watching conference through my fingers from behind the couch.
Just over a year ago, I blogged about why I am a Labour supporter (and now a Local Councillor).
The Labour party conference always creates a buzz and a great deal of headlines many of which (in the past) have had me wanting to bang my head on a desk. A few ‘Oh FFS!’ and much stronger are uttered at the inept miss steps that can occur. Sometimes I wish a news blackout could prevent my party from shooting itself in the foot. Will this year be any different?
A lack of Clarity on the NHS bill repeal was the beginning of my anxiety until Andy Burnham came out categorically and said it would be repealed by an incoming labour government. I began to breathe a little easier but since then I have begun to have (obviously disloyal) doubts that Ed Miliband will drop a well-intentioned but catastrophic clanger between now and conference end (bad capitalism anyone?).
He is getting better (but will it ever be enough? going by the polling data it seems unlikely) but I am just unsure that his articulation of what labour stands for and why he is Labour will be closely related to mine.
When he says he is not for any sectional / special interest group (that might be great triangulation) it makes me wonder where the leadership of the party thinks it is heading. We were founded by a sectional interest group. The Unions. Times have moved on and this isn’t the only group we should be representing – what about representing the weakest and poorest in our society? Those failed by decades of poor economic policy? What about representing those disabled and currently being treated abyssmally by an uncaring system run by a profit motive? What about young people struggling to make their way in a harsh employment landscape?
It is all sectional interest groups. Many of which we really need to show solidarity with. AND be vocal about it.
Many of these sectional interest groups are paying massively for the failure of another group (I won’t indulge in Banker bashing today) and we are too silent about their plight.
So while I understand that without an offering to the marginals that won’t scare them off, Ed needs to think closely about what rank and file members of the Labour party understand as ‘being Labour’.
For what it’s worth he can sneak a peek at mine and add to it if he wants (arrogant or what 😉 obviously Ed will be reading my blog.)
(extract from previous post)
I am Labour because in the society I want, the weakest are treated with dignity and respect and not left behind.
I am Labour because no-one in my society should go to bed cold for want of fuel, hungry for a lack of food and scared for a want of security.
I am Labour because everyone’s talent deserves a chance to shine and the barriers of birth and privilege should be removed.
I am Labour because the efforts of the many should reward the many.
I am Labour because a good education should be for all our children and not just for those who can afford it.
I am Labour because injustice and inequality need to be opposed and overturned.
I am Labour because I want to change my party to be the Labour Party it should be.
There are thousands of I am Labour because statements for me.
I am Labour and I don’t always agree with the party. Sometimes we just have to disagree.