When I was younger and full of the joie de vivre of life, I felt obliged to align myself with people whom I felt had a sincere wish to do the right thing for their fellow citizens who were less fortunate than themselves. I was, as I now see with the beauty of hindsight, quite naïve … but that notwithstanding, I joined The Labour Party of the UK.
Still, we all make mistakes when we are young!
With the election of Ed Milband with the unscrupulous machinations of the Union Barons who have now almost entirely become THE Bankers for the Labour Party (and we all know what a Banker can do for you!) we have seen the Labour Party lurch menacingly to the Left of British mainstream politics.
Ed Miliband, as the newly anointed Labour Party Leader, only has to reinstate Clause IV of the 1918 text of the United Kingdom 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“, and the UK can have déjà vu with the Labour Party when we revisit the mid ’80s of the last Century.
We would see the UK return to Winters of Discontent and, with the Unions clearly intent on ascendancy, one can see that Ed Miliband will be under enormous pressure to rescind much of the Union Restraint legislation (introduce by both Conservatives and New Labour) so that the Union Barons can hold the country to ransom once again.
It is such a shame that Labour has taken a lurch to the, probably unelectable, too far left of the political middle ground but then they were, with historical perspective, always best suited for being THE mainstream Political Opposition rather than successful in Office.
déjà vu indeed and the shenanigans of the crowning of Ed Milband as Party Leader and the connivance of the Union Barons behind that spectacular coupé de grace was and IS the epitome of the many reasons why I grew up and stopped being a Labour Party supporter!