The reading through of the Ed Miliband speech to his annual party conference, is no great task I like, and have to do it in stages; to be honest I find the leaders speech always boring, crafted and practised, soundbites, jokes and all, very theatrical and staged managed affairs; and its like selling sand to Eskimos in the Inuit and Yupik language of two tribes”.
I think the next general election is going to get more personal between Miliband and Cameron, more personal than the usual stuff we get on these occasions. Miliband is making a strong pitch with his strand of new One Nation Labourism, and whatever that means. I don’t think that it even stands for the development of a collective organization of working people, to campaign in their own interest for better treatment from their employers and governments, in particular through the implementation of specific laws governing labour relations in our favor.
Nothing in the Miliband Speech alouds in passage to the part Trade Unionist’s have in our movement and society, millions of trade unionists have been on the front line fighting for their jobs and defending services in the public sector; at this moment I’m thinking about the attacks on groups of workers like the coming fight in the fire service; in London that battle has the potential of becoming nasty in time. I understand that a Swedish-based security (Securitas) company has been training its workers ahead of today's national strike, and 27 engines - from a fleet of 167 are being kept in a Territorial Army base in south west London. Mayor of London Boris Johnson is eagerly pushing this fight with the FBU and has confirmed that Westminster fire station would close as part of a massive program of cuts to the service; this closer more than any other could mean the public or should I say tourists being put at risk in the event of and ‘god forbid’ a major emergency that holds the risk to the loss of many lives; that crews from stations in the famous Shaftesbury Avenue often first on the scene if a fire breaks out in one of Soho’s many restaurants could spell a real disaster, if this service station is taken out, the crews are specialist in navigating the rabbit warren of streets.
My point being that there are many fights and struggles going on in and around our movement; we are fighting on many fronts, todays trade unionists take greater risks fighting for the retention of hard won gains of the past, so when the junior partner in the coalition brags at his conference that they stopped the Tories from further attacks on civil liberties, including more legislation to control if not stop the activities of our movement in the workplace, by them taking direct and militant class action to achieve this political and social goal, would make you not think that a true Socialist leader’ would stop talking nonsense and calling people friends, a true Socialist party doesn't turn the class struggle into a pantomime, it is not an act of kindness, or a courtesy required - a true Socialist party with or without leaders should always support workers in struggle thats the first port of call and it would have been nice had Miliband payed tribute to them.
The rising tide lifts all boats, now the rising tide just seems to lift the yachts” quote was good, but Miliband did lose and confuse me when he said that the scaffolder he met in the street near his home and coming home from a local cafe had told him that he earns a decent wage, but I still can’t make ends meet”?
Miliband, the Labour Party and going by his speech offers nothing new, and I can’t read the rest of his speech I don’t understand the Inuit and Yupik language.