Tuesday, 9 September 2008

So this is Labour's idea of 'fairness'

Fairness is not a Labour value - it is a British virtue. Fairness means taking your turn in the queue, it means (to borrow the Australian phrase) a 'fair go' for everyone, with no barriers to any citizen. Fairness is based on common-sense morality; it means not taking advantage by foul means. Fairness in WWII gave every person in Britain, including the King, the same ration card. When there's hard work to do, it's 'fair' that everyone lays their hand to the capstan. 'Fair' means that the same rules, and the same sanctions, apply to all. It means that you don't discriminate on taste grounds. Fair means that merit is rewarded, that skill is recognised and ability is prized. Fair also means that those things that prevent our people, our communities and our nation from reaching their potentials are dealt with. Fair means not allowing individuals to be unfairly disadvantaged. Fair means that socially destructive actions are punished, that collective sanctions are applied against unfairness. Fair means equitable.

We have had a decade of Labour 'fairness' and this is what it's given us:
  • 5m welfare slaves trapped as clients of the Leviathan State as Labour have pulled up the ladder of social mobility
  • 40% of 11 year olds unable to read, write or add-up to the most basic level
  • Britain has dropped from 4th to 11th place in terms of international competitiveness under Labour, blocking investment, growth and prosperity for our people
  • A million children attending failing schools (National Audit Office)
  • Violent crime on our streets that sees another black child in the mortuary each week in London
  • Uncontrolled immigration that has failed to raise per capita GDP by one penny but has placed unsustainable strain on our housing, services and infrastructure
  • £5bn a year taken from the pension savings of the prudent, leaving many unable to pay winter fuel bills
  • The criminalisation of the law-abiding coping classes at the heart of a fair society
  • Stable two-parent families disadvantaged and discouraged by Labour tax and rewards policy
  • A decade of increasing drug-abuse, indebtedness and crime
  • The destruction of available NHS dentistry, leaving 1m citizens without basic dental care
  • The encouragement of a federal Europe that costs the nation £40bn a year in contributions and direct and indirect regulatory costs
  • Institutionalised discrimination in favour of those with less merit, that withholds rewards from the capable, the talented and the skilled and drags down economic efficiency
  • An unsustainable tax burden on wealth creators, individual and corporate, that forces 200,000 citizens abroad each year and causes global firms to locate elsewhere
  • A bloated, unaccountable quasi public sector riddled with inefficiency, corruption and graft
  • A failure to invest in transport infrastructure, increasing travel-time costs, lowering economic efficiency
  • A failure to invest in basic flood and coastal protection, leaving millions at risk of loss
  • Mismanagement of the nation's energy supplies, leaving us vulnerable to Russian oligarchs with little security
  • The gross betrayal of our fighting forces that fails even to ensure our fundamental national security
  • The suffocating pressure of a Socialist Central State that destroys local democracy, innovation, and the franchisement of citizens and which has driven 16m electors from the polls
  • The most illiberal and restrictive measures on individual activities including a smoking ban that is closing five pubs a day across the country, destroying centuries of social capital and disconnecting communities
  • A record of greed, sleaze and corruption within the Labour Party; a culture in which failure, vice, mendacity and incompetence are forgiven and rewarded
This is not a record of 'fairness'. This is a record of unfairness. Every citizen in our nation has been betrayed by this loathsome party; children, the old, the sick, the hard-working, those who want to get on in life and make a better place for their children, the wealth creators, the talented and imaginative, the law-abiding, the self-sufficient, the entrepreneurs and investors, the disabled, the poor, families and every single person who aspires to a better life in a strong and fair nation. Labour has failed more utterly to uphold fairness in our land than even the rule of a foreign totalitarian monster could achieve.

A curse on them. May the word 'fair' burn their mouths like vitriol every time they move their flabby deceiving lips to mouth it. There is nothing as unfair as Labour's Leviathan State.

5 comments:

River Dee said...

And the Tories would have done better how? Whilst you make some good points, your obvious hatred for labour seems to be responsible for what can only be described as a rash and OTT list of criticisms not unlike something from The Sun.

