Thursday, 29 July 2010

The Curse of the Labour Party (Part 2)

The more I think upon the reign and sovereignty: of Tony Blair and New Labour; of the massive changes that he brought about within the Labour Party; then and only then do I realise that his elevation was indeed a coup d’├ętat by the agents and supporters of capitalism, and the most successful ever executed in the history of that party. Oh yes, Blair was a winner and from the very start of his political carer, but before I consider his dramatic climb up the Labour ladder and some of the highlights of his leadership. I would like to draw attention to his albeit brief occupation as a barrister and his last case, in which he represented employers in a legal dispute. He appeared in the Employment Appeal Tribunal on behalf of the employers who were denying the unfair dismissal of garment home workers in 1984, his arguments to deny the woman unfair dismissal rights were thankfully and emphatically rejected in the judgment; incidentally and in point of fact, the employers also lost in the Court of Appeal.

Well I suppose then, that young Blair did not win everything after all, well apparently not in his first carer. However the point that needs to be noted; is that 10 years before becoming the leader of the Labour Party. Blair acted on the behalf of an employer in a nasty dispute with workers then engaged in low-paid, precarious home-based work. They often worked in unsafe and unhealthy conditions. They lacked rights at work, including to pregnancy and maternity protection. The long hours they worked were typical for the garment industry of the time, and often come into conflict with the women's ability to fulfil their other responsibilities as expected of them, to shoulder in their families. So this was the short of work he was doing then, so ‘how the hell’ did this enemy of workers become leader of the Labour Party, is a question that must be asked. And I will tell you; he went into the Labour Party with the sole intention of serving capitalism and his own class interests. He used every cunning method, tactics and playacting at his disposal or what he had learnt from training and practice in the capitalist courts, including lying, that deliberate act of deviating from the truth, as he must have done with the garment home workers.

His election as Leader of the Labour Party was built on a pile of lies, and one could spend all-day listing them, here is an early lie sent in a letter to then party leader Michael Foot in 1982: "I come to Socialism through Marxism" and considered myself on the left.

The letter was eventually published in June 2006.

Well the one thing that I don’t want to do is turn this into some short of long rambling post about Tony Blair. We all know what his contribution has been in the world and still live with it everyday and possibly for years to come, unless we can transform things in the time that is to come.

So under his leadership he was able to change the Labour Party into a vehicle that was more accommodating to capitalism, he won over middle England with his modern and moderate New Labour Party, by getting rid of it’s historical challenge to capitalism through it’s commitment to Nationalisation; this involved the deletion of the party's long stated commitment to "the common ownership of the means of production and exchange". He won over middle and working class Tories who keep him in power for ten of the thirteen years that New Labour governed the UK.

His transformation of the party has made it more undemocratic than ever, and remaining so, by the look of things and for the foreseeable future.

Statistics shows that much like Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, New Labour have firmly shifted the financial burden form the rich to the poor. The richest 1% has captured a higher share of national income than at any time since the early 1930s.

Aside from selling off Britain's gold reserves at rock-bottom prices, New Labour has cut corporation tax from 33% to 28%, whilst capital gains tax fell from 40% to 18%.

Taxing the first £2m of capital gains at only 10% via the entrepreneurs’ relief scheme and also raising the inheritance tax threshold from £300,000 to £600,000, in it’s acquisition on behalf of capitalism; to blocking the employment rights for temporary and agency workers (reminding me yet again of the garment workers), further bolsters the view that New Labour was and is in the hands of the business class as opposed to the working-class.

And let’s not forget that New Labour has created 3,500 new criminal offences, increased the number of prisons by 41%, seriously attempted to introduce 96 days detention without trial, and famously tried to ban a legal anti-war demonstration in October 2008 upon the return of Parliament.

Britain now has more CCTV cameras than any other nation on earth; and New Labour famously turned its back on its promise to renationalize the railways after the Conservatives had privatized it.

Despite a 2million strong march in London opposing the impending war, British Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair (along with a majority of Labour MPs) ignored public opinion and sent British troops into Iraq standing alongside U.S President George W. Bush, two years after Blair had sent British troops into Afghanistan in a U.S led NATO operation.

This of all things will always be engraved on New Labour’s political tombstone for decades to come.

So what more powerfully persuasive evidence than that above which suggests that New Labour is the creation of a class of infiltrators?

Just one thing stands out amongst everything; is the fact that from 2004 to 2007-08, the number of people in households living on less than 60% of median income rose by 1.3 million - producing a total better than in 1997, but worse than in 1989. This was of course prior to the recession.

In addition, the average real incomes of the poorest tenth in Britain declined by 2% in the 10 years to 2007-08 under New Labour.

The gap between rich and poor in Britain is wider today than when Charles Dickens wrote Hard Times.

After 13 years of Labour government, the UK has higher levels of inequality than after 18 years of Tory government, its predecessor!”

When Kier Hardie, the first ever Labour MP founded the Labour Party, he envisaged a party which would safeguard the whims, needs, desires and aspirations of the average working-class man.

It is an ideology which many British voters encapsulate when they mark their ballots for the Labour party. But is this still true today, and can the Labour Party under a new leader work ever in the interests of working people, that question will be given consideration in my last and final post coming soon.
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2 comments:

Chris H said...

Spot on!

Consider the aspirations of people like Hardie, Lansbury and others for the Labour Party and the working man. Then look at what the LP has become. Something, somewhere has gone dreadfully wrong with the LP.

Norbert said...

Thanks Comrade Chris H,

I think the best that can be said about the Labour Party is: 'water down a dead ducks back; a clear colourless odourless tasteless liquid and no more!"

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