The battle for Labour leadership is on. Neil Kinnock throws his support behind Andy Burnham and warns that “Trotskyite” forces with “malign” intentions are trying to drag Labour to the far left under Corbyn. He says" he understands the “rage” that is compelling many genuine members to support Corbyn, but insists the party must choose its leader with “sincerity and realism”. He warns that a Corbyn victory would turn the party into a powerless “discussion group”.
Kinnock was a total disaster as Labour leader and as for a powerless discussion group, what is else is the Labour Party if it is not just that? The woeful performance of Miliband on television during the run up to the last election was the writing on the wall. Remember his response when asked if Labour had overspent during their time in office? He answered with a simple " no". It isn't just that of course. Labour has struggled to offer a truly different set of policies based on different principles for years. This Tory government is possibly even more right wing than Thatcher's so isn't it time for a clearly left of centre vision? Scaremongering about the rise of Trotskyite elements in the party is nonsense.
I am not a Trotskyite, far from it. I am a socialist who believes that it is time for balance lest the young forget what it is to have a political party that cares and demonstrates it through radically fair minded, principled policy. At this time there is little hope of that among the Burnhams and others. The spectre of Blair, the warmonger, still haunts the party and it is clear that his success has forced Labour policy into pink impotence.
Today I re-joined the Labour Party. It has been years since I was last a member. I have joined on a monthly basis and if I do not like what happens with Labour over the coming weeks I will resign. The local Labour HQ is just around the corner from me so I can assure you they will be hearing from me at regular intervals.
I have researched the other leadership candidates and I say if we want more of the same pathetic and weak opposition to Cameron and if you think it was perfectly ok for the Interim Leader of the Labour Party, Harriet Harmon, to vote for Tory welfare cuts then Jeremy Corbyn is probably not the man for you. If like me you think it is time for real change then act now and make a difference.
I am appealing to all of you Lavender Tories. Stop the rot. At Glastonbury Festival, earlier this year, the Dalai Lama said-
“I speak to you now just as another human being. Like you, I too am subject to mental disturbances. Like you I love my life, in fact everyone loves their own lives and everyone has a right live a happy life".
The young will not thank us for leading them deeper into mass apathy and into a place where if a man or woman has nothing to sell they will struggle to exist. This is the sixth richest nation on the planet and still we have food banks, still the poor and disabled pay the most towards reducing the deficit they did not cause. According to Unicef, British children are catered for and cared for less than in nearly all other developed nations. We sit just above the US at the bottom of the pile with Scandinavian countries at the top.
Time for real change? What say you?