Those of you who are convinced Vox Political is a rabidly Labour-supporting page may be surprised to see the following – and even more surprised to find that it has been written by a Labour member of Parliament, Michael Meacher.
If so, then you really haven’t been paying attention.
If the blog is mainly devoted to attacks on the policies of the current government (and it is – because government policies affect us all now, making them the prime concern), then those attacks are punctuated by frustration with the Labour Opposition.
Labour is the party that is best-equipped to defeat the Conservatives at the 2015 election. It has the policies and it still has shadow ministers with experience of government who can put those policies to work effectively.
It lacks any ability to communicate these facts – and the facts that the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have been hopelessly poor in government and have been lying to cover themselves – to the general public.
In what follows, taken from his blog article, Michael Meacher MP says more about why you should vote Labour in a few brief words than Ed Miliband has managed in the last five years. He writes:
Why does Labour, when the Tories lie and lie and lie, keep on turning the other cheek?
Hardly out of an excess of Christian charity, more because of cowardice in failing to confront the British people with the truth.
Osborne, a snake oil salesman if ever there was one, began his time in office in 2010 by repeating over and over again that all the problems in the economy were all the fault of the previous Labour Government.
So why didn’t Labour make the obvious riposte that it was actually the bankers, whom Osborne for some reason had somehow forgotten to mention?
Why, even more worrying, has Labour failed to make even a bleep to counter these Tory lies over the whole of the last 4 years?
The silence is surreal.
Everything that Osborne promised in 2010 has turned to dust. He promised then that the deficit would be cut by this year to £40bn; it’s now £100bn and even rising. Investment in the non-financial private sector has been a disaster area: it stood at £43bn in 2008, halved to £21bn in 2009, then fell by a further third to a shocking £14bn, less than one per cent of GDP, in 2013. As for the Tories having nothing to do with failed debt-sodden splurges of unsustainable growth, they are now actually glorying in just that, viz. Funding for Lending and the housing market going gangbusters. The balance of payments deficit is going through the roof, investment has still not recovered to pre-crash levels, and the government’s only hope of growth is by pushing consumer debt close to £3 trillion!
So why doesn’t Labour tell the truth?
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