Letter to Liverpool Echo


George Orwell would delight in the rich harvest of doublespeak emerging from the mouths of those who have hijacked the country’s governance.

Duncan Smith’s claim that he resigned because of the attacks on the disabled is cynical and hypocritical. He pushed the bedroom tax, Universal Credit, ATOS, the persecution of disabled people who were sanctioned when incapable of work. He presided over the increase in suicides among those deprived of benefit. He is committed to full-blooded austerity while his fellow fat cat friends continue to enrich themselves.

His resignation letter, designed to position himself for a top job in the events of a bad EU result for Cameron, targets pensioners with the suggestion that the cuts would have been fairer to younger people if benefits given to pensioners were reduced.  This is another cynical ploy to divide the old from the young.

His action reveals a government in chaos, interested only in its self preservation. Calling for an apology from these people is meaningless.

Now is the time for the TUC to act on its policy of preparing a massive campaign of opposition to all austerity including mass industrial action to force this shambles of a government to retreat.

John McDonnell eulogises Mayor Anderson

Fresh from his advice that councillors couldn’t fight the cuts, John McDonnell makes this astounding observation in response to a question from the Liverpool Echo:

What do you make of Joe Anderson as Mayor of Liverpool?

“I think he’s been a really strong voice for Liverpool. A strong voice, dynamic and absolutely committed, working himself into the ground basically for the city and I think he’s done a great job. He’s one of the best advocates Liverpool has had for decades, to be honest.

“And when he comes down to London his voice is heard. He lobbies ministers. Within the Labour party he’s extremely well respected because of the advocacy he does on behalf of the city. I think he’s turning the city around. He’s got great ideas”

With all the respect I can muster, I think John is wildly out of touch and he should be reminded he is a member of Corbyn’s anti-austerity team. In that capacity he should make time to speak to those who have suffered from the £340m cuts Anderson’s council has imposed on the city’s neediest. John McDonnell’s stance is a slap in the face of all those campaigning to save libraries, to defend the disabled and the aged, and all those who suffered as a result if Mayor Anderson’s slavish implementation of Tory cuts. Not forgetting that he gave arch-Austerity supporter Lord Heseltine the Freedom of the City.