General Election – Reflections of a radical lefty

Brexit – Well it now seemingly has huge support as both Labour and Tories were backed to pursue it. What happened to the 48% who voted against Brexit because many of them must have effectively voted for it this time around?

Nick Clegg – Probably for the best that he lost his seat. In many way he was one of the most intelligent and knowledgeable MP in Parliament but because of his poor judgement over tuition fees (he said he would oppose them and did the opposite) he found himself in a place from which there was no return. Indeed, he ended up being blamed for tuition fees when in fact they were brought in by Labour who, in this most recent election, pledged to abolish their own previous policy!

Diane Abbott and Teresa May – They had terrible campaigns, end of. Diane was seemingly incapable of fielding incoming fire whilst submarine commander May kept ducking under the waves to avoid the fire. Has any Prime Minister/Party Leader been so detached from an election campaign before?

Jeremy Corbyn – Well he did not implode as the hostile press said he would, in fact did reasonably well as a 1970’s socialist with a love of nationalisation. Maybe Labour kept sending in Diane Abbott because they knew she would be terrible so taking the pressure of Jeremy? If they did it was a well thought out move.

Ulster Unionists – Oh dear what will become of us now the fate of the Government is probably in their hands? Yes, they will get the blame for supporting the Tories when unpopular things are done but then again on Brexit and Welfare reform the Tories may be relying on Labour backing/abstaining based on recent history. It certainly makes me feel very uncomfortable that our country will in effect be in the hands of a political party which promotes sectarian politics! What’s the chances of it not ending up in tears?

Polarised UK? – Well yes when viewed from some angles but on the biggest issue of the day – Brexit – the Tories and Labour were actually united over pursuing what will inevitably be a disastrous economic process from which the poor will suffer the most.

Pensioners – How many pensioners actually voted Conservative despite their triple lock pensions (brought in by the Lib Dems) being under threat from the Tories? And what about the Conservative’s Dementia tax and their promised cuts to Winter Fuel Allowance? Did some pensioners vote Tory because they still want Brexit at any cost.

Young People – Many voted Labour because of their promise to abolish tuition fees but in doing so they also voted for some Labour MP’s who in effect support the restriction of freedom of movement, via Brexit, which is in no way in the interests of young people. And how on earth did Labour MP Kate Hoey survive? She has been the female bookend to Nigel Farage, representing a constituency which voted heavily (76.6%) against Brexit, yet she was re-elected with a thumping majority?

Tim Farron – He had a decent campaign with the limited exposure he got on TV and radio. He lacks the charisma of Charles Kennedy or Paddy Ashdown but he made a good fist of it.

Conclusion – Not a good election for us radical lefties but then again are they ever? Each time the deck chairs get moved around but the government of the day is always too right wing!

Labour and those with little or nothing whom they have walked away from

richardkemp.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/how-much-do-labour-really-care-about-those-in-poverty/

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:-

www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/oct/12/labour-benefits-tories-labour-rachel-reeves-welfare

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.

Labour – What do they stand for? Will 2016 give a clear answer?

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.

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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.

Tax Credit cuts – Red Tories back the Blue Tories!

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www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34631156

The BBC has the result of Labour’s shame-faced House of Lords vote – see link above

Would you credit it, Labour refused to back a Lib Dem proposal in the House of Lords tonight to kill off the Tories evil Tax Credit cuts.

When Labour had the chance (again!) to back the poor, they backed the Tories instead! Remember they sat on their hands for the Tory’s Welfare Reform Bill a few weeks ago and tonight they are failing to support the poor again.

The best that Labour can seemingly bring themselves to vote for is a weak proposal to defer the Tax Credit cuts; not kill them off but just defer them.

I ask you what’s the point of the Labour Party any more when they can’t do anything but be Tory cheer leaders and appeasers?

Tim Farron – Don’t bleed the poor

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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.