You say it's Labour that is responsible for the lack of 'fairness' within British society, whereas the link below clearly shows a considerable amount of evidence that it was Thatcherism that created this British "underclass" we witness today.

http://www.ministryoftruth.me.uk/2008/08/29/inequality-and-the-80s/

"Uncontrolled immigration that has failed to raise per capita GDP by one penny but has placed unsustainable strain on our housing, services and infrastructure"

Whilst immigration levels (of illegal ones anyway) need controlling, one can't say immigration hasn't been of a huge benefit to our economy in the last few years. Without them, our current economic woes would have started way before they currently have done. To say they harm services and infrastructure is ridiculous when you consider the number who are doctors, nurses etc, and what kind of measure of welfare is GDP per capita anyway? It gives a vague indication, but such purely monetary measures are extremely limited.

"The encouragement of a federal Europe that costs the nation £40bn a year in contributions and direct and indirect regulatory costs

Don't tell me your saying EU integration hasn't been of a huge benefit to the UK economy? Okay, the CAP is a bunch of bollocks and a huge waste of money, but trade (and improving it) is the life-bloody of any economy.

"A failure to invest in transport infrastructure, increasing travel-time costs, lowering economic efficiency"

No, it was years and years of Conservative under-investment that messed up our countries railways etc. The deregulation by the Tories to create contestable markets didn't achieve what it set out to, I really don't see how Labour can be blamed for the ills of transport.

"Mismanagement of the nation's energy supplies, leaving us vulnerable to Russian oligarchs with little security"

Are we not investing in nuclear power to remedy this?

"The most illiberal and restrictive measures on individual activities including a smoking ban that is closing five pubs a day across the country, destroying centuries of social capital and disconnecting communities"

The smoking ban is not responsible for the closure of pubs. High rises in pub beer prices, relatively cheaper supermarket alcohol and a decline in the social attitude of NATIVES (a desire to only socialise with people who share very similar preferences and views to yourself) is responsible for this. For a good view on this, read http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/article4662158.ece

"A record of greed, sleaze and corruption within the Labour Party;"
Aren't all political parties guilty of this. It's what the Tories are famous for!

Of course I'm not saying here because I reckon the Tories would be worse Labour are innocent, the current establishment is still full of pricks, but some of your arguments seem to be based on nothing more than modern day hysteria.

"Violent crime on our streets that sees another black child in the mortuary each week in London"

Yeah, there's never been stabbings before. Bet labour were in power when Jack The Ripper was about!!!

John B said...

Not quite sure why I'm bothering but:

* 5m welfare slaves trapped as clients of the Leviathan State as Labour have pulled up the ladder of social mobility

...is slightly lower than they inherited. Mrs T was the creator of the mass-unemployed class (whether you accept it was necessary to do so or not)

* 40% of 11 year olds unable to read, write or add-up to the most basic level

...is slightly better than they inherited.

* Britain has dropped from 4th to 11th place in terms of international competitiveness under Labour, blocking investment, growth and prosperity for our people

Competitiveness is a narrow economic measure based on labour unit costs. The recent decline in the £/€ and £/$ rate (taking us back, roughly, to where we were against the DM and the $ in 1997) will put the the UK back up the table.

* A million children attending failing schools (National Audit Office)

# in 1997 was? (I don't know either, but you're the one claiming it's particularly Bad).

* Violent crime on our streets that sees another black child in the mortuary each week in London

...is lower than in 1997.

Uncontrolled immigration that has failed to raise per capita GDP by one penny but has placed unsustainable strain on our housing, services and infrastructure

Even bloody Migration Watch admit it's raised per capita GDP, just not by as much as some thought (and also, immigrants' contribution to per capita GDP are already offset in the data by any damage to the economy that 'strain on our housing, services and infrastructure' does).

"* £5bn a year taken from the pension savings of the prudent, leaving many unable to pay winter fuel bills"

Are you referring to the change in dividend taxation that was offset by a cut in corporation tax that left investors (ie pension funds) in the same position as before?

