There is no progressive party

There is a progressive movement.

What we see in the UK is a lot of speak about who is the most progressive political party – the LibDems claim it, Tories, and I assume New Labour will do soon as well. The BIG problem with that is society is full of ‘progressives’ in all factions and colours of the political hue. And as that is a problem then you have, as we do now, all parties claiming that they are the progressive ones to a greater or lesser extent.

Sunny, over at LibCon wants Ed Miliband to give more narrative as to what he will do in the future should he become the New Labour leader. In my opinion it would be a disaster if either he or his brother took the leadership:

Why you may ask, legitimately:

How David Miliband voted on key issues since 2001:

* Voted a mixture of for and against greater autonomy for schools.
* Voted strongly for introducing ID cards.
* Voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords.
* Voted very strongly for a wholly elected House of Lords.
* Voted strongly for introducing student top-up fees.
* Voted strongly for a stricter asylum system.
* Voted very strongly for the hunting ban.
* Voted strongly for allowing ministers to intervene in inquests.
* Voted very strongly for introducing foundation hospitals.
* Voted a mixture of for and against a transparent Parliament.
* Voted strongly for more EU integration.
* Voted moderately against laws to stop climate change.
* Voted moderately for introducing a smoking ban.
* Voted strongly for equal gay rights.
* Voted very strongly for replacing Trident.
* Voted very strongly for Labour’s anti-terrorism laws.
* Voted very strongly for the Iraq war.
* Voted very strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war.

How Edward Miliband voted on key issues since 2001:

* Voted very strongly for introducing a smoking ban.
* Voted very strongly for more EU integration.
* Voted very strongly for a stricter asylum system.
* Voted very strongly for Labour’s anti-terrorism laws.
* Voted a mixture of for and against a transparent Parliament.
* Voted very strongly for replacing Trident.
* Voted very strongly for allowing ministers to intervene in inquests.
* Voted very strongly for introducing ID cards.
* Voted a mixture of for and against laws to stop climate change.
* Voted moderately for greater autonomy for schools.
* Voted very strongly for equal gay rights.
* Voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords.
* Voted very strongly for a wholly elected House of Lords.
* Voted very strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war.

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No matter what the narrative is now – they have shown that they are both believers in illiberal policies – see their voting record above. Can they change their minds? Again, a legitimate question – of course they can. But before taking those steps of redemption they must explain why they voted in such a way that would take such things as the civil liberties of the people. Why vote to agree with a war and then to vote against the inquiry of that war. Why would a progressive – with all the narrative they can muster, explain away that they wanted a minister to have intervening powers over inquests?

“I’m sorry, I was wrong – now, who’s up for an election to get a leader that is both a Blairite and we can have another go at cooking the New Labour cake?”

Never mind the progressive – in the UK there is a need for a left/left of centre party. It is at odds with the churning show of the current coalition government, because if you look at their agenda they seem to be, and ‘seem to be’ is the operative wording – more progressive than New Labour are – by a long chalk.

It isn’t narrative that Ed or Dave Miliband need – it is to get out of the race and support those who will take the party back to where it should be – on the left and fighting that corner. Because once the election does come – and it will be before the 5 year term – The Labour Party must be ready to fight. Any and all ‘narrative’ now should be that New Labour has left the building because until that happens there will be more than one leadership race, and the next one will be with New Labour losing more seats because they won’t break with the New Labour Project.

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About Bolshy

Blogging in the ether to see if that elusive literary agent or publisher wants some new talent.
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