MILIBAND: THE SONG NOT THE SINGER?
The ConDems are the most unpopular government in living memory. Crushing the poor and force-feeding the rich. Suicides increase by people unable to cope with miserly benefits, yet Labour’s lead limps between 1% and 4%. Why?
The would-be political assassins of Ed Miliband are condemned by Labour worthies like Hain and Blunkett who argue that Ed should get on the doorstep to project Labour’s policies.
If he did it would go like this: ‘Vote for me and I’ll maintain the ConDem spending cap; vote for me and I’ll maintain the public sector wage freeze; vote for me and the privatised utilities will remain in private hands; vote for me and the Health Care Act will be repealed but there’s little I can do about the privatisation of the NHS; vote for me and I’ll be tougher with the unemployed than the ConDems; vote for me and I’ll maintain the most vicious anti-trade union laws in Western Europe.’
Ed’s problem is not that he looks silly eating a bacon sandwich, but that Labour offers a continuation of austerity not fundamentally different to the ConDems.
Those socialists who remain with Labour should realise now is the time to put their energies in to building a new mass party of the working class spearheaded by TUSC thus offering a clear Socialist alternative to the electorate.