The problem is that the “Labour movement” happily includes everyone from New Labour all the way through to the various communist parties. It included the late RESPECT “party”, the SWP, and all the rest of the crazies. Conversely, there is no right-unity. One could never imagine a conference at which representatives of the English Democrats, Conservatives, UKIP and the BNP were all speakers. It would not happen, ever.
A fundamental principle that must lie at the heart of Labour’s tenacious fightback in the autumn is that nobody voted for this. Nobody voted for the ConDems’ approach to tackling the deficit, that is evident speaking to people each day from all walks of life.
Two things wrong. Firstly, correct – nobody voted for this precise arrangement, but 17,540,578 people did vote for a combination of the two parties, which is rather better than “nobody”. 17,540,578 is also 8,931,051 more votes than Labour received, so I would hope they can see pretending the Tories and Lib Dems (laughably) just performed a coup of some description is a little inaccurate. This isn’t some banana republic where anyone promoted past the rank of Comandante gets the automatic right to overthrow the government.
Secondly, things are not so simply because they are “evident speaking to people each day from all walks of life”. That has about as little statistical credibility as it is possible to have. Quite apart from the fact we associate with people who confirm our own beliefs, and thus these “people from each walk of life” are likely to be socialist people from each walk of life, it’s hardly decent evidence for the illegitimacy of this government that some Labour supporter happens to know several people who didn’t “vote for this”.
Unfortunately this is going to be my blog’s home for a few days; I might have to re-design the old one.
Ken Livingstone has attacked a police check form used by authorities in London, calling the way it was based on the ethnicity of a concert’s audience “divisive” and “wrong”.Currently battling to be Labour’s candidate for London mayor he said given the powers he would scrap the form if he returns to office.He added: “You can’t have a law on the presumption that one particular ethnic group is more violent than another.“It’s just wrong.”The form was designed to give police information about the nature and musical genre of a planned event.It gives them the power to ask for changes or even to force the cancellation of events.
Mark Ferguson, editor of LabourList, has written who he thinks the top 5 most influential lefties are. Number 4 is Caroline Lucas. As he explains:
This one is difficult for me to write as a Labour tribalist. I’ve seen the Green Party in London adopt incredibly conservative positions and vote against positive measures that are in their very own national manifesto, so this is by no means an easy pitch for me to make.Yet Caroline Lucas deserves to be included as one of the most influential on the left, simply because she is a groundbreaker. Not content with being the first leader of the Green Party, Lucas is the first MP from a small party to break through the two/three party system in living memory. She’s no Keir Hardy, and I’m not suggesting that we’ll see a wave of Green MPs sweeping into parliament in future, but her achievement should be recognised. I hope that she serves her constituents with distinction, before Labour takes the seat back at the next election.
Green Party leader Caroline Lucas MP has asked the parliamentary catering authorities to consider introducing Meat Free Monday to the catering outlets in parliament. The Meat Free Monday campaign, which is being pursued all around the UK by environmental and other groups, is encouraging local authorities, schools and other public and private bodies to allocate one day a week to providing a totally animal-free menu in order to help tackle the world’s environmental and other problems.
From a German news website:
Authorities in communist East Germany were responsible for the deaths of 1,393 people between 1961 and its demise in 1989, 46 more than previously thought, researchers said Wednesday.
Robert Halfon, Conservative MP for Harlow writes in the Spectator:
I am not saying get rid of the licence fee. In fact I am not ashamed to admit that I like much of what the BBC produces, and even think her innate left-wing bias is healthy for Conservatives, as it means that ‘the right’ have to be that much better and sharper when presenting their case on BBC programmes.
Since when was giving people a choice a good idea?
Polish people in Reading are struggling to get access to basic services in the town – with one woman being advised she had a better chance of getting housing if she dumped her husband.A catalogue of distressing stories was presented to the annual meeting of the Reading Council for Racial Equality (RCRE) when prominent members of the Polish community told of the setbacks experienced by some of their countrymen living in the town.
Where’s the liberalism or democracy in this?
Unseated at the general election as a Lib Dem MP, Lembit Opik has landed a new job working for Press TV, the controversial satellite channel owned by the Islamic Republic of Iran. The 45-year-old former member for Montgomeryshire is presenting a show called A Simple Question.Attending the opening of Tanguera at Sadler’s Wells, Opik was tetchy when I inquired about his new employers. “I am a journalist now – I have the same job as you, you know, and probably on a smaller salary,” he said.“It is necessary for me to work. I don’t see that Press TV is ‘controversial’: that is to pass judgment and it is not for one media organisation to pass judgment on another.”Opik has long been an enthusiastic, if so far only occasional, broadcaster, making appearances on Have I Got News For You? and reviewing the newspapers late at night for Sky News. Although Press TV has some serious journalists working for it, its impartiality and accuracy has been questioned. Last year the broadcaster Nick Ferrari resigned from it after it sought to justify the execution of demonstrators on the streets of Tehran following the country’s disputed election.This week’s A Simple Question investigates how objective the news media is in the UK. “We want to explore whether it does a good job at keeping impartial or whether there are consistent cases of bias in the reporting that we see,” Ed Augustin, one of Opik’s assistants on his discussion programme, disclosed.The channel was launched in 2007 with a pledge from the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that it would be “free from all vices that have polluted the world”. Opik is, meanwhile, pursuing a career as a stand-up comedian.
It proves how desperate seatless politicians can get. He has joined George Galloway, Lauren Booth and Yvonne Ridley at the violently anti- Zionist mouthpiece of the Iranian regime – a network accused almost daily of antisemitism.…Not controversial Lembit? Maybe not quite as controversial as when you left that nice weathergirl Sian Lloyd for an X Factor reject, but a channel which gives a platform to Holocaust deniers like Nicholas Kollerstrom, and runs stories on Israelis abducting Algerian children for their organs is quite high on the controversial scale.