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Thursday, 11 June 2015

Labour move to wear UKIP's clothes

After Labour were trounced by the Conservatives in the north over devolution and policies giving rise to the 'Northern powerhouse', policies that should have been Labour's, it is perhaps hardly surprising that Labour is now looking at wearing UKIP's Eurosceptic clothes. As Seumas Milne writes in the Grauniad;
But what’s true of the eurozone is also true of the wider European Union, where privatisation, deregulation and lack of democratic accountability have been built into successive treaties. That’s epitomised by the secret EU-US negotiations over the TTIP trade deal – a debate in the European parliament had to be called off on Wednesday because of the scale of opposition – which would enforce “liberalisation” through corporate arbitration tribunals. 

It’s a long way from the days of former commission president Jacques Delors, when the European Union was sold to a British labour movement, punch drunk from Margaret Thatcher’s onslaught, as a “social Europe” that would deliver social and employment rights to sweeten the pill of the corporate-controlled single market.....

But it’s essential that the case for radical change in Europe – and a break with its anti-democratic, corporate-controlled structures – is not abandoned to the right.
Could Labour's support in the Commons for the Referendum Bill signal perhaps the biggest shift in British politics since the rise of UKIP - the conversion of Labour to an anti-EU party?


Nick Drew said...

well if Labour doesn't mop up the C2/D UKIP vote by 2020 it really is stuffed

they probably need the C1s as well

short of another financial crisis + mass unemployment, this sounds like a bit of a stretch

Anonymous said...

It's a tough one isn't it? Has Labour seen sense, or has it just seen an opportunity to court votes? I think the latter.

Coney Island

TrT said...

Electorally labour needs to reform, but is the party able to?

Is it going to be able to keep the metropolitan vote that believes no brown people are to blame for their crimes and win over the white working classes that actually faces the reality of that policy on the ground?
Its easy for the tories to say they'll roll back employment law, its harder for labour to say it, because the HR staff who administrate that law are all labour voters, and their jobs are reliant on that law.

Especially given people like me will be burning their house down around them whilst they try?

Ed P said...

It seems unlikely that the party most in favour of state control of every aspect of our lives could become anti-EU whilst retaining any respect from voters. But it's a long time until they choose a leader for the next election - I cannot believe any of the five uninspiring would-be caretakers on offer will last more than 2 years. So a lurch away from authoritarianism might improve their electability, if it's not perceived as merely opportunistic.

Anonymous said...

I believe that we will see the "Labour" Party split into two separate parties during the course of this next parliament.

There is too much tension within the present party for any of the contenders for the leadership to hold it all together. None of them have the charm, nor personality of a future B-Lair, to keep the pot from boiling over.

We are witnessing the death throws of the present "Labour" Party. What will arise from the ashes?

That all depends which trouser leg of history the leemings decide to go down.

Anonymous said...

The Labour party faces an impossible contradiction.

How can it support unlimited immigration, and commit itself to raising the living standards of the indigenous people?

It has to choose one or the other. Right now it's chosen the first which is why the locals are going to continue to defect to UKIP as right now its clear the Labour party doesn't give a flying fuck about the locals.

Anonymous said...

The immigration rate is averaging 5 million per decade so whatever the debate is today is immaterial. Overpopulation will impoverish millions and the biodiversity of the British Isles will suffer horribly. This is happening, it isn't a scare story as the ONS will soon reveal the population is growing so fast the last prediction was out by 15-20 per cent and the next more so. Will live in an finite space, go figure.


G. Tingey said...

Or are they re-discovering what Wedgie Benn told them years ago?
That the EU is a corrupt, corporate "Bosses" ramp?

Anonymous said...

Dear Raedwald

From the ONS for the amusement of your readers, feel free to play with this:

Unfortunately it's not in colour...