21 more good reasons to vote labour

Thanks to kittysjones for giving us all a few reasons to remember that Labour still has greatness in it. Of particular interest to me, as a person dealing with disability benefits, is the proposal for a Disability Hate Crime Prevention law. Let us hope that this includes clauses that would incriminate the Atos assessors who wrongly recommended that sick and disabled people should lose their benefits, contrary to the evidence; the DWP decision-makers who rubber-stamped these decisions and sent decisions to award benefit back to Atos, demanding a recommendation to cut benefit instead; and finally the government ministers who perverted Britain’s great system of social security into a mechanism for persecuting those least able to defend themselves, including the Secretary of State who presided over the misery and deaths and saw every death as a “successful benefit outcome”. In honour of that man, let this law be retrospective in nature, going back to cover the five years of Coalition government, and let the Coalition’s Work and Pensions secretary be the first person prosecuted.

14 thoughts on “21 more good reasons to vote labour

  1. Joanna

    If Labour does get in, then every person in the DWP who signed a sanction against a sick and disabled person should be sacked, it seems to me that they derived too much pleasure in economically abusing people short of executing them!

    1. Joanna

      so sorry my bad, They economically executed Mark Wood and condemned him to die an extremely painful death of starvation!!!

  2. Joe blogs

    Never forget the Labour Party took this country into recession which will take a generation to repay.

    1. Mike Sivier

      Get a grip.
      The recession was a global phenomenon.
      The banks created the financial problem that Labour – as a responsible government – had to address. The answer they chose was to use public money to shore up the system. This was supported by the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, which means that this would have happened, whichever party was in office at the time.
      So the recession was global, the debt was the bankers’ fault, and the solution Labour found was the same solution any other main party would have used.
      I hope that clears up your misunderstanding.
      What you should be asking is why banking regulation hasn’t been restored to its pre-deregulation level, why there have been no prosecutions of bankers who caused the problem (or at least none worth mentioning), and why no measures have been introduced to ensure the banks pay our money back.
      Oh yes, and the Coalition government’s austerity policies are prolonging the agony for everybody. If you think about it, this is obvious – take money out of a system like the UK economy and it instantly becomes much, much more difficult to make any money. With all the profit-making ability being sucked out of the system, it becomes increasingly difficult to pay back debts, and that is why George Osborne has managed to cut the annual deficit by only £10 billion in four years.

      1. Joanna

        Mike just a couple of questions? Didn’t the main banks threaten to take their business elsewhere? If so why couldn’t the government of the time tell them to “do one”? Also I think I recall reading that the coalition have thrown over £800 million at the bankers in the 4 years they been in power? One last question, is the reason we have these homicidal lunatics in power, because Gordon brown refused to step down as leader?

  3. philipburdekin

    I think it is only labour who supported us the sick and disabled, if we did leave the eu we would know doubt lose any human rights we have and as this coalition don’t give a damn has shown us time and time again.
    Will cameron ever face charges for what he and his coalition have done to the needy, sick and disabled, low paid and the rest of the country, the poverty they have caused amongst the families with young children, this country in its present form and under this sad and cruel evil coalition, is a disgrace and it makes me very very sad to be here but I can’t escape with my family because I’m sick and disabled, my wife is disabled, so here we are at the mercy of our destroyers, the Tory led coalition.

  4. MrChekaMan

    I don’t like or trust Labour very much, but they are the least bad option, compared to the evil Tories, far right fruitcake UKIP or traitor Lib Dems.

  5. wizardofdrivel

    I tried to post this on Kitty Jones’s actual blog but it’s been modded so here goes on Vox Pol.

    I probably will end up holding my nose and voting Labour, as they are the only ones with a realistic chance of beating the Tories in Colne Valley, but I wish there was some way of adding “this is in no way an endorsement of their shameful, lamentable, lacklustre, weak, weasly, uncaring, stupid, careless, pathetic, vacuous, nebulous, and quite often frankly idiotic, performance in opposition since 2010″ without spoiling my vote. Plus, anyone can promise anything a year out from an election. Look at last time Labour got in, when we ended up being saddled with Tory spending plans that figured nowhere in the Labour manifesto.

    In any case, until and unless Labour gets its act together and gets these 21 reasons, and others, out there in front of voters who matter, this is all academic anyway. The Tories and UKIP will romp home on a tide of xenophobia and bigotry. Sadly, the party most likely to be the party that wins in 2015 would be the one that announces a complete moratorium on immigration and an immediate re-negotiation of our membership of the EU, which ain’t going to happen, but that’s what the white van men and racist pensioners think they want and that’s what Labour has to counteract. Putting it bluntly, people who have spent the last four years listening to the mantra that there are too many brown people over here taking our jobs and houses, are not going to be impressed by a pledge to create new apprenticeships, laudable though that is.

    Labour needs to stop aiming over people’s heads and target the issues that matter to people, and not concede the ground to the Tories (eg on an EU referendum) without a shot being fired. The wonks in charge of Labour policy may well think it’s lamentable that so many people have bigoted and erroneous opinions about immigration, but nevertheless they DO, and unless Labour does something to correct this, starting NOW, in fact, starting YESTERDAY, other than just trying to be more Tory than the Tories, this lack of engagement will be fatal to them in May 2015.

  6. Korenwolf

    To be frank I don’t believe a word of it, they’ve lied before (like the other parties) and they have form when it comes to the likes of RIPA (“only for serious crime!! terrorism!!!”), ID cards and the national ID database and so on.

    All their public statements I’m seeing make them no different to the tory and libdem scum.

    Our problem actually lies elsewhere I think, regardless of who is “in power” the same policies keep coming through, it’s time to look at the mechamisms of national government and who keeps ressurecting these policies.

    1. Mike Sivier

      That’s a very interesting last thought.
      I was watching Question Time and This Week last night, and one aspect of modern politics that came through very strongly was that people are realising their politicians are only speaking about subjects on a very superficial level. What’s the thinking behind the policies? Is there really any difference between the ideologies of the Left and the Right and if so, where is it?
      I think it’s good that people are starting to ask these questions and we need more of them.

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