I have come to the conclusion that I live in an alternative universe or I that have gone mad. Am I really to take seriously the claims of the modern Labour Party?
Starting with the Herald, I read this morning that Ed Miliband said an independent Scotland ‘would be at the mercy of the corporations’. Is he hallucinating or is it me?
Did he miss the financial meltdown when he was one of Gordon Brown’s treacherous clique working to unseat Blair? Who does he think displayed overwhelming power by trashing the British economy? Who does he think allowed the corporations and banks to get away with it through light-touch regulation? Whose bonuses does he think the government is running to Brussels to protect? Who are the members of the CBI threatening economic ruin for Scotland? Who doesn’t pay tax despite billions in profit? Who does he think he had drinks with at Rupert Murdoch’s parties? Who does he think Vitol is that is funding the Unionist campaign? Has he heard of the Co-op?
I can’t believe this tripe, so utterly and easily dismissed after a moment’s thought, is reported with a straight face.
Further in I come across the paper’s political editor telling me how Miliband has set a dilemma for the SNP. That may or may not be true and I don’t question Magnus Gardham’s integrity in choosing his subject. But how can the political editor of a national newspaper fail to mention – to mention – the single most significant event in the country which was Margo McDonald’s ability to reach into the hearts of all Scots and even in death to remind us of our responsibilities as Scots, not just political tribes? This was a unifying national event which will of course fire more minds towards a Yes vote.
But in controversy terms the real story surely, was the Whitehall Farce of the CBI which has left a huge red face all over Better Together and overtaken the dire warnings from big business – a key moment in the debate.
To ignore both events in favour of a diary event so clearly designed as token PR AND to take the Labour Party spin without question, takes some doing. Is it just me?
Later I find in the same Herald our old friend, the doctrinaire opponent of self determination and knee-bending liege of the British state, Brian Wilson, rehashing his ancient (from the seventies!) mantra that we shouldn’t ‘walk away’ from the people of England and leave them to the tender mercies of their own democratic system. No, we should surrender our own ambitions and prosperity in Scotland in the somewhat vain hope that a Labour government, with no worked out plans for further powers, will win an election in London and actually deliver more than token changes to our rotten society. Let’s all stay poor together in a spirit of solidarity to please the Labour Party and its wealthy business manipulators like Wilson.
Brian, as ever, fails to point out that he was a minister who could have solved the poverty issue in English cities if the Labour government had found the will and the money – from Brown’s boom – to do so. They had massive majorities then and the funds, they just didn’t have the bottle or the desire to share Britain’s wealth with the people at the bottom, so now it’s our job. Is this logic, or is it me again?
Wilson found time to give his now considerable capitalist backing to the CBI in a piece in the Scotsman. Normally, from what I see, he avoids the real story when it hurts Better Together – better to deflect attention. However, this time he twists and turns to avoid actually blaming the CBI itself. It seems the real culprits are the membership. What were they all doing in the CBI anyway and why didn’t they speak up about its position? Nothing wrong with that, of course, except it is designed to clear the name of the CBI because it’s important, he says, that we still listen to them, carefully avoiding the fact they are officially partisan. Their dire warnings are real, he tell us and you suddenly see the game – to divert attention away from the lobby group and its failings so their message of doom and gloom can still resonate. As part of this propaganda play we are told that renewable companies don’t matter as they only exist on government grants and aren’t real companies making stuff (presumably like the nuclear ones that pay him) and proper, right-enough firms are still inside so listen to them, for God’s sake. (We can safely dismiss the Balhousie company as their boss is a Nat, according to the World of Brian). Is it just me, or does this stink of re-arranging the facts so the feckless will follow the correct line laid out for them by the Sultan of Spin?
Funnily enough I tweeted this today and had Baron Foulkes of Bankbalance replying and wondering how I could possibly have gained the impression Brian was backing the CBI. By reading the piece, is the answer. Interestingly, Angus Brendan McNeill MP asked Baron Foulkes what he thought about the CBI only to get a cryptic ‘Probably the same as you’. In other words, a non-answer. And isn’t that typical? Even in the face of breathtaking incompetence and official chicanery, Labour people can’t bring themselves to criticise the employers organisation. What’s it like being a former socialist, I wonder? Maybe it’s just me.
And then I came across some other material… http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/oct/12/labour-benefits-tories-labour-rachel-reeves-welfare Want to know what Labour is really about while Red Ed is ‘outflanking’ the SNP on the left? Have a read at Rachel Reeves ideas on how to deal with those scroungers. She thinks the Tories haven’t done enough to control benefits and backs the benefits cap and if you can spot a difference between her austerity zeal and IDS, good luck to you.
And, for sheer, gut-wrenching hypocrisy I suggest you peer into this blog by a disabled woman, one of a constituency especially hard hit both by the serendipity of life AND by the Coalition’s hurtful policies. See how Labour, Red Ed’s ‘outflanking the SNP on the left’ Labour, treats the disabled. Talk about patronising and dumping people who least need it…when this review was launched one of Scottish Labour’s finest Ann McGuire MP, a spokesman on disability said: ‘I am sure they will throw down some interesting challenges to us as we seek to improve the lives of disabled people.’ And so they did, only it involved spending money on welfare – Oops!
Read and weep and think of the once-proud People’s Party.
And, just for a laugh, look at what Labour’s friends in Better Together are doing to those people Brian Wilson says he wants to stand by in Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester. This is a report showing how the Council of Europe says Britain’s welfare, that’s our pensions, jobseekers and incapacity benefits, are below the legal standard to comply with the European Convention on Human Rights. That’s right, Britain has cut its benefits so hard, they are now illegal.
I think Labour is a despicable, hypocritical mess and its members who believe in what it once was, should rise up and take it back, via Scottish independence if necessary. But then, that’s just me…by