Can anything demonstrate the Labour Party’s crisis of identity more graphically than the party’s statement of support for a drop in the benefit cap to £23,000 – despite warnings that the current cap of £26K is already causing homelessness and “putting children on the breadline”?
A Labour Party with its heart in the right place would never countenance an Act of Parliament that intentionally throws children into poverty.
Ms Harman outlined several caveats to Labour’s support, arguing that the lower cap should not put children into poverty or increase homelessness. She said discretionary housing payments and other measures could prevent the problems seen so far.
That simply isn’t good enough. The Tories have already hidden behind discretionary housing payments when criticised over the Bedroom Tax, and they have proven pitifully inadequate with regard to that issue. Why should anybody believe they’ll be able to take any further strain?
As for the other measures she mentions – what other measures? It’s nonsense waffle to hide the fact that Labour has badly lost its way.
The Party of the People needs to take hold of itself and clear out the dead weight – now.
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