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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Baron Kinnock of Bedwelty chips into support Andy Burnham, (or anyone but Jeremy Corbyn)

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/01/neil-kinnock-labour-leader-andy-burnham


Labour needs a prime minister, not a debate. It needs Andy Burnham



Baron Kinnock of Bedwelty



 
The Guardian has closed comments on the Neil Kinnock intervention. Now why is that I wonder?


Kinnock, or the well known Baron Kinnock, led the Labour between 1983 and 1992 and managed to loose 2 general elections and started the drive for the pursuit of popularity in place of principle. Baron Kinnock of Bedwelty, who ironically was a long time critic of the House of Lords before becoming a Life Peer, joins Blair, Straw and a few other "elders" of the Labour party calling for policies of care, opportunity, security, fairness and freedom, and "offering coherent, practical answers to daily challenges, and tangible prospects of fulfilling hopes and ambitions in housing, employment and enterprise". Strange it is that during the years of Labour governments since the inability of Kinnock to become Prime Minister and the subsequent administrations of Blair and Brown, have failed to deliver or even propose those policies which they now espouse to be the way forward for the party.
In fact the only candidate in the leadership election contest who is proposing such policies and values, is the candidate who they all urge party members not to vote for!
The endorsement of Burnham, indicates that Kinnock has lost touch, if he ever had it, with the traditional position of the Labour party. The recent record of Burnham's performance in the House of Commons, culminating with his appalling abstention on the Welfare reform bill, (and his subsequent justification for it) his proposals for a continuation of policies which were roundly rejected at the last election and the continuation of the "Tory-Lite" platform for a future Labour party under his leadership, should remove him from consideration, but it is clearly evident that Kinnock, Blair, Mandelson, Straw and the others will go to any lengths and stoop to any depths in their seeking to prevent Jeremy Corbyn being elected as leader.