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Bickering within Labour shows they are not ready to lead

Ed and David MilibandLike children throwing a tantrum in a super market when their mothers are not prepared to buy them the chocolate bar they want, David and Ed Miliband have shown that the labour party is not yet ready to take on the serious issues of attempting to form a opposition party that will get rid of the Conservatives at the next general election.

Reports have spread that the brothers have been fighting each other since the decision to stand for leadership. It has been claimed that some of the ancient labour politicians such as Prescot and David Blunkett whom have even less of a clue on what the people want, are questioning their new leadership’s abilities.

David Miliband is reported to be wanting the top job badly, and is edging for his brother to fail miserably so that he can step in to “save the day”. Quite pathetic really, has anyone ever spoken to him to let him know what they are thinking in his constituency I’d imagine not since the whole party is not trusted right now.

David claims that the first he heard of his brother wanting to run against him in the leadership contest was when it was aired on TV, meanwhile Ed says he came to personally break the news. This comes at a time when what appears to be a deliberate leak on David’s part of a draft speech of what he would have given had he won has become public knowledge. This sounds suspiciously like a childish prank to me.

Meanwhile in the rest of parliament,  failure to stand up for the NHS that feels threatened by the Tories has lead to a number of high profile Unions threatening to drop support to Labour. The political fields are ripe for the picking by the rise of a new power, one in which politicians are rising to power to stand up for the people of this Kingdom. Supporters of the three parties are not clearly defined each party in its actions since the general election has damaged itself and voters are likely to switch to a party that will listen to them.

Lord Falconer observed that the fighting between the two have had a negative impact on the Labour Party. Surely, they must realize that in opposition as a party, the party must be united and needs to win back the support of the general public which they surely were elected by. “A house divided against itsself cannot stand” -Lincoln

The time has come for British political figures to stand up and declare in the top of their voice, I stand for the People of the United Kingdom.

Incidentally, on the democratic index of full democracies, we come in at a scary 19 out of 26. Even the United States is more democratic than the United Kingdom. Think about that when you next get to vote.

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The Independent |  Daily Mirror | BBC News

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Should the BBC be allowed to Strike

BBC LogoHave you ever heard of a Government going on strike? I didn’t think so. Surely they should not be allowed to do so.  However the BBC wants to strike. We the tax payer pays for the entire organization even if we don’t use the services which they provide.

The BBC is in talks to go on strike during the Conservative Party conference due to start next week. Perhaps there will be more interesting politics coming out of that than came out of the Labour party conference that has caused chaos across Manchester this week.

Ed Miliband has called on the BBC to not cause a blackout of coverage for its viewers during this time. It is in the interest of fairness he states.

The BBC being fully funded by the state should be prevented by law from actually going on strike or as an alternative, we should get a refund of our TV License fee for the time they will be on strike. I am sure that the BBC will conveniently “forget” this idea however as they know we cant easily enforce justice against them.

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Manchester: Concrete Blocks, Yellow Barriers and an army of uniforms but we got in anyway.

Road Block Its Saturday and for the ordinary citizen heading to enjoy a well earned end of the week Caramel Latte at Starbucks, you would be forgiven for thinking that following the road and passing metal detecting style arches, huge concrete blocks surrounded by metal walls and bright yellow solid steel barriers protected by heavy numbers of police officers for thinking you’d entered a war zone.

However that is the scene today (and for the rest of the week) in Manchester City Center. You see the Labour party and going by what we saw, in its entirety, is here for the annual Labour Conference 2010.

They have setup just around the corner from my office as a matter of fact. The problem will really be on Monday for today I passed through simply for my desire to have a coffee to pass the time waiting for my train home. Unfortunately it also turns out it was about the same time as the end of the events of the day. On Monday the conference gets properly started.

Will new labour have anything worth offering? Today has seen them unveil their new leader in the form of Ed Miliband, who won the labour leadership post on the final round of votes wining by just 1.3%.

In his victory speech he encourages young people to zombie-like convert to the labour party – I’d rather they didn’t however.ed-miliband Despite his claim that a “new generation” is in control of Labour now, at 41 he certainly isn’t a huge leap of from his predecessor. Many have lost faith in our political system and although the government is trying to shift that trend with the clean up of politics it has a long way to go. Perhaps the time to see the rise of a new party in politics is upon us.

A party that is prepared to be connected with the people too often I have seen MPs being critizied for not understanding whats going on at the level of the peasants they have lost touch with reality. I  should expect that if I had decided to run for a political movement many actions would be taken such as reducing significantly the wages of the political figures, increase the minimum wage and setup the UK as a more neutral state we neither have the time nor inclination to deal with war on multiple fronts.

Has anyone else noticed how in almost every picture of him, he has a certain confused and distracted or otherwise distant and not content with reality sort of look to him? I don’t know if he can be trusted but I guess time will let the Labour party decide that themselves. Good luck to him in his new job, something tells me hes going to need it.

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