Jonathan Freedland says that Labour needs to get its socks pulled up and start yelling at how ‘two-faced’ the current government is. I disagree, 100% disagree.
What Labour needs to do is, with a miracle, elect a leader that will move the party from the current right-wing twattery back to the left. Who knows, a left-winger could be acting as advisor to one or more of the current crop of leadership contenders. It could be the reason that some of them are voicing the odd left-wingish verbiage. They could be testing the water to see the reaction they get, maybe. Though what they have to remember is that people do have long memories – something the current government had better get a grasp on soon, too. The election campaign run on making it all hard for everyone because we are all in this together – and then slapping out pure blood Tory policy once in office will not be forgotten. This is only strengthened when the cuts hit, jobs – thousands of jobs, are lost in both public and private sector, with the added strawberry on top of a further recession. All this after the last election winners said they would keep the country out of that double-dip.
But perhaps Janus, the Roman god that stared into both the past and the future, might offer a clue.
This is something that I do agree with. But certainly not the recent past as Jonathan speaks of. That would be the New Labour era and that era was rejected by so many of those who voted and by those of the left and the core vote who didn’t. Where so many moved away from New Labour that is the indicator of where in the past Labour should look. Look back to John Smith’s Labour party. I would look forward to any of the current crop of leadership runners to embrace many of the things John Smith did. It would be interesting and a turn away from the Blairism of New Labour.
Now is not the time to be in government. Certainly not for a Labour Party that has to renew by looking back and embracing where the road turned right and went so wrong. Even if it was true that Brown was going to cut, even if it were true that VAT was to be raised – all that this would have done would show, even more, if needed, that New Labour were the Tories so many saw them for, and still do. You can yell and scream as much as you like – the time is not now. As this government earns more its nickname of ConDem with valid reasoning let them do so. Let them have their rope, it was, after all going to happen under a New Labour government. The time couldn’t have come better for Labour to lose. It could be the inspiration for a renewal, it should be. I cannot see, no matter how chummy Cameron and Clegg are – even the best of relationships have hiccups, and arguments, and the siblings do see such things. If, as I can see coming down the line, Clegg will have to bow to the leader to stay in power his siblings (The LibDem Party members) may see at that point the bowing is one step too far – will there be a change of leadership of the LibDems? Something we need to look out for, as I just cannot see Clegg staying in the Dep. PM position if he is to lose that job. That would be an interesting drama for the ConDems to spin.
If The Labour Party can get things right, and now that Mandelson is out of that picture it is a possibility, if they can get together and look back as well as forward and be ready to hold the safety net rigid for a falling country – then I feel they can then begin to show they are ready for government, albeit a left government ready to hold those who were responsible for the crash that brought us here.
That is one of the questions the Labour Party has to answer. In answering that they have to overturn what they have become. So now is not the best time to be in government.
It is now bloody obvious that where ever you look there is negativity. You have the New Labour Project attacking the wrong part of the coalition, the LibDems, not because they are wrong in supporting the Conservatives, which they are, but because New Labour likes to be bullies. In their nature so to speak.
You have the negativity of the Conservatives by attacking the people – that, we know, is a prerequisite of being a Conservative.
I noticed that it was as negative as the rest. So I deleted most of it. I sat back and began to think about the whole negativity thing and basically decided to have a quick search of Goggle. I won’t go into all the boring search terms I went through. I looked on facebook – still nothing. Then with a mishap of typo fashion, and looking to see what new films were being released I stumbled across numerology. Don’t ask.
So, I click the link and typed in New Labour, Conservative and Labour.
Result, I thought to myself.
You entered: New Labour
There are 9 letters in your name.
Those 9 letters total to 39
There are 4 vowels and 5 consonants in your name.
Your number is: 3
The characteristics of #3 are: Expression, verbalization, socialization, the arts, the joy of living.
The expression or destiny for #3:
An Expression of 3 produces a quest for destiny with words along a variety of lines that may include writing, speaking, singing, acting or teaching; our entertainers, writers, litigators, teachers, salesmen, and composers. You also have the destiny to sell yourself or sell just about any product that comes along.
Your Soul Urge number is: 6
If you have an over-supply of 6 energy in your makeup, you may express some of the negative traits common to this number. With such a strong sympathetic attitude, it is easy to become too emotional. Sometimes the desires to render help can be over done, and it can become interfering and an attitude that is too protective, rather than helpful.
You entered: Labour
There are 6 letters in your name.
Those 6 letters total to 24
There are 3 vowels and 3 consonants in your name.
Your number is: 6
The characteristics of #6 are: Responsibility, protection, nurturing, community, balance, sympathy.
The expression or destiny for #6:
The number 6 Expression provides you a truly outstanding sense of responsibility, love, and balance. The 6 is helpful and ever conscientious, making you quite capable of rectifying and balancing any sort of inharmonious situation. You are a person very much inclined to give help and comfort to those in need. You have a natural penchant for working with the old, the young, the sick, or the underprivileged.
A Soul Urge number of 1 means:
Your Soul Urge is the number 1. With a Soul Urge number of 1, you want to lead and direct, to work independent of supervision, by yourself or with subordinates. You take pride in your abilities and want to be recognized for them. You may seek opportunities to display your strength and usefulness, wanting to create and originate. In your desire to manage the big picture and the main issues, you may often leave the details to others.
You entered: Conservative
There are 12 letters in your name.
