Labour needs to get rough with the Tories & take them on

The difference between the two main parties has often been remarked upon.   The Tories’ Achilles heel is their Bullingdon Club overweening self-confidence and insufferable arrogance, and Labour’s is its self-effacing humility and timidity.   The two party conferences just past illustrate this clearly.   The bluster and downright lying by both Osborne and Cameron takes one’s breath away.   Osborne boasts of the ‘fastest growing, job creating and deficit cutting recovery’ in modern times.   All untrue: growth in the US, and for that matter in Ireland too, is much faster, the jobs created are so miserly that government tax receipts are actually now falling, and the deficit is actually now growing.   Cameron has the gall to project a £7bn giveaway backed by no new sources of funding which, if proposed by Labour, Osborne would pounce on as irresponsible profligacy and which Cameron himself denounced in 2008 with the words “You cannot talk about tax reduction unless you can show how it is paid for, the public are not stupid”.   Obviously he now thinks they are.

Cameron trotted out the mantra which is going to become wearisome in this 8-month election campaign.   ‘Labour was responsible for the economic mess we inherited.   It’s been painful dealing with it, but we were all in it together.   But we always had a long-term economic plan, and now it’s come good’.   From start to finish this is a tissue of lies.   Labour actually presided over the longest economic boom since the war, until it was wrecked worldwide by the bankers’ folly and recklessness.   We  were most certainly not all in it together: the rich caused the financial catastrophe, and the poor have been made to pay for it.   The idea that the Tories had a long-term economic plan is laughable: Osborne only just missed a triple downturn by a whisker and was then panicked into generating yet another unsustainable housing bubble when all else had failed.

Yet Cameron still had the insolence to rubbish his opponents as “You were the people who left Britain with the biggest peacetime deficit in history, who gave us the deepest recession since the war, who destroyed our pension system, bust our banking system” – every bit of which is an outrageous lie.   Why does Labour let liars get away with it?   It is said that Labour was so ensconced in its own leadership election campaign in the 5 months after May 2010 that it allowed the Tories to fix this mendacity in the public’s mind, and now it’s irremoveable.   NONSENSE.   There was always time, and still is, to take on the Tories as the biggest frauds and deceivers you could find even in today’s disreputable politics.   As someone once said: “If you stop telling lies about me, I’ll stop telling the truth about you”.   The counter-attack needs to be brutal and go for the jugular, and it needs to start urgently.

6 thoughts on “Labour needs to get rough with the Tories & take them on

  1. Political predictions they got wrong (No20) An end to boom and bust

    “There’s a very old joke that goes something like this, “How do you make God laugh?”, the punchline is “Tell him your future plans.”

    “Despite the fact that predicting the future is as about as easy as sailing the Atlantic in a barrel, politicians never seem to get bored with trying.

    “Last week I mocked Gordon Brown for selling off Britain’s gold reserves at an absurdly low price.

    “Today I’m going to examine his and Tony Blair’s prediction that they would end the economic cycle of boom and bust.

    “To paraphrase Tom Stoppard, “I can deal with clever people saying clever things, and I can deal with stupid people saying stupid things, what I can’t deal with is clever people saying stupid things”.

  2. Thank you Michael for saying this. We who support labour are absolutely amazed that labour spokesmen have and still are not replying to these false charges. I do believe that the public are not stupid and know that the tories are telling lies about the recession “caused by labour”the silence , from labour MP’s only goes to show that labour are weak.Every Tory MP appearing on the TV takes the opportunity to blame labour and it is never refuted.

  3. I wonder if Miliband, who can see that Neoliberalism has and is a failure for the economy and a disaster for the poor, is nevertheless intimidated by the the Progress Party. Many of these sit on the front bench – too many for my liking. And although Miliband ha sresponded to Mandelson the banker here –

    Is he still worried by them? Could they choose a new leader?
    I would hate to see this, especially as my reason for rejoining Labour was Ed’s success in the leadership. But I still wonder about the powers of the Blairite wing.

  4. So your contention is that Milliband is simply yet another basically good and decent man, yet another Labour party leader hamstrung by internal party politics and cruelly misrepresented and traduced by the populist media?

    I beg to differ.

    That might possibly have been true of the late Micheal Foot, but certainly of no Labour leader since, culminating in the great charlatan Blair.

    Personally I have to look very hard indeed to find any significant or important difference whatsoever between Ed Milliband and David Cameron on any issue whatsoever and in the mean time as has been pointed out previously, they’re both being overtaken on inside lane by events, (TAFTA and TIPP,) back in the real the world which will pretty much render this whole debate completely redundant and meaningless anyway.

  5. It’s a disappointment to me too that Miliband hasn’t come out publically against TTIP, but you cannot fault his stance over press abuse, it was he that kickstarted the Leveson enquiry and would implement its recommendations in full.

    With a million of us at least against TTIP it may well fail, but yes, I’m be reassured if the Labour Party took up the cause of preventing its implementation as well. Similar agreements in Australia and Argentina, to name just two of many countries having their legislation questioned in court and damages sought by multinationals.

    But, Cameron has no important differences to Miliband? The slick PR guy vs the slightly gauche honest Wallace? I disagree strongly. I’m hoping Ed’s even more radical than his policies on private rent reform, the mansion tax, to mention two policies out of the hundred you can read, with links to evidence, here would suggest.

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