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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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What has Labour done for you?

Labour Party RoseIn my past articles I covered the Liberals and Conservatives (albeit with what little good points they have) it would be unfair not to give Labour their day in the spotlight.

Writing in the Mirror, Fiona Philips kicks off a similar concept with the National Minimum Wage. You might be surprised that I am not going to be including that in this list. The minimum wage was meant to ensure people were not being taken advantage off. However instead it turned out to allow employers to keep wages down.

Following three decades of hostilities and over 17 solid hours of diplomatic discussions between then Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Republic of Ireland’s leader Bertie Ahern, the Good Friday agreement was achieved. This could perhaps be the crowning achivement of Tony Blair and the Labour party certainly deserves credit for pulling of the treaty.

Discrimination has been an issue particuarily addressed by the Labour Party:

There is no place in our society for discrimination. That’s why I support the right of gay couples to apply to adopt like any other couple.” Former Prime Minister Tony Blair

The Civil Partnerships for same sex couples were brought into British Law under the Labour party, likewise, it was the Labour Party whom brought in the Disability Discrimination Act they granted paternity leave to fathers.

In the health care world, Labour have made an effort to cut waiting times, granted it still has much to go. They reformed the GPs as well so now many are open late or at the weekends improving the health care for all.

The Human Rights Act was passed under the Labour party, although in recent years their actions particularaily in Afghanistan and Iraq may not have supported the human rights act as it was intended.

So the achievements of the Labour party have been quite honorable.

References: BBC News – BBC News (2)BBC News (3) – Mirror –  Human Rights Act

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But a shadow of a real cabinet.

Houses of ParliamentToday sees the beginning of labour as an opposition – many weeks after the General Election that saw them thrown from the real cabinet, Labour has decided who shall be the Shadow Cabinet. Ed Miliband has given some surprise twists to the fate of the MPs most likely to take on key positions by, not giving them the job.

So what has his cabinet got?

The most notable position in the shadow cabinet, the Shadow Chancellor had two lead runners, Ed Balls and his Wife, Yvette Cooper, I presume that Ed thinks neither of them can count, and if they are anything like Gordon Brown and Alister Darling’s time in the office, it is a strong possibility. No, the role of Shadow Chancellor has went to that of Alan Johnston. He might not be the new generation that Ed was looking for but, perhaps that might be a good thing, as much as I hate to admit it, older people do seem to be better at financial management than younger people. Everyone knows I have my share of money problems!

Mr Balls has however been made the shadow home secretary so at least we wont have demon head masters running the home office any more, and his wife has taken on the role of shadow foreign secretary. This I do not like the sound of – they are married and trying to take on the positions of home and foreign affairs? This sounds like trouble will be ahead of the Labour party.

Many of the more well known candidates of the party have opted not to stand for the shadow cabinet, as previously reported , Jack Straw has made way for a new generation to take up the important roles. Without a doubt this will be an interesting time for the party as the new faces start to form new relationships in their positions of power.

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The Telegraph

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Darling quits leaving stark warning about deficit

Alistor DarlingHe served under Gordon Brown as the Chancellor, now they are in opposition however he wants to wipe his hands clean of the problem. Leaving behind a financial disaster for the UK, Darling has warned the Labour party that they cant just ignore the problem and hope it goes away. Instead they must deal with it, but its not his problem any more.

He made a point about speeches at the conference being hard for him, because of the difference between what he had to say and what they wanted to hear. Or in other words, the Labour party hasn’t got a clue whatsoever in how to deal with the deficit and he doesn’t feel like giving clues to his successor in the party – more likely he hasn’t a clue either.

Accusing the Coalition government he suggests that the previous government’s spending had nothing to do with the deficit it was all the Banker’s fault. Of course, given that the 2009 budget done by him saw the UK Government spend approximately £100 Million a year more than it earned, It is a disgrace for him to even suggest that poor financial management on the part of the government had nothing to do with it. What he needs is to go back to school and learn how to do accountancy. Spending more than you can afford has left many people (and even many countries) in serious financial problems. The collapse of the financial sector has indeed contributed to problems but they are not exclusively to blame for the deficit.

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BBC News

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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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No discount for ID Card Trial Holders

ID Card for Mr ElephantIn parliament on Wednesday discussions took place about the concept of compensating the few people whom bought an ID Card under Labours terrible ID Card plans. The minister responsible for heading up the scheme proposed a discount of future purchase of a passport to ID Card Holders.

However widespread opposition to the proposals have seen the concept rejected. Every party other than labour made it clear the intention was to scrap the scheme if they came to power. Now that has been done, and government wants to destroy the data collected under the ID Card scheme within two months. Consequently, they will be unable to offer such a discount as the data will not be on record to inform Passport agencies of the eligibility for a discount.

I must agree with the Government policy on this one buy into a trial of a contreversial program and you have to understand the consequencies of it – it could go down the drain as was the case here. I once bought shares in a newly floated company on the AIM exchange and it collapsed I cant exactly expect a discount on my next set of shares now can I?

Really does bring in to question the competency of the department that overseen the program having an unlimited budget they spent £330 Million and did not even manage to come close to a percent of that from the scheme. They would have required at least 1/6Th of the population of the UK to sign up to come close to breaking even – and that doesn’t take into account the on-going costs of maintaining the system.

One protester against the system suggested buying one as a memorabilia for the success against the system.

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Blair: It was Gordon Browns Fault

Tony Blair ImageWith a slight hint of blame, former prime minister Tony Blair has pointed at Gordon Brown as the reason Labour was defeated in the General Election. I cant say i disagree however, Gordon Browns leadership was perhaps the worst time as prime minister in the history of UK politics.

Particularly blaming Gordon Brown’s failure to stand by New Labour policies in an attempt to take Labour back to the old days before they won their landslide election. His criticism of this also could be seen to infer a support of David Miliband as the future party leader. He does not however go so far as to officially support either candidates.

Keeping Gordon Brown under control as he was unable to make him disappear Tony Blair found himself turning into an alcoholic with Whisky, Gin and Tonic for pre dinner followed by several wines for dinner.

He says getting rid of Mr Brown would have been impossible but agrees that it should have been done. I am sure that many would agree with that assessment. At least however he got the job because no one else actually wanted it a fact that Gordon Brown will undoubtedly be reminded of by his critiques at any opportunity.

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Leadership with no followers?

Miliband and MandelsonIt has been some time since the General Election and the subsequent resignation of former prime minister Gordon Brown. The labour party however is once again preparing a leadership campaign where the people have no input on whom should be the leader and a potential future prime minister.

Lord Mandelson has critisized the young Miliband stating that he is likely to take Labour back to the dark ages. I am unsure if that’s a complement or insult coming from him. Ed Miliband however has made a comment which I can completely agree with: Mandelson should retire.

Leaderships should have the confidence of the people they purport to represent. If we have no control over our political leaders and worse prime minister then how can we presume to have a government worthy of our faith? Labour will with hope fall into the darkness, and at the next General Election with any hope, the Liberal Democrats will come out victorious.

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Sky News