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Why Labour died a little bit yesterday

by Marrick on March 20, 2013

Bad move, Ed. Owen Jones MP puts it perfectly:

Utterly disgraceful that the Labour leadership ordered their MPs to abstain on the Tory workfare bill today. It was an attack on the idea of a honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, and on the supposed rule of law. Kudos to the 40 or so Labour MPs who voted against, including John McDonnell, Graham Morris, Ian Mearns and Ian Lavery – they did what the Labour party was actually founded to do: represent working people, and fight Tory attacks on them. One lesson from today: we need more Labour MPs selected who actually have a backbone and who are genuinely prepared to fight for working people. Absolutely furious.

I understand the reasoning of the Labour leadership, inasmuch as they could not stop the bill, so they may as well gain some concessions, but they sold their compliance too cheaply. This will damage the reputation of the party and allow the forces of reaction to erroneously point out there is little difference between the major parties. To the average person in the street this will cause them to believe that there is no point in voting for any of the parties, because the government always gets in. While this is not absolutely the case, it does undermine Labour’s credibility as an alternative who will look after the weaker members of society.

Ed Miliband needs to put out a strong statement today that he will repeal the entire workfare system as a priority when Labour are returned to power. Anything less than this will show him as a weak leader who is kowtowing to the insane press we have in this country.

Labour members need to express their concerns on this matter. You can do so here.

These are the MPs who voted against the government’s workfare bill. Credit to them for defying the Labour leadership.

Anderson, Mr David
Brown, rh Mr Nicholas
Burden, Richard
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Connarty, Michael
Corbyn, Jeremy
Crausby, Mr David
Davidson, Mr Ian
Dobbin, Jim
Dodds, rh Mr Nigel
Donaldson, rh Mr Jeffrey M.
Durkan, Mark
Edwards, Jonathan
Esterson, Bill
Flynn, Paul
Glindon, Mrs Mary
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Goggins, rh Paul
Havard, Mr Dai
Healey, rh John
Hoey, Kate
Hopkins, Kelvin
Hosie, Stewart
Howarth, rh Mr George
Lavery, Ian
Lazarowicz, Mark
Leech, Mr John
Llwyd, rh Mr Elfyn
Long, Naomi
Lucas, Caroline
MacNeil, Mr Angus Brendan
Mactaggart, Fiona
McCrea, Dr William
McDonnell, John
McGovern, Jim
Meacher, rh Mr Michael
Mearns, Ian
Mitchell, Austin
Moon, Mrs Madeleine
Morris, Grahame M.
Osborne, Sandra
Pearce, Teresa
Riordan, Mrs Linda
Ritchie, Ms Margaret
Robertson, Angus
Rotheram, Steve
Shannon, Jim
Sheridan, Jim
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Sutcliffe, Mr Gerry
Twigg, Derek
Walley, Joan
Weir, Mr Mike
Whiteford, Dr Eilidh
Williams, Hywel
Winnick, Mr David
Wood, Mike

2 thoughts on “Why Labour died a little bit yesterday

  1. Mike Mckay says:

    This is a “nice” thought, but its one that is bourne out of the belief that labour still has any of its origional ideology in play and that it would want “the poor” to have some form of decent existence

    Reality though sadly shows that the need for HUGE amounts of money to run a party and an army of career politicians who we know have no values or ideology except the ones they think will keep them in their cushy job means that all major parties. Basically anyone with ANY hope of getting into power has already sold their souls to the deep pocketed campaign contributors long before any votes have been cast and are therefore bought and paid for in a variety of ways and dont work for the country nor the voters

    Add to that the amount of millionaires making up the ranks in all parties, all or most of whom will have the same types of preferences where taxation and legislation are concerned and also similar views on the “peasants” to each other irrespective of which party they claim to be associated with you have something that ceases to resemble adversarial democratic politics and something that very closely resembles the WWE wrestling competitions where all “opponents” work for the money men who own WWE wrestling, and the storylines, conflicts and winners are all pre scripted and agreed before each bout begins

    THAT is how modern politics works

    If labour hadnt spent the last 12 years priming and prepping the NHS for privatisation the tories wouldnt be able to get the process speeding along so rapidly

    And the labour party being what its ideology SHOULD indicate would or more acurately should have ensured the NHS wasnt in a position that left it open to privatisation. And yet their ground work couldnt have been done more effectively by the tory party

    So we see time and time again situations where the rich labour party and rich tory party resemble two shifts rather than opponents. Each taking it in turns to do parts of an ongoing long term process to asset strip, outsource and sell off anything in the UK that can make multinationals, millionaires or billionaires even more money at the expense of the other 99% of the country

    And yet still people talk about left and right wing, labour and tory ad nauseum whilst like the WWE opponents they laugh it up at the same golf clubs, country clubs, spas and other high priced venues paid for with money fleeced from the taxpayers

  2. sallyb41 says:

    I agree and and thoroughly disgusted with my MP the erstwhile Rachel Reeves. I said it else where it is now us (the little guy) against them.

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