Labour Leadership Losers
On the very night of their defeat in the fixed British General Election of May 2015, the Labour Party leader Ed Miliband resigned, taking full responsibility for their projected defeat, then on that same night, or later on the same day, other Labour Party MPs started announcing their plans to stand for the Labour Party leadership. Meanwhile, the Labour Party is led for the second time by Acting Leader Harriet Harman.
Even from opinion polls in December 2014 it was clear that the Labour Party couldn’t win a majority because they had lost enough support in Scotland to the SNP to ensure that the SNP would see a massive increase in their number of seats. This meant that Labour would have to rely on SNP support to form a government. When I heard about this, I thought it was great news and that Scotland should become independent after the SNP had saved my life from the Conservatives and Labour, who both want to kill me just because I’ve been rejected by the employers. As we saw in May 2015, the scenario of a minority Labour government supported by the SNP was avoided by a fixed general election, giving the Tories a small overall majority.
Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Liz Kendall, and Jeremy Corbyn are the names on the Labour Leadership ballot paper. Who exactly are they? What parts have they played in the past, and what do they believe in now?
Andy Burnham joined the Labour Party in 1984 when Neil Kinnock was leader, but was elected as an MP in 2001, about six years after Labour became “new Labour”. He was born and went to school in Liverpool, so he must have seen the destruction that Mrs Thatcher unleashed on that city. This doesn’t necessarily mean that he wants to avoid more of it, just that he wants to avoid it happening to him. He has recently confessed his policies of attacking the benefits system, described by some Thatcherite voters as giving an “easy ride” to people on benefits. He has even admitted to supporting some of the Conservatives’ £12 billion cuts to welfare. He’s just licking Rupert Murdoch’s and The Daily Mail’s boots! This should leave people in no doubt that if they’re rejected by employers, then their benefits will be cut or even stopped if Andy Burnham became Labour leader. This means that employers (more like unemployers) and Jobcentre staff would continue to have the power of life and death over unemployed and unfit workers.
Yvette Cooper became an MP at the time of the “new Labour” landslide in May 1997. Before that she had worked for Shadow Chancellor John Smith in 1990, but this was followed up by working for the evil Thatcherite/neoliberal Bill Clinton during his US Presidential campaign in 1992. Bill Clinton refused to abolish slave labour “workfare” schemes, which later spread to other countries round the World. It was Bill Clinton’s deregulation of US mortgages which led to the financial crash and credit crunch. In Britain the people who were given these mortgages would probably have been given Housing Benefit or Council Housing. Yvette Cooper has even had the fuckin’ cheek to mention her time with Bill Clinton in a recent speech of hers which she made after the general election. I think this is plenty to give her a bad name.
Liz Kendall joined the Labour Party in 1992. Neil Kinnock was still leader for part of that year, before it began the transition to “new Labour”, but she only became an MP about 14-15 years after it became “new Labour” in 2010, so has always sat in the opposition. Her Dad was a senior Bank of England Official. She was one of the co authors of “The Purple Book”, which may be as significant to Labour as “The Orange Book” was for the treacherous Lib Dems, in laying out Labour’s future Thatcherite plans. This book contains lots of policies copied from the Conservative Party, and is supported by the independent organisation Progress, a Blairite group founded in 1995.
Jeremy Corbyn was elected in 1983, 12-13 years before Labour became “new Labour”, but the same year that Tony Blair was elected as an MP, so that doesn’t prove anything. He is a member of the Campaign group in the Labour Party, which is much less influential than it used to be, founded with 21 members , it may once have had about 50 members, but now has only 9 members, since most of its members have either left office or died. He sat for the whole 13 years of the “new Labour” government, trying to pretend that he didn’t agree with what they were doing, but that it was nothing to do with him. He has been accused of campaigning on issues which he can’t implement, because they’re not Labour Party policy. He has been praised for defying the Labour whip about 25% of the time, but that doesn’t mean much, because Labour Party policies are wrong almost 100% of the time. Jeremy Corbyn just scraped onto the Labour leadership ballot with 35 supporters. This is 15% of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP). Even then, some of those MPs said it was just to enable a debate about the kind of Labour Party leadership they wanted. This means that 85% of Labour Party MPs didn’t support Jeremy Corbyn, and I think that over 85% of Labour Party MPs are against the policies that Jeremy Corbyn advocates. Jeremy Corbyn has admitted that party machinery stops “left wingers” from getting anywhere. They’re prevented from becoming junior ministers, and usually blocked from even standing as candidates for parliament. As the Labour leader has no executive powers to impose policies, but Tony Blair managed this as a smarmy git (i.e. a manipulative, bullying gang leader), this means that a Labour Party with Jeremy Corbyn as leader wouldn’t adopt socialist policies, as followed by the Labour Party up until about 1995.
I’m not really interested in the current Labour Party, or its MPs, because they don’t represent me. Most of their names are unfamiliar to me. I was trying to compile a list of Labour MPs along with the years they were first elected, but I found that this would be very difficult. I think it’s enough to realise that in 1997 there was a large increase of Labour MPs, when Labour had recently become “new Labour”. The number of Labour MPs increased from 271 at the 1992 election to 418 at the 1997 election. This marked an increase of 147 Labour MPs, who I assume were all “new Labour”, plus some Labour MPs elected before then, who had been persuaded to convert to “new Labour”. From that point, the Thatcherite/neoliberal “new Labour” MPs have been in a majority, which has increased as a percentage since 1997.
The biggest failures of the “new Labour” government of 1997-2010 were their refusal to abolish the main Thatcherite policies of Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA) with its benefit sanctions and slave labour schemes, their refusal to abolish the policy of preventing people from claiming benefits for 26 weeks if they had to give up their job for any reason at all, their refusal to renationalise the privatised public utilities, as well as their refusal to punish bankers such as Lazard Brothers for being involved in the privatisations, their refusal to abolish the anti picketing laws, and their refusal to exempt people who didn’t own a home from paying the Council Tax.
Don’t forget, all of the current schemes, slogans, and media manipulation are for the simple reason that British general elections aren’t held under a proportional representation electoral system. This single fact makes it impossible to have a multi party democracy. Mrs Thatcher’s Conservative governments never ever got over 50% of the votes. Most of the electorate were against the Conservatives, but because not all of them voted for the same party, people didn’t get the left wing governments they wanted. After this, Labour had the idea that adopting Thatcherite/neoliberal policies and licking Rupert Murdoch’s boots were the best tactics they could use to get elected.
While there must be one winner of the Labour leadership election, I say don’t vote Labour, because they’re all losers! Vote Green for change whenever there’s an election.
At the end of the day, alternative currency is the only answer. More details about this soon.