C’mon Ed, fight!

August 5, 2013

In case the reader needs reassurance that Osborne is a failed Chancellor, you only have to look at what the financial services people are saying. A couple of weeks ago, Citywire ran with this headline, “Hooray for the (debt-fuelled) UK recovery!”

How about this funny analysis from the stockbroker Hargreaves Lansdowne: “Former US president Abraham Lincoln has been credited with saying the problem with politics is you can never please all of the people all of the time. In a more contemporary setting and with the UK yet to regain ground lost during the 2008-09 recession chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has struggled to please anyone at any time since stepping into 11 Downing Street three years ago.”

However, the one thing that the Tories do massively better than Labour is this: When they are down, they come out fighting. Even when the world took note that Keynes had won and austerity lost, they carried on fighting. The question is, what does Labour do? Has Ed Miliband and Ed balls given up? Do we only have an opposition on a Wednesday lunchtime?
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Attack, Attack, Attack!

November 26, 2010


The chickens have really come home to roost for the British Labour Party. Look at that map that shows the whole of the south of England smothered with Tory Blue with only the tiny enclave of inner London bearing the Labour Red. This diagram demonstrates the confined extremity of the Labour core vote. It also shows how close we are to being wiped out. If you swapped the constituencies with pictures of Cowboys and Indians, it would be a diagram of Custer’s last stand. In all my time as a labour Party member, I have never known this party to be in a greater sense of denial. The housing policy, of the Nasty Coalition, aims to bring market forces to bear upon the inner cities, so as to push social housing out to the suburbs, or rather, to cleanse the affluent districts of poverty. This Kosovo-style social-cleansing is not just nasty but also politically sinister, in that it aims to disperse that Red; to disperse our people, our communities. They don’t care where they go, as long as they take their votes with them. And while all this is happening, we, the Labour Party, are slouching about discussing whether we should back AV. Shameful! Wanna know what the AV camp are saying privately? I’ll tell you. They’re saying that if we please the Lib Dems, they’ll agree to form a coalition with us at the next election and allow the Labour Party to form a government. That’s what they’re saying. Allow us? Just when the Lib Dems are on the ropes, these snivelling little runts in the Labour Party want to divide us in order that the “united” Lib Dems can give us permission to form a future government. These dividers want us to get out the begging bowl and go grovelling to a party who are so insignificant, that their HQ offices didn’t get smashed up by the students, only because no one knew where they were. There is one way and one way only of dealing with the coalition government; that is to vote it down, vote it down, vote it down. Let the Tories get divided over AV, while we are united in campaigning to bring about an imminent general election. Here’s the strategy to achieve it:- In the recent Kentish Town by-election the Lib Dems stopped campaigning on the estates because they couldn’t explain their Kosovo policy. Half of the Lib Dem MPs are in traditional Labour seats, half are in Tory seats. Nick Clegg is currently getting punished for his error over tuition fees, but the Kosovo policy is far more damaging because the student vote is scattered while the housing vote is concentrated. The Labour party needs to create a campaign concentrating on vulnerable Lib Dems; Simon Hughes in Southwark & Bermondsey is a good example. If we began voter ID campaigns in that constituency, I am convinced that the data we’d return would so frighten this MP that he would either vote against his party, or defect to Labour. Either way, we bring down the Nasty Coalition. So let’s not take the lead of Custer. While the Indians are circling and the arrows are pouring, we are not so foolish to fight a defensive battle, on their ground, and their terms. Now is not the time to offer gifts to the pitiful and struggling Liberal Democrats. Now is the time to come out fighting, on our ground, our terms and with our strategy. We all know how vulnerable the Nasty Coalition is, so let’s concentrate our fire and attack, attack, attack!