Dear Ed Miliband, We’re Looking To You To Defend Us From Deplorable Welfare Cuts

Last Updated: March 24, 2014By

There’s a lot of fear going around at the moment – and a lot of people are calling on Labour to raise its game. This letter from a disabled person eerily compliments and reflects one from a group of Labour advisors and commentators, published on The Guardian’s website yesterday.
Will Ed Miliband listen? It depends how badly watered-down the message becomes before his inner circle of advisers let him see it, one would expect.
There’s a man who really needs to get out on his own and see what’s really going on.


  1. William March 24, 2014 at 10:17 am - Reply

    And Ed will yet stand with Cameron in attacking the disabled. Who brought in ATOS but New Labour, and who will carry it on but New Labour, a party for the rich, not for the poor. Look at all the measures that New Labour has brought in, and how they managed to get their party out of over a million pounds worth of debt. All have favoured big business, and what was the biggest but the arms manufacturers, Blair taking weapons of mass destruction to sovereign countries to blast them into eternity, the people of no consequence, “Collateral damage”, so New Labour. Do you think New Labour, with its posh boys and manicures, has changed? We are non-people to them, which is the same for every party. One last thing. When was the first and last time you heard parliament shouting about child abuse within parliament and the judiciary and police force, social services, and councils, that is rampant? Children and adults, again, are non-people

    • Mike Sivier March 24, 2014 at 10:35 am - Reply

      I was contemplating trashing this comment as it features many of the tired old rants that we’ve heard too many times before, about Atos and arms companies, and casting unfounded accusations at the current Labour Party.
      However – and it’s a big ‘however’ – many people seem to believe this and Labour seems unwilling to bring forward a categorical refutation of their claims. When can we expect a statement from Labour on these matters?

      • wizardofdrivel March 24, 2014 at 11:00 am - Reply

        When can you expect a statement from Labour on these matters? When hell freezes over, and the devil goes past the window on a skateboard, I reckon. Since Miliband’s strategy for the next election seems to be a) to accept the Tory frame of reference for any given argument and b) to then concede the field of battle on that issue, whatever it is, without a shot being fired, I reckon we are in for a five year nuclear winter when the Tories are re-elected in 2015, and it will all be the fault of that dismal little twerp and the apparatchiks that put him there.

        • Mike Sivier March 24, 2014 at 11:07 am - Reply

          You’ve stolen some of my thunder, as I was about to write an article criticising Labour on exactly the terms of your first point – that they keep accepting the Tory frame of reference for any given argument.
          What’s wrong with saying, “I don’t accept your premise,” and framing a new context for what’s going on?

  2. steve grant March 24, 2014 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Well Mike I think you were wise to leave the comment from William because much of what he says is true. Labour has a big problem along with every other political party in that we are now in the 21st century and all these parties still believe that the old ways of the 20th century is the easiest way of gaining power to rule with jobs and riches for life.Just how many actual party members do any of these political have?Its a tiny tiny proportion of the voting public…now doesn’t that tell you something?..More people don’t bother to vote because they feel that we as a people have moved on and all we really want is people who will represent us honestly,by majority and with NO hidden agenda’s,back handers or lobbyists pulling the strings,I don’t see any evidence that the present government or the Labour party are capable or willing to do just that. Instead of political infighting about who should do what in the Labour party,they should have the courage to change and become the voice of the people.

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  4. Joanna March 24, 2014 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Mike I would like to think Labour are being really smart in keeping quiet. If they had said anything, their comment and or policy plans will most definitely been derided and/or twisted around to suit the condemns. We all have to keep even just a sliver of hope that Labour has got something up it’s sleeve. We have got to stop judging today’s leader by the standards of the last, and hope that lessons have been learnt, because each leader has to live through different times of change. Judging Ed Milliband with Tony Blair is wrong, they are different people with individual values and policies.
    We should definitely Stop looking at past mistakes and instead look at all the achievements and build on them and make this country great again!!!!

    • Joanna March 24, 2014 at 12:01 pm - Reply

      Also Mike I do believe Labour didn’t realise how deadly Atos would become, when they brought them in. They weren’t even a tenth as bad as they grown to become, that is the main crime of this coalition. It was, after all the coalition who changed all of the rules, to our detriment!
      ( I Hope I am right)!!

    • Mike Sivier March 24, 2014 at 12:02 pm - Reply

      This comment is like a breath of fresh air after the pessimism of the last day or so!
      That being said, my opinion is that it is past time Labour turned around and said, “We don’t believe in what the Coalition has been doing. We do not accept their claims – either about the state of the country or what is needed to correct our problems. We say the problem is different. We say we have the answers. And we say we can sort it all out.”
      Come out in a muscular way like that, and Labour might have a chance. Anything else is weakness.

      • wizardofdrivel March 24, 2014 at 12:27 pm - Reply

        Way past time. Like four years past time.

        I have been saying this for weeks if not months now

      • Joanna March 24, 2014 at 5:01 pm - Reply

        Thank you for your kind words Mike I didn’t mean any trouble, I have good days and bad days and I am completely alone trying to get through.

        I don’t think Milliband knows what he is doing, even my MP doesn’t know where he is going. What we need is a Labour leader with courage, conviction and above all Imagination. I think?

  5. Joanna March 24, 2014 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    By the way, a little off topic, but I haven’t heard anything of IDS aka RTU in a few weeks, I wonder why? cue the evil thoughts!!!!

    • Mike Sivier March 24, 2014 at 12:32 pm - Reply

      He’s talking up the changes to pensions that George Osborne mentioned in his budget speech.

  6. HomerJS March 24, 2014 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    I think people make comments that are more and more provocative in the hope that someone will eventually respond. If Labour want to challenge the Coalition on welfare, but avoid directly challenging ‘popular’ polices, then they should focus on asking the government about the ‘number of deaths’ question. If they kept asking that question then people (even Sky News) would be forced to explain to viewers what it was all about.

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