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From the Nether Backdrop..

April 12, 2010

Back then.. This offering because I said I would… re the UK Election as and when it had gotten underway..

What we need to see is the Labour Party fighting back red in tooth and claw – if it can remember how to do so. To offer Labour voters, lapsed Labour voters and the huge number of undecided the prospect of cuts “going deeper than under Margaret Thatcher”, makes for the shortest suicide note in history.

So let’s break from the consensus, and get real. If cuts have to be made, let them fall on Trident and the vast military overspend that has us committed to unwinnable foreign wars. Let’s triangulate on David Cameron’s promise to restrict public sector salaries and put a cap on the grand larcerny being committed by tax avoiders and company chiefs who have plundered and sold off some of the country’s best assets, while stuffing their pockets. Instead of pussy footing around, Alistair Darling, needs to show that he is serious about ending the casino culture in the City, halting the asset stripping takeovers that have seen great British companies, such as Cadburys fed to the vultures. Labour should be trumpeting the European recovery plan, of which Gordon Brown was an architect. But Labour should lead the way still further. For ‘globalisation’, read greedy men in the City and Wall Street pushing billions around the World at the touch of the button. We cannot afford to bail them out again, and now they must take the strain. Let’s hear Alistair Darling spell out what constitutes a ‘bonus’. A bonus, as we all know is not an automatic right – it is discretionary, based on performance. And if globalised banking has failed us, we must look to the Left to stop the ceaseless flow of money and people to the cheapest production platforms. That means restricting the flow of cheap labour, and protecting key industries, as well as investing in the specialities that will create wealth for people in the future.

And in breaking from the consensus, let us hear it for people at work, for the trade unions. For too long they have been treated as fair-weather friends, suitable only for taking cash hand -outs from. If Labour is to be serious about re-building our manufacturing base from its collapsed state, it has to do it with the trade unions. Instead of fighting on Tory ground, let’s see Gordon Brown travel to Redcar, to announce the re-opening of the steel plant – in the national interest.

The Prime Minister can of course take great credit in borrowing from both the public purse and John Maynard Keynes, by spending our way out of likely depression. We know what the Tories would have done – and despite George Osborne’s apparent conversion to maintaining spending for a year, what they will do.

It is not enough to mount a campaign whose express intention is to deny the Tories an overall majority by being their pale shadow. And while in Six months time, the Blair/Brown years may – extraordinary as it seems – be seen as golden years of plenty, there is of course a great deal that Labour has done, not least for the NHS, which deserves trumpeting from the roof-tops.

Yep, unashamedly Mark Seddon’s copy @ BT, my only change the correct spelling to Keynes middle name..

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