How pathetic can Labour’s shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer be?
She’s being feted by The Times, of all rags, for saying Labour is now a “pro-business party”.
Labour's Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves: 'We are now a pro-business party'. Nationalise the rail and water industries?. “We’re definitely not going to talk about that,” Reeves said, laughing. #StarmerOut #ReevesOut https://t.co/2mRhJULu2j
— Operation Cupcake (@PhillipsBarrie) November 21, 2021
I’ve got news for this dimwit: Labour always was.
The clue is in the name “Labour” – the party of working, and working-class people.
It was intended to represent these people, to make sure that honest workers receive an honest wage for their contribution to – guess what? – business.
And such a political organisation is needed now more than ever. Sadly, that party won’t be the one Rachel Reeves represents.
Labour also recognises the fact that some industries are best run by the state in the national interest – like the rail and water industries. These run on a national infrastructure of rail and sewer systems that remain the same, no matter which (these days) private firm is being paid for the service. When they were sold off, we were promised that part of the profits these firms would make would be invested in improvements to those systems – but that hasn’t happened. The money has gone to those utilities’ new owners – in Europe, mainly – instead.
So yesterday This Writer saw an accurate description of the UK’s rail system on Twitter, that said it consisted of 19th-century tracks, on which run 20th-century trains for which we are charged 21st-century fares.
Rachel Reeves appeals to the Sunday Times by laughing off nationalising rail and water but not to the public, nearly two thirds of whom support nationalising both.
— James Schneider (@schneiderhome) November 21, 2021
Any fool can see that is not equitable. The utilities should be brought back into state ownership because the private profit-grubbers have reneged on the deal. We need to improve our aging infrastructure before it falls apart completely – and then we need to keep it public.
But the utilities aren’t anything like a majority of UK businesses. A properly-functioning Labour representation party would legislate to ensure that workers are represented on the boards of all private businesses – indeed, they should all have equal shares in those firms, to ensure that every honest worker receives an honest wage, rather than being ripped off by fat-cat investors, as is, far too often (but not always) the situation today. Also, worker representation would minimise the health risks that put far too many people onto sickness and disability benefits.
Anybody standing for a party that claims to be for labour representation should hold these to be self-evident necessities.
But Rachel Reeves doesn’t even want to talk about nationalisation, and when she says Labour is now “pro-business”, she means it is now wholeheartedly in bed with the fat-cat rip-off merchants.
Her attitude stinks. “Pro-business”? The only business she wants to do is her own – on you (and yes, for the hard-of-thinking, that is a reference to lavatorial functions).
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