The terminal decline of a once great party.
Clause IV of the Labour Party Constitution:
To secure for the workers by hand or by brain the full fruits of their industry and the most equitable distribution thereof that may be possible upon the basis of the common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange, and the best obtainable system of popular administration and control of each industry or service.
(deleted by Blair in 1995)
|They are all the same now|
I left Labour many years ago when Blair, Mandelson, Campbell and Brown "reformed" the party and created a centre ground "one size fits all" political grouping indistinguishable from Tory or LibDem and exchanged principle for populist expediency. Thatcher created a nation where "there is no such thing as society", greed and selfishness are good, hypocrisy is an acceptable characteristic and where the unemployed, the sick and disabled are second class citizens excluded from the mainstream. Blair, and the other "leaders" since have accepted these grotesque distortions and have done essentially nothing to redress the imbalances except for some tinkering at the margins. The anti trade union legislation remains on the statute books and has effectively castrated the TUC and affiliated unions to the extent where working people have no real representation in the workplace. There has been nothing about the current Labour leadership or the actions of the shadow ministers to suggest to me that anything has changed. All the current ConDem coalition legislation attacking working people, pensioners, disabled, unemployed etc, seem set to remain in place should a Labour government emerge from the next election. we have even seen Liam Byrne Labour's opposite number to Ian Duncan Smith instructing Labour MP's to abstain in the recent vote in Parliament by the Government pushing through legislation to allow the compulsion of unemployed people to work for nothing. This is not the Labour party which I campaigned for and represented in political and union office for some years and I shall have no part of it now..