Those 12 letters total to 54
There are 5 vowels and 7 consonants in your name.
Your number is: 9
The characteristics of #9 are: Humanitarian, giving nature, selflessness, obligations, creative expression.
You like to help others as you were intended to be the ‘big brother or big sister’ type. You operate best when you follow your feelings and sense of compassion, and allow yourself to be sensitive to the needs of others. You work well with people, and have the potential to inspire. This suggests that you could successfully teach or counsel. Creative ability, imagination and artistic talent (often latent) of the highest order are present in this expression. It’s possible that you’re not using or developing all of these capabilities at this time.
Your Soul Urge number is: 8
A Soul Urge number of 8 means:
With an 8 soul urge, you have a natural flair for big business and the challenges imposed by the commercial world. Power, status and success are very important to you.
So there you have it – Labour please!
Numerology from Paul Sadowski
Well yes – but Polly, like so many are trying to get the boot in way, way too quickly!
What she is saying, I think and in short, is that the budget is going to hurt – really hurt – and it will. But what she is forgetting is that people were hurt just as bad under a New Labour era. People are not going to forget so quickly, it just is not going to happen. I have spoken to family and friends and they are of all political hues, even they wince remembering the last recession – which, if we are honest, hasn’t quite ended yet for so many people.
The Tories, as Polly and others should know are not, never have been nor ever will be, for the good old working man or woman. They are for the middle-class and business. Even those who believe themselves to be middle-class think that Tory policy is all for them. “Getting us all out of this deficit is what really matters”. At the moment that is the mindset and it isn’t going to go away any time soon. If that is the indoctrination then that is what will bounce around in peoples heads until things hit the fan and boom!
That is the time to try and get the message across. Be as frustrated as you so wish – but jumping the gun isn’t going to work because people are way to focussed on the shit that is the UK economy. It matter nothing that is was, in the majority, banks who brought about the economic fall – but that can be traced back to those who were in government at the time who allowed the banks free reign. Let the budget do its work, let the bankers get the indefensible bonuses – it will come out that this is what is happening, Then is the time to remind people that this should be addressed as a matter of priority – that to allow banks to regulate themselves really isn’t a good thing at all.
Let the LibDem activists get to grips with what is happening within their party by signing over with the devil. They will, eventually. But it takes time, as I have said before – let that time pass. There is, after all, plenty of it while waiting for a credible opposition. What Polly and those commentators must remember is that the opposition will still be New Labour. Without any real change within the Labour Party by kicking out, and I mean that literally, those who usurped the Labour Party to get into power – call it a cull of the right if you will, much as they did to Militant – people will only see the last vestages of Blair and Brown and worse, Mandleson.
That is the cuts that need to happen – what is going to happen, no matter how noble you want to be in protecting the poor and underprivileged – until the spectre of New Labour is gone, nothing Polly or other write will mean anything. New Labour is the stain that needs to be washed. Once, then, that has happened – even if D’Mil becomes leader – and comes to his senses – you will see that some trust will eke toward a new invigorated Labour party. Not a new New Labour, one that can call itself Labour with pride. The cuts will be argued over and there will be U-turns on them because they are far too great. But that will, like most other things political, take time. Prepare to take the proverbial piss out of the U-turns – that is what I am waiting for. But to fight a battle of minds while those minds are against you is a losing battle from the off.
An opposition is needed right now – what we have is a beauty pageant.
While I have been wading through a ton of papers today – one thing that come across well and truly to the fore, Osborne is hoping upon hope that this budget works. I cringed, and I mean sphincter cringed when I read that he had raised VAT to 20%. First thought: The man must be mad! Then I read more and it seems the mad hatter had taken over the tea party.
Not only has he hit the poor with the VAT hike, they will start thinking about not spending, something the economy needs, he has hit them with less and less safety net cash. Add to this he is attacking the disabled, something the Tories, and their brethren New Labour love to do. But what convinces me more is that Simon Jenkins – over at the Guardian of all places sings the praises that it is the return of Thatcherism! Yeah, great – but you have to red even his title: “If Osborne’s gamble pays off, it is Thatcherism’s finest hour” If, what kind of idiocy is that? He must have been wetting his pants as he wrote that piece.
What we see from this budget is, and this brought a “WTF!” to my gritted teeth – that this budget is going to hit everyone – everyone, not just the poor, the middle income earners and the rich. Though, it has to be said, it will hit the poorest in real terms the most. But it is a ‘we are all in this together’ budget. So, Osborne has decided to take the demand out of the economy from everyone.
Osborne claims that this budget will be one for jobs – yet as there are so many chasing each and every job, where are all these new jobs going to come from – we have yet to see what the actual figures are going to be in respect of the slashing to public services. Today was, after all, just the beginning.
Wet your pants Thatcherites will be singing with glee that her evilness has returned to the UK economy, wait for the return of The Boys from the Black Stuff. But this time there is no oil to sell off, no Post Office telecommunications, Gas, Electricity. There is the dole queue for millions, though. That is, again, after all, what Thatcherism stands for. It is a gamble, but a gamble not with a few quid and a hope that you can win big – it is a gamble with people lives and one that, if it doesn’t pay off – will be remembered by so many come the next election. Because I cannot see the ConDems picking a war to help them to victory.
Let’s hope in the mean time that there is a rise of the real left in both the country and the Labour party, because it will be up to them to put things right. And put them right from 13 years of New Labour and the Tory governments that preceded them.