"* The criminalisation of the law-abiding coping classes at the heart of a fair society"

This sentence doesn't actually contain a factual assertion, so I'm struggling to refute it.

* Stable two-parent families disadvantaged and discouraged by Labour tax and rewards policy

Barely. And if your relationship is so poor that you're willing to break up to save a few quid a week in tax, then I'm not convinced it's worth saving.

* A decade of increasing drug-abuse, indebtedness and crime

Crime's fallen, as has drug abuse. Indebtedness is up, yes (although is it up once netted against household wealth? I'm less convinced).

I'll try and make time to do the second half at some point.

River Dee said...

Turns out the Tories were in power when Jack the Ripper was about in 1888, the Marquess of Salisbury was Prime Minster. I know this isn't really relevant and I'm just responding to my own hyperbole but hey, now you know.

Blue Eyes said...

Classic arguments there from the Left: the Tories are just as bad therefore we are better. Labour came to power promising fairness combined with efficiency. Labour has achieved neither. Things are static or worse than they were in 1997. Pat on the back. Well Done.

John B said...

"# The destruction of available NHS dentistry, leaving 1m citizens without basic dental care"

Toothbrush and toothpaste = basic dental care, no?

"# The encouragement of a federal Europe that costs the nation £40bn a year in contributions and direct and indirect regulatory costs"

According to one made-up study, perhaps.

# Institutionalised discrimination in favour of those with less merit, that withholds rewards from the capable, the talented and the skilled and drags down economic efficiency

I'm again struggling to work out what you're referring to here? Putting bright kids from crap schools ahead of thick kids from posh schools in the queue for uni? Making it illegal to refuse to hire minorities?

# An unsustainable tax burden on wealth creators, individual and corporate, that forces 200,000 citizens abroad each year and causes global firms to locate elsewhere

I wonder what proportion of the 200,000 go to lower-tax societies? Given that we've lower taxes than most of the rest of Europe, and that a large proportion of emigrants end up elsewhere in Europe, perhaps not so much.

On global firms "locating elsewhere", that's a brass plate, an accountant, a lawyer and some secretaries - no real impact on the UK economy.

# A bloated, unaccountable quasi public sector riddled with inefficiency, corruption and graft

This is probably fair.

# A failure to invest in transport infrastructure, increasing travel-time costs, lowering economic efficiency

IIRC the government spent tens of billions sorting out the disastrous railway system it inherited; now that's pretty much done, Thameslink, the East London Line and Crossrail are all happening. Road-wise, they've carried out the most expensive widening project ever on the M1.

# A failure to invest in basic flood and coastal protection, leaving millions at risk of loss

Or people could, err, not live on flood plains and expect the government to bail them out?

# Mismanagement of the nation's energy supplies, leaving us vulnerable to Russian oligarchs with little security

What the *flaming hell* d'you think they should've done? Invaded Norway? Or are you suggesting we should have spent 10 years subsidising economically unviable coal purely to avoid having to buy gas?

# The gross betrayal of our fighting forces that fails even to ensure our fundamental national security

What does that even mean?

# The suffocating pressure of a Socialist Central State that destroys local democracy, innovation, and the franchisement of citizens and which has driven 16m electors from the polls

What does that even mean?

# The most illiberal and restrictive measures on individual activities including a smoking ban that is closing five pubs a day across the country, destroying centuries of social capital and disconnecting communities

No it isn't. The smoking ban had a small, one-off effect on pub closures, but aside from the blip in the second half of last year the trend line hasn't changed. Pubs are closing because people are drinking at home more - we've shifted from a society that consumed something like 75% of booze in the pub to one which consumes something like 60% at home, and nearly all of that shift happened pre-ban.

# A record of greed, sleaze and corruption within the Labour Party; a culture in which failure, vice, mendacity and incompetence are forgiven and rewarded

I'd agree this is a good reason to kick them out - but the wibbling about how they've Destroyed Our Country (rather than being an entirely typical bunch of politicians who you wouldn't want to babysit your kids, who're mildly inept, who haven't made much of a difference to anything, but who presided over 10 years of decent economic growth by not doing anything particularly stupid to stop it) is insane.