Labour – Distancing themselves from Corbyn & their leadership’s backing for Brexit

You know when a political party is struggling at a very local level due to the unpopular actions of their leader because they put out leaflets like the one above that has recently been circulated in a Derbyshire ward.

Of course we’ve been here before – Thatcher at her worst became a local elections liability for the Tories, likewise Blair (over Iraq) and indeed Brown at times for Labour and of course the Lib Dem’s Clegg following his Tuition Fees U-turn.

Cable – I’m really warming to him – Quite the old radical when I thought he would not be

www.independent.co.uk/voices/vince-cable-brexit-white-nigel-farage-nostalgia-lib-dem-ukip-immigration-racist-a8251966.html

The Independent has an interesting opinion piece on Vince Cable and his recent controversial but spot on analysis of many Brexit voters.

Cable certainly hit some raw nerves on the right and indeed on the right wing of the left too if you get my drift. That Bluekippers would get upset is a given but Cable also made some of what Labour calls its working class vote uncomfortable too. Many of Labour’s core voters are often right wingers in reality even though their tribal instinct is to vote Labour. What’s more many of them are Brexit supporters and as an old Labour Party member and trade union colleague of mine once said to me many years ago – there’s more racists in the Labour Party than there are in the Tory Party – or words to that effect. No wonder Cable’s commentary on the EU Referendum got a reaction!

On a wider perspective, I must say I am really warming to Cable. I feared he would be a moderate centrist but he’s hitting a lot of quite radical notes for me, not least in calling out Corbyn for his regressive approach to the EU and his backing of Brexit. This quote sums up Cable’s radical agenda:-

‘Corbyn lets down the people he claims to defend. You can’t speak up for the poor and be complicit in making us poorer, claim to love the NHS knowing that Brexit will starve it of cash, be an advocate for workers’ rights and stand by while we leave the EU, which protects workers.’

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Brexit – May(hem) is determined to push the UK over the edge

Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron says “Now we know what Theresa May’s Brexit looks like and it’s not pretty.

The Government is pushing for a destructive hard Brexit with the UK leaving the single market. It will be a disaster for jobs, our economy and for public services.

The sad fact is, this speech could have been written by Peter Bone, delivered by Nigel Farage and will no doubt be cheered on by Jeremy Corbyn.

We – the Liberal Democrats are the only party that will oppose this Conservative Brexit Government.”

And here in The Guardian the Lib Dem Leader savages Mrs May(hem)

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/17/leave-remain-theresa-may-single-market-brexit-liberal-democrats

Tim is fast becoming a hate figure for the Tory/UKIP/Labour Alliance because he is standing up to them and their joint determination to push the UK economy over the edge. Come and join the Lib Dems as we fight the battle that Labour can’t be bothered to fight!

With thanks to Roy Connell for his contribution to this posting.

BBC – Labour’s week: Fear and loathing in SW1

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34878766

For those interested in how political parties work and clearly at times don’t work the link above takes you to a thoughtful piece by Iain Watson on the BBC web site.

Who is going to win the battle for Labour’s soul? The membership that backs overwhelmingly backs new Leader Jeremy Corbyn or the 90% of his MP’s who don’t back him. Ignoring my own anti-Labour bias this is a fascinating battle much of which is being played out day after day in broad day light. Just imagine what the exchanges are like behind the scenes!

Thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this story.

Women in politics – Jen Robertson checks out Caron Lindsay

On the subject of women in politics, which I am, there’s a Lib Dem who seems to be making very good sense – see link below to Lib Dem Voice:-

www.libdemvoice.org/its-the-tories-stoopid-47434.html

I read a few of her other blogs and she seems to have a better head on her shoulders than many far more well known politicians.

“When we disagree, and there’s plenty of potential for that when it comes to the economy and foreign affairs particularly, we should do so by highlighting our liberal values rather than demonising Corbyn.

The SNP needs to do more than get the popcorn & plan Indpendence referendum II, Labour needs to give up habit of a lifetime & quit the toxic factional in-fighting, sense of entitlement to power and tribal hatred of anyone who isn’t them.

As for the Liberal Democrats, we just need to make sure that we are authentically and instinctively liberal in our responses to things. We should not be painstakingly calculating which centimetres of space we should be inhabiting on the political spectrum. We should be boldly advancing a radical and reforming liberal agenda, tackling vested interests wherever we find them. If we can avoid phrases like the meaningless centre ground, then so much the better.”

Somebody put that woman on a policy panel!

Guest Posting by Jen Robertson – Stella Creasy checked out

First an article in the New Statesman – see link below:-

www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/08/stella-creasy-rages-against-political-machine-can-she-break-it

The more I read about this woman the more I seem to like her. Labour’s mistake in their Leadership election wasn’t electing Corbyn, I think it was not electing her. She’d have been a good foil to him (whatever you think of him it is a little dispiriting to see yet another political party being run by middle aged men) and a sign the party was actually going to take women seriously.

A Creasy quote:-

“We can’t afford to waste anyone in the Labour party,” she says. “Most of my adult life in the Labour party it has been Brownite, Blairite, Trot. . . It’s a machine on all sides, that says ‘unless you can conform to our gang, we’re not interested in working with you’. That has got to stop.” – have you ever seen anyone in Labour see their major problem so clearly and cite it so honestly?

Her comments about working on specific issues you believe in with anyone who will work with you is so counter to how I normally see Labour as operating and so much more how these things should work. I don’t agree with her on everything (but then we are sat in different political camps so no big surprise there) but she would have been a wonderful break from the Old Boys Club Labour struggles to escape from.

I also feel Corbyn would have had an easier job selling that cabinet with someone at his side who has such clear and uncompromising passion when it comes to fighting for women’s rights. What really angered me about that cabinet though wasn’t the potential sexism of his choices but that the press didn’t really care if the cabinet was sexist or not, it was just a convenient stick to beat Corbyn with which devalues the very serious, very real, issues that women face in politics.

Tony’s Editors Note:-

The quote above “Most of my adult life in the Labour party it has been Brownite, Blairite, Trot. . . It’s a machine on all sides, that says ‘unless you can conform to our gang, we’re not interested in working with you.” could have been written by me as an observer of the Labour Party in action on Merseyside. Factions that seem to hate each other more than the Tories, tribal beyond belief and ruling clans who guard their fortress walls against all internal Labour members unless they have pledged allegiance to the clan in blood I assume.