I listened to media coverage of Jeremy’s first election speech today and he said what I would have expected of him as a socialist Leader of the chaotic Labour Party.
But hang on a minute whilst he was saying that he would be the political leader of ordinary working people (if electors gave him the top job in Downing Street) one glaring issue contradicts the vision he was putting forward – there could well of course be others but the big one for me is this.
When he whipped his Labour MP’s to support a Hard Brexit and vote with Teresa May’s hard-line right wing Government he actually voted to make life much harder for ordinary folk. Yes, many of this working class supporters may have voted for Brexit but he knows how much they were lied to and that many of them are now wishing they had not voted the way they did.
Brexit is a plan by the rich and powerful to gain more power and more influence over us all so what on earth is a supposedly socialist leader doing backing it?
Sorry Jeremy, you can’t back ordinary folk via political rhetoric having already and very recently voted for a process from which they can only be the losers.
Last year Lib Dems achieved a huge victory in stopping George Osborne’s tax credit cuts to low-income working families. But while the Chancellor backed down on these plans, he quietly kept plans to impose similar cuts to Universal Credit. These cuts will make millions of people in work worse off from 2017, cutting their income by more than £1,000 per year. It’s unfair punishment for people just trying to get by.
These cuts will affect the same people as the Tax Credit cuts, just in a few years’ time rather than in April this year so we have to stop them. We cannot stand by while the lives of those on low-incomes are made more difficult.
That’s why Lib Dem MPs and Peers are fighting against the cuts. Our Peers have tabled a vote in Parliament that would stop the cuts in their tracks. Labour – just like with tax credit cuts – haven’t committed yet, so it’s down to us. Will you help build momentum by backing the campaign today?
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Well finally the Tories have remembered their 2015 election pledge not to cut tax credits, even though a gun had to be put to their head by the House of Lords.
Sadly though the Labour opposition in this country only wanted them deferred! But I bet Labour will be claiming all kinds of credit for the Chancellor’s U Turn when in reality they didn’t have the backbone to support Lib Dems in the House of Lords who voted for the tax credit cuts to be chucked out altogether.
Labour cares nothing for the poor, they care only for themselves.
The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above
I suppose it is no surprise that Labour is looking for compromise over the Tories Tax Credit cuts especially if you think back to the appalling things said by leading Labour figures before the last general election about people who need welfare support.
Remember in the House of Lords Labour would not back the recent Lib Dem motion to reject the Tory Tax Credit cuts out of hand, instead they sat on their hands.
I really despair about Labour’s double standards. All their rhetoric is about helping those less fortunate in our society but when the chips are down Labour always lets those most in need down.
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?
I increasingly despair about the present Tory Government. Just look at all the massive down sides of Cameron gaining an overall majority:-
* Social housing to be sold off when there is a huge shortage of affordable rented housing.
* Cutting back on sustainable green initiatives and putting future generations at risk from even greater climate change problems.
* Attacking trade unions who brought about many social advances that we all (including Tories) now take for granted.
* Trying to reduce your and my rights and in doing so making the state less accountable to us all.
* Hitting the most vulnerable in society with massive welfare cuts whilst the official Labour opposition stood back and abstained!.
* Taking food from children in our schools who otherwise may not get a decent meal at home.
* All but ignoring the appalling refugee crisis across Europe
This is an appallingly selfish Tory Government.