To witness the scene in parliament yesterday was not to feel pity for Brown and his appointees as some commentators appear to have done, it’s something that is the outcome of the stubborn stupidity that marks out the whole New Labour project.
Alright Labour was never anti-capitalist but its origins were to create a just and inclusive society. New Labour became infatuated with the false god money and forever become entangled with its impossible demands. You name it Northern Rock, privatization of public services, party funding – every project has fallen apart, gone rotten in their hands, and all this could have been avoided. There have been a few moments when I thought that Brown isn’t Blair – his stance on casinos for instance – but together they stand as authors of New Labour. Mandelson keeps popping up as a reminder of the early days which said loud and clear that what New Labour was about was not going to be sustainable. Problem is they never learn.
The other parties are also in league with the same god, so there’ going to be no relief there. The problem with New Labour after losing election after election was that it came to the conclusion ” if you can’t beat ’em. join ’em. This is the result. If you’re going to have a corrupt Tory government why not have the real thing?
The state of the Tories shows that even with the worst shambles going on round them they still have difficulty making their mark. As for Lib-Dems to see their true colours look at us here in Birmingham where they have brought the Tories into power. They are showing their ineptitude in their handling of the single status issue. That was never going to be easy, but they have pissed off the worked force as never before. One friend of mine is £8,000 a year worse off. The idea of Single Status I thought was to bring equity into play yet a woman loses that much – and there are worse examples than that.