Labour fervently supported last year’s Conservative Budget before a back bench rebellion by Conservatives led to some revisions. Now they attack IDS for not backing current budget. This is understandable till you find out they do not either.
Labour seem to want to complain about what IDS has done in the past even though they supported it last July. Indeed so fervent was the support of the mainstream PLP its 3 candidates were prepared to lose the leadership election over it.
IDS has handed Labour a gift but they are currently showing their preference for unearned conceit, hypocrisy and stupidity. Attack the Govt not the messenger!
It’s clear the Prime Minister’s speech was delivered by a benign actor capable of emotion. The real leader Osborne’s strength is his ability to sit back and set an agenda and let simpletons explain it. His gift for politics is what you say and the image created is reality.
Thus rather than cripple a struggling economy with Austerity give the impression of deep austerity and make high profile cuts in welfare whilst writing cheques for whoever: Oil: NFL: George Lucas: Upper Middle Class home buyers: Pensioners: Landlords: Farmers: Banks and all the ‘deserving’ who vote. All whilst those taken from, hard working families, get the rhetorical praise. Thus voters think they are supporting something they are not – it does not matter what those affected think. Can you guess the deficit he claimed to have been trying to close by the time of the 2015 election? My best guess 80 Billion. Will it matter at the next election if we are nowhere near the promised surplus? No. Can you seriously tell me the difference between £50Bn and 0 or even £100Bn?
The key is to fool enough people that aspiration matters to a Govt composed mostly of entitled. As Cameron himself said this country has lousy social mobility. And it will have in 5 years time.
Labour have thrown a curve at us. Sure they are the same party with the same group of inhuman MPs who variously backed, caused, supported or allowed: Internment: Rendition for Gaddafi and US: War: Torture: Locking up Refugee kids: PFI fraud, 100s Bns: Light City Regulation: Bailouts without real conditions: QE: Mass Surveillance etc etc. However I find supporting them back on the agenda. It’s certainly hard to paint Corbyn as a neo Liberal warmonger and it would be foolish to view most of his MPs as actually caring about more than his poll rating. Nonetheless and I make no bones about this Corbyn, Skinner, McDonnell, Abbot, Uncle Tom Cobley sat in their safe sinecures and made no stand bar Commons votes they were bound to lose. They stayed for the safe salary and easy fandom of left galleries.
Maybe Osborne has raised the stakes on standing aside from the mainstream – Cameron is very much the PR Spiv spokesperson the Telegraph labelled him and irrelevant. Tim Farron’s Lib Dems having been completely impaled at the election seems to be in cloud cuckoo land. Talking about grabbing the centre position Labour has supposedly opened up. This is Cleggism, indeed they are prepared to take on board MPs from Labour who represent the appalling stuff in the opening paragraph and were part of the most illiberal authoritarian warmongering Govt since before I was born. I can’t vote for that.
The Greens are a fringe and even if I was in Scotland I would not stomach the neo Liberal SNP with their fake socialist rhetoric. I can’t vote Plaid as I don’t live there and am not in Ulster either.
Can I vote for a Labour who backed needless pointless poor bashing austerity 3 months ago? We shall see but it’s on the agenda if nothing more.