Liverpool – All Out Labour War on City Council

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

Loyalty within the Labour Party to the Labour Party is everything so public dust-ups like this are reasonably rare. But when things do boil over then all bets are off as the factions go for each others throats so to speak.

That Liverpool City Council is in crisis at both an executive officer and elected representative level is a given but who can sort things out and stop matters spiraling out of control altogether?

Everton – What on earth was Joe Anderson up to?

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

For an elected Mayor of anywhere to call for a police investigation into a footballer being transferred strikes me as being utterly bizarre.

Merseyrail’s RMT dispute and the two Mayors as Labour starts to duff itself up over DOO

Merseyrail’s new Stadler Trains, to be delivered in a couple of years time, are at the heart of the dispute about driver only operated trains.

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site

Yes OK it’s an issue I have covered many, many times in recent months but this is a new angle. It shows how figures within the Labour Party are at odds with each other over the Driver Only Operated (DOO) trains that are coming to the Merseyrail network with the new Stadler rolling stock.

In essence the Echo article is one where the RMT union is accusing the two Labour Mayors of Liverpool (Joe Anderson) and Liverpool City Region (Steve Rotherham) of siding with private sector train operating company Merseyrail when the RMT quite obviously feels the Mayors should be siding with RMT.

Well you might say, that’s a statement of the blinding obvious but hang on a minute. I’ve pointed out before that in reality Merseyrail are only in effect a front for this dispute as it was created by Merseytravel the public sector transport committee of the Liverpool City Region which has a huge Labour majority. It was Merseytravel who approved the purchase of the new Stadler trains which can/will run without train guards. Merseyrail were simply told to get on with it after Merseytravel had thrown the fire cracker into their relationship with the RMT guards that Merseyrail employ. Yes Merseyrail have been loyal and taken on the dispute but let’s not forget where the dispute with RMT was created – at Merseytravel.

So you could say Labour backs DOO on Merseytravel Committee, RMT a Labour supporting union opposes DOO and our two Labour Mayors are caught in the middle being in effect accused by the RMT of backing DOO by the back door.

Liverpool City Region – Mayoral dust-up

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

It seems to have been rather obvious for a while now that Anderson and Rotherham have a problem with each other; one is the elected Mayor of Liverpool the other the elected Mayor of Merseyside. The other obvious question is why because they both come from the same political party – Labour.

It strikes me that the mayoral quarreling, as described by the Liverpool Echo article, is not going to be in the interests of Merseyside and the Liverpool City Region.

If they were from differing political parties you could almost understand it and you would expect some friction but they are not.

Do we need an elected referee now?

Labour – City Mayor and would be Mersey Mayor having a little local difficulty!

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

You just never used to see this; Labour was if nothing else a sealed unit when it came to internal disagreements especially here on Merseyside.

But what started off in Maghull, with more council resignations than you could count as Labour folk kicked lumps out of each other over a 5 year period, then recently spread to Prescot where more internal fall-outs have been taking place I understand. Now, at the very highest level on Merseyside, we see Liverpool’s top Labour man attacking in public the Labour chap who wants to be our first ever Mersey Metro Mayor.

It seems to me that Labour’s almost legendary internal discipline must have all but broken down. Maybe this is symptomatic of the very real internal struggles that Labour is going through nationally? Whatever the case I would never have expected Labour to do their disagreeing via the pages of the Liverpool Echo.

The sad part about this is that Labour’s bust up has been about housing the homeless, which should surely be a priority that we can all agree needs to be tackled.

Cllr. Carl Cashman the up and coming Lib Dem candidate to be Merseyside’s first elected Mayor must be taking great heart from this internal Labour bust up especially as it is on top of Labour losing seat after seat in local council by-elections across the UK. In Sunderland Sandhill yesterday the Labour vote collapsed by 29.9% in a local by-election for another Lib Dem gain!

Where to now for Labour and the left on Merseyside and the UK?

The Liverpool Echo has a story (written just before the announcement that Corbyn had won) which quotes my Lib Dem colleague Cllr. Richard Kemp – see link above.

Trouble is that the Labour membership was not able to vote for a credible alternative candidate to Corbyn as there was no such candidate on the ballot paper; general opinion was that Smith was a poor lightweight in a heavyweight battle.

Even odder, from my perspective, are the comments of Mayor Anderson who to many in Liverpool is a part the problem rather than a part of the solution to the City’s problems! He may well not want to drag Liverpool Labour back to the politics of the 1980’s but he is just one person who sounds to me more and more like a dictator.

The left of British politics is in a mess and Richard Kemp is right that it gives the Tories free reign to do as they please. But you know, in my view, much of what is happening now goes back at least to Blair and his right wing government.