Last night the Tories got their Welfare Bill passed in the UK parliament. Here are a few interesting facts about it:
1) This bill will undoubtedly cause many people, including children and the disabled, to be worse off, putting them at higher risk of starvation, ill health and even death. This isn’t about workshy jobless, and it isn’t even about welfare. The social security system isn’t a hand out, we all pay our national insurance, and many many people requiring help are in work but on very low pay or hours.
2) Virtually all of the Tory MPs voted for the bill, and under a quarter of Labour MPs voted against it, preferring not to oppose this bill, but to allow it to pass effectively unopposed.
3) All the SNP MPs voted against the bill.
4) IF ALL OPPOSITION MPS HAD VOTED AGAINST IT, it would not have been passed.
5) Of the four prospective Labour party leaders, the only one to vote against the Welfare Bill was Jeremy Corbyn. I’m still not convinced, however, that even this wasn’t some sort of game playing manoeuvre on the part of the Labour party. Don’t they know people’s lives are at stake?
This vote wasn’t about party politics or political gameplay, and yet Labour treated it as such, just like they have been doing for a long time. As a result it passed through parliament.
I just hope the general public are paying attention to all this…
“New brooms sweep clean” or so they say. On the other hand, what do “they” know anyway?
Labour’s Relationship with Scotland – It’s Complicated
The “Scottish” Labour Party will certainly be hoping to make a clean sweep of the 2015 General Election in Scotland, anyway, so perhaps that’s why it’s no coincidence that the “leader” and “deputy leader” of “Scottish” Labour have both stepped down this week, giving a full six months for whoever is elected to the roles to shake hands and kiss babies. Six months is, of course, long enough to do a lot of smiling, and get a lot of column inches written about you, but unless you’re completely incompetent, it’s too short a time to really stuff anything up too badly, especially if you’re not in government… isn’t it? Read More →
I’ve heard it said a lot recently that Labour are “finished” in Scotland, but what does that really mean? Are they really finished in Scotland? Should they be?
It can’t be denied that for generations now the Labour Party has commanded a huge share of the votes, and parliamentary seats, in Scotland. Recent years have seen the Labour Party’s popularity decrease sharply, however. The Labour Party has turned its back on its own values as well as the needs of the people it claims to represent. Times have changed, since the Thatcher years. We all in Scotland breathed a sigh of relief when Tony Blair’s government won in 1997, but by the time he was illegally invading Iraq, despite the vast majority of the whole UK being against it, it was clear to most that Labour may have changed with the times, but not necessarily in the way we wanted.
Vote For Keir Hardie – Labour Party Values
It is often said that Scotland is predominantly left wing. I’m not sure. Even if that is true, i think it’s more accurate to say Scotland is predominantly social, politically speaking. We favour values which allow the whole community to thrive, because we know this is best for all of us. Throughout the 20th century, it was easy to see that Labour epitomised that, with their pro-working-class ethic and power-to-the-people attitude, not to mention their stranglehold on the trade unions. But with the working class being at least conceptually replaced by the middle class(es), so to speak, the class based structure of politics had broken down by the beginning of the 21st century, at least in the minds of many voters. Read More →