Friday, December 23, 2011

41 Months Before The End Of This Parliament, Is The Labour Party Ready?

Ed Miliband, UK Labour Party Leader of the opposition
Let's face the fact, the reason there was no overall winner of the UK General Election 2010 was because the choices were all the same. No matter whichever way you might have chosen, you were bound to end with the same thing; a set of politicians groping in the dark only after the safety of their own feet in the tunnel.

On that note, it wasnt any surprise that regardless of the mini-pious record of the previous Labour government bringing in various new things - which werent really magical - the electorate decided to ditch them in an act of doubt. Being undecided and unsure, British electorates scattered their net all across.

However, Nineteen months into the new Parliament, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats marriage of inconvenience are yet to have a direction apart from cutting the deficit. For the Labour party, it's policy is still largely either blank or non-existent.

In fact, should an impromptu election be called today, the Labour party might be asking for votes based on procrastinate manifesto. Or what would it say?

In the life of the current parliament, not only has Labour continue to travel without assuming any responsibility, it has also made very, absolutely very bad propositions.

Those propositions, although called 'lefty' or social, arent welcomed or accepted to the vast majority of the electorates. In fact, almost no one wants them.

An example is opposition to the review of State welfare to the so-called 'workless'. The Coalition was attacked left, right and centre; but in reality, no one who goes out to work and earns their living wants to see those who do not - for whatever reason - live in more expensive accommodation, all funded by the state. This is wrong and out of sync with a fair society.

This single act, amongst others, is the reason why most of these 'workless' prefer to live off the state rather than work. And this is even made more justifiable by Labour's taxation policy that left low earners on an endless vicious cycle of debt. With over 20% tax on a pittance annual salary of £15k, how would anyone survive on that paying bills, rent and feeding? Yet, some have family to sustain on it too. The wise ones, stop working and take it from the State.

So for the Labour party to start the bid for towards the next election, it has to draw up a full manifesto first that shows where it stands on governance. It is good enough to say the Coalition cuts are too fast - which we agree with - but the electorate would like to see slower cut and how it could be implemented. Otherwise, this is just a rhetoric.

Secondly, Labour has to show to support industriousness. A review of the welfare and tax system are long overdue and any party that cracks on with these and come out with a system that tax fairly and give State benefits to those that really need it, would be moving into Downing Street in flying colours. Labour could cease that opportunity. But what is it waiting for?

Thirdly, the Labour party must accept the wrong policies it enabled; i.e.,
  • sending every Tom & Harry to universities and ditching vocational skills,
  • making it difficult to acquire vocational qualifications by requiring so much theoretical qualifications,
  • creating so much red-tape on everyday issues through Health & Safety, etc and discouraging common sense,
  • encouraging worklessness by taxing low income earners far too much,
  • setting up a structure of recklessness in the financial sector which trickled down to establish consumerism,
  • enabling an environment of greed through wining & dining with the super rich (this is not demonizing the wealthy please) and establishing cash-for-honours and such like,
  • and the list goes.

Forty-one months may seem long but convincing the electorate will require confidence through tested policy. Because without the electorate getting used to a marked-out manifesto in comparison with the odious Coalition's blunders, voting for Labour may be too difficult a bet to invest in.

But there is time. Is there really?

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