Brown has a nerve to lecture us on economic credibility or winning elections

It is hard to believe that Brown had the gall in his anti-Corbyn diatribe to declare that “the best way of realising our high ideals is to show that we have an alternative in government that is…neither a pale imitation of what the Tories offer nor is the route to being a party of permanent protest, rather than a party of government”.   The prime reason that Labour lost 5 million votes between 1997 and 2010 was, apart from Iraq, the fact that a very large minority of Labour voters did think precisely that – that under the regimes of Blair and Brown Labour was indeed ‘a pale imitation of what the Tories offer’.   It’s also why UKIP gained 4 million votes at the election three months ago because a huge chunk of the electorate had indeed come to the conclusion that ‘they’re all the same’.

Brown was the overseer of deregulated finance, free-wheeling market finance, the introduction of privatisation and outsourcing into health and education, and keeping the unions on a short leash to encourage foreign investment into Britain.   Those were all Tory policies inaugurated by Thatcher which Brown didn’t reverse in any significant way, but actually extended in various ways, particularly in offering huge concessions to the City of London when he hosed down the banks and hedge funds with laudatory hyperbole in his Mansion House speeches to the assembled potentates of finance.   And to give equal encouragement to Big Business, Brown enormously extended the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) which  offered government-guaranteed profits to business for the next 25-40 years at taxpayers’ expense.   This wasn’t a pale imitation of the Tories; it was the epitome of Tory ideology.

And as to Brown lecturing us on winning elections, he was the most unpopular prime minister since the second world war and lost the 2010 election with the lowest Labour vote since 1918.   He was the architect of ‘regulation lite’ (i.e. virtually no regulation) for the banks and finance sector which undoubtedly contributed to the recklessness and arrogance of the banks in all but triggering a global recession.    To that extent Brown’s support for unregulated free-market capitalism was a significant contributory factor in bringing about the biggest financial crash for nearly a century, from which the Labour party and the centre-left parties of Europe have still not recovered.

It is the arrogance of Brown and Blair in assuming that they alone, the Labour establishment, have the unique skills to win elections that actually they have proved rather adept at losing, which is so galling.   Above all they, alongside the Tories,  have insisted on endless austerity as the right way to achieve deficit reduction which is not only incredibly unpopular, but also patently failing to achieve its ostensible goal.   Jeremy Corbyn is far more aligned with what the people of Britain clearly want, while the Blair-Brownites are in a state of denial.   Brown should look to his own record: when in a glasshouse, don’t throw stones.

5 thoughts on “Brown has a nerve to lecture us on economic credibility or winning elections

  1. The “Red Tory” wing of the party can’t win; the more they attack JC the stronger he gets as it riles his supporters and even those who perhaps might not have been quite so sure about him. I think there’s something in the British character where we like to support the underdog! (Although he’s hardly that any longer)! Perhaps he’s considered as being anti-establishment, which appeals. People don’t like Blair, Brown or Mandelson so are likely to do the exact opposite of what they want! Serves them right too!

    I liked the comment made by a well spoken elderly lady at one of Jeremy Corbyn’s rallies in Scotland. She said “They’ve lost TWO elections, so how DARE they criticise him!”

    By Mike Sivier of Vox Political;
    “The joy of Brown’s speech is that much of it was non-specific. He didn’t refer to any of the candidates by name, and advised that Labour must be “credible, radical, sustainable and electable to help people out of poverty, and that anger was not enough” (according to The Guardian).

    Nobody would disagree with that, and Corbyn supporters would argue that the only candidate endorsed by such a statement was theirs; Burnham, Cooper and Kendall – by embracing the nonsense of austerity economics – will only make poverty worse while enriching those who already have enough.”

    My local paper printed an awful article attributed to one of our Councillors and an ex-councillor, quoting one of them as saying that JC would make the party “unelectable for 20 years”!! I have of course responded but it’s a weekly paper which came out on Wednesday so, even if they print my letter it won’t be seen until this Wednesday, when we are already receiving ballot papers through the post, so it could be too late for some people! (I have also posted it on their web page and also on their Facebook page, but not many people have seen it). I only hope that people have at long last learnt that they can’t trust what’s in the papers, even if it’s right under their noses and in black and white.

    It’s beyond sad when what people think and who they vote for is controlled by our press. That’s also one of the main reasons why Labour lost the election.

    I met Tom Watson on Saturday and asked him about this; he’d like to see a similar system to that in the USA where the press is scrutinised for inaccuracies (and lies). However I can’t see the Tories agreeing to such a system here, as it currently works in their favour!

    So, what’s to be done, Mr Meacher!?

  2. Couldn’t have put it better but whot you dont ask is atos has blair and brown are main instigators of employing this company in its devious methods its proffits were do they go has the frog only takes two point two million you see those two getting richer and richer I just hope jc ckeans this house out of its greed you cannot have in power those who serve two masters yet parliament full of fraudulent trading has many have connections in companies who get award tax payers monies yet these companies cannot be foi well if they want tax payers monies the law needs to change you see honesty is out the door lets see if parliament can be cleaned otherwise I wouldn’t like to think of it jeff3

  3. Listen to fox news its just like our bbc tory news ops nothing from america will enrich only compromise their system worst than ours corrupted beyound belief wait untill these clowns sign up to ttip then we see the circus it brings has now we will be ruled by their trade laws they didnt tell you that sold down the river jeff3

  4. Agree strongly with you Mr.Meacher, the Iraq war damaged Labour enormously and the PFI schemes I think just finished them of completely what a hair brain scheme if ever I have heard one.

    Wanda makes an excellent point, the press should come under scrutiny they are an absolute disgrace, they can make or break an individual overnight and never called into question, why is this I wonder, control of the masses maybe !

  5. Thanks, John.
    My local paper has since printed another article, this time quoting councillors in Corbyn’s defence. They also used some quotes from the letter I sent them.

    I’ve just realised that I misquoted the lady earlier . She actually said:
    “They ‘ve lost the last two elections; how DARE they say he can’t win the next one.”

    In my opinion, JC has a far better chance of winning in 2020 than any of the other candidates, but it would seem that the Tories will have stacked the cards even more against Labour by then.

    Still, as the cuts start to affect more and more people who will begin to realise what the Tories are really doing to the economy and if Corbyn and his new found army of supporters can keep up the momentum, we might yet have our own revolution. Power to the people!

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