Opinion – Forward, comrades! | The Economist – John Gelmini

Plaque recording the location of the formation...

Plaque recording the location of the formation of the British Labour Party in 1900. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf is right to be worried about the Labour party’s inability to get it’s act together and hold the Conservative Party to account.

They claim to “need to understand why they were defeated” and are in denial.

The answer is first to understand the truth and then change.

As with Elizabeth Kubler Ross and her 8 stages of bereavement and 7 stages of divorce, the Labour party are stuck in the first stage (Denial) which is like a widow, widower or parent not acknowledging that their spouse or child is dead.

The Trades Unions and the BBC and left-wing “intelligentsia” are at stage 2 (Anger), which is why they are blaming the public for “not getting the message” and the “right wing press”.

The BBC are co-opting “luvvies” and people like Sir David Attenborough to write letters to try and persuade the Government to back down on BBC reform, which is long overdue given the poll tax like nature of the licence fee and the accompanying gravy-train, whereby ex-Labour ministers, like James Purnell get paid 295000 gbp a year for doing virtually nothing.

Labour needs to ask voters in large numbers why they voted as they did and then develop policies to meet those concerns and those of equal importance which the Government is not addressing.

A start would be severing links with trades unions and confronting the medical profession and local authority Chief Executives, rather than banging on about cuts to services.

Actually answering questions would be a good idea for all politicians but not saying anything about what they would do about policies they claim to dislike is not credible.

Nor is it credible for them to be against cuts yet demand no cuts in public services.

We do not need 43 English constabularies, fire commands and county councils, nor do we need district and borough councils, unitary authorities, city councils and mid county councils, London and Metropolitan Borough Councils, yet all we hear from Corbyn, Burnham, Kendall, Cooper and the weak Umana is talk of “savage cuts”.

Clearly, the Labour party needs to wake up but as yet their self-induced torpor has descended upon them and paralyzed their brains.

As George Osborne surmises, they have for now become a petulant irrelevance incapable of articulating a credible position on anything let alone being an opposition.

John Gelmini

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