I joined The Labour Party just over a year ago. I joined because I saw Labour as the only viable alternative government to the present Tory led shambles. As an ‘average woman in the street’ and a lifelong Tory voter (I was brought up as a working class Tory) I was sickened by the way this present government is treating the less well off, the sick and disabled and the unemployed. I’m incensed by the totally unnecessary welfare and benefit cuts and so called reforms, the bedroom tax, Workfare, the rise of food banks and a whole host of measures aimed at the less fortunate members of society. There’s no doubt about it, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Four years after being elected the Tories are still blaming the last Labour government for the world recession. Shame on them.
However, as I stated in my last blog what really pisses me off is the current generation of BORING, BLAND, PLASTIC POLITICIANS with less personality than the dead slug on Baldrick’s upper lip. And I’m sorry to say that Ed Miliband fits neatly into this category. Now I know that Mr Miliband is a highly intelligent man and he certainly impresses me with his ability to give a long speech without references to notes or auto-cue and he has the talent to engage with an audience and answer questions succinctly without waffling. But, and it’s a big but, he just doesn’t come across to the general public.
The last major politician with strong personality was Margaret Thatcher. Love her or hate her (I ended up loathing her) she had presence. The only politicians today with personality are Alex Salmond (who wants an independent Scotland) and Nigel Farage (with his crocodile smile and his hail fellow well met, coming down the pub?) approach.
What I’m trying to say here is ‘will the real Ed Miliband please stand up‘. I believe there is something far better in Ed Miliband than we are seeing in the plastic homogenised person we see at the moment as leader of the Labour Party. I believe he has been got at by the so called personality gurus and spin doctors, as has happened with so many of the current politicians. It’s almost as if they have all come off the same production line.
With the general election less than a year away it’s about time Ed started being more of a socialist instead of a imitation Tory. Let’s see some proper socialist policies from #Labour such as stopping the sell off of the #NHS. Make a public announcement that Labour will bring it back into public ownership and scrap the so called Tory welfare reforms at the same time. While I’m on the public ownership thing how about the public utilities, gas, electricity and water, these essential public services should have never been privatised in the first place.
The Green Party have got most of it right apart from one thing, Europe! Forget a referendum, we need to stay in Europe. Maybe not quite as it is now, as reform is needed, and certainly not a political union such as a United States of Europe as. But it would be a economic disaster if we left the EU. For a start I’m pretty sure that most of the foreign owned British Car Makers would pull out of UK and transfer production to the European mainland. Let’s face facts, the only reason the Japanese manufacture cars in this country is that they have a direct entry into Europe added to the fact we have a traditionally strong highly skilled workforce. The French and German manufacturers would soon transfer back to their own countries rather than face the extra tariffs imposed by the EU if Britain left the EU.
Anyway I digress, I started this blog as an appeal to Ed Miliband to be more of a socialist, stop trying to appeal to everyone, don’t forget the grassroots or you will lose the left. Be yourself and stop being Boring, Bland, Plastic Politician.