Labour's New Deal for working people... - The Labour Party

The Labour Party • 4 months ago   863     722  •  18.6K Views

Labour's New Deal for working people will make Britain the best place to grow up and old in.

Watch Angela Rayner tell you how:

Janet Lawrence
Janet Lawrence4 months ago

I spent an hour reading Keir Starmer’s essay, an hour I could have made better use of. First thing I note is it is published by The Fabian Society. That tells us the target audience is not the 150,000 who have registered their opinion by leaving the party. It is not even for the remaining faithful, it is for the mainstream media so that they can infuence floating voters. It seeks to capture their vote regardless of the cost to principle.

The opening offers ‘a crossroad’ of choices. One, Sir Keir opines, offers the extension of current woes . The other is an inclusive paradigm that is based on the “contributions of all”. But, Starmer doesn’t mean that. Forget the Labour Party’s founding principles like those of Sydney & Beatrice Webb. Forget equality, I refer to Starmer’s preference to shift control of Labour back to the Parliamentary elite. I refer to the expulsion of ‘the wrong kind of Jews’. People like Graham Bash, Jo Bird, Mike Cushman, Michael Ellman, Michael Howard, Moshe Machover, Diana Neslen, Jonathan Rosenhead, Glyn Secker, Stephen Solley, George Wilmers, Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, not anti-semitic, all Jewish but socialists which is Starmer’s real bête noire.

Starmer has produced a Johnson style wish list with not a word of how it could be achieved. Take for instance Starmer’s position on climate. He says he is not averse to airport expansion and points to hydrogen or even battery powered aircraft as a route to cleaner air travel. The problem is those aircraft are at least 10 - 15 years from taking to the air. Climate change is here, now. He envies the Tory party’s ability to ‘shed its skin’ and present a new face. What I infer from the sentiments he expresses is he wants his own ‘Blair’ moment. Get rid of the lefties, return power to the Parliamentary elite he controls, eradicate dissenting voices and avoid the traps of declaring a position. Socialists scare him that is the true reason for his treatment of Corbyn.

Socialism was the response to the grasping capitalism that thrived on the exploitation of people. Can anyone claim that the human condition has changed so much that the threat of exploitation by the few has vanished? Has the wealth gap grown or shrunk since Blair marched us down the neoliberal road? There is not a word in Starmer’s essay about “common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange.” There is no criticism of the privatised industries that have served us so poorly and so expensively since Thatcher’s day. Why? Because Starmer wants power and his strategy is to portray his Labour party as a revision of Blair’s. Corbyn was a constant reminder of Labour’s founding principles so he had to go.

Starmer would like to have the activists, to provide funds, to campaign, knock on doors. Unfortunately most left the party after the neolib putsch that saw Corbyn removed in a tidal wave of lies and treachery. For Starmer this presents a problem that he addresses with the sophistry of the essay. Warm and cuddly words devoid of substance. All he does is reveal his reluctance to admit that he is, like Blair, a Tory wannabe. Principles make uncomfortable baggage for a professional politician, a sea anchor that hinders a ‘flexible’ approach to politics. Starmer prefers to travel light because that is what neolibs do.

Adam Jolly
Adam Jolly4 months ago

'We will do some things that may in some instances possibly encourage some people in positions of authority to perhaps, sometimes, if it isn't too much trouble, allow you to access some level of food and shelter. Possibly.'


Tom Jones
Tom Jones4 months ago

Best thing Angela can do in Brighton, is to join Starmer and Evans on a long walk down the short pier.

Mark Peel
Mark Peel4 months ago

Release the Forde Report.

Christopher James Farmer
Christopher James Farmer4 months ago

Yayyy. That must mean pensions are going up to better than German and French and tenancies are going to be as well protected. . No twith the present bunch of squires running the labour party methinks

Robert Levers
Robert Levers4 months ago

There's always been a "New deal" from "Labour"...It never appears

Keith Davies
Keith Davies4 months ago

Before she gets elected Labour leader, the Party needs to ensure that the job is easier to do. The demands from the Unions, Party members, MPs etc need to be channelled so that the Leader can focus on presenting the Party policies as viable alternatives to Tory right wing atrocities not balancing conflicting demands ...

John Morton
John Morton4 months ago

I don't want Britain (or the UK, for that matter) to be in some competition to be the "best". Rather, I want to see international co-operation to make conditions better for everybody, everywhere.

Marian Brannigan
Marian Brannigan4 months ago

I am old already and not happy with the current situation.
Because I was a stay at home mum for 10 years I have less than a full state pension and only a small private pension. There was no maternity leave then anyway and almost no childcare available so I didn't have a choice.
Now I am suffering the penalty of becoming a mother at the wrong time.

Jill Leigh
Jill Leigh4 months ago

What sort of pledge is this? In the past we had trade unions who ensured we got a fair wage. Surely its our trade unions we need to empower again so that we balance the power struggle. We dont want a pledge we want our power reinstated !