Vice President of CND yet he asked his MP’s to abstain in a House of Commons vote to get rid of Trident.
Labour said they wanted to stop the Chancellor’s tax Credit cuts yet they would only vote for the cuts to be deferred in the House of Lords.
Labour sat on their hands and abstained over the Tories Welfare Bill in the House of Commons.
All of this happened in 2015.
Of course you have to put all this context because 90% of Corbyn’s MP’s don’t support him, want him out and are trying to undermine him. But on the other hand 70% of Labour’s members do support him. No wonder Labour does not know what to do.
The Labour opposition in the House of Commons is letting the Tories off with murder because they are spending most of their time stabbing each other in the back.
This is powerful but very clear message. You will notice which Labour Party leadership contender is missing from their line up i.e Jeremy Corbyn as he voted, like our local MP’s John Pugh (Lib Dem) and Peter Dowd (Lab), against the Conservative’s Welfare Bill.
The Borough has 3 MP’s, they are John Pugh (Lib Dem – Southport), Bill Esterson (Labour – Sefton Central) & Peter Dowd (Labour – Bootle).
John Pugh voted with his Lib Dem colleagues to oppose the Tories appalling attack on the poor.
Bill Esterson voted the Labour Party line by abstaining.
Peter Dowd voted against his Party’s whip i.e. the same way as John Pugh.