I saw a the loveliest wee baby boy while i was waiting on my friend getting her hair done aaargh!
British politics feels as though its been spinning on its head in the past few weeks. Like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, it feels as though we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel get farther and father away as we approach an uncertain, backwards landscape, where nothing is as it seems.
Firstly, we had the defeat of Labour in the Glasgow East by-election. It created, what the SNP called, ‘a political earthquake’. For Labour to lose a seat which they have held for over 50 years isn’t just a case of poor candidature, although, Margaret Curran did seem quite happy to take this defeat purely on her shoulders. No, this has been the culmination of widespread political turmoil for the Labour party in Scotland and South of the border. It could have been described as a valiant move on behalf of Margaret Curran- to put herself forward for election in Glasgow East, because it was never going to be an easy ride. However, Scottish Labour was without a leader and with more than a whiff of scandal still lingering, it seemed the Glasgow East seat was something of a hot potato. Simply, Margaret Curran needed to put herself in the ring just to save Labour incurring more ridicule. Still though, for her to suggest these wider party issues had nothing to do with her defeat is commendable. All being said, SNP deserved to win Glasgow East- not only on the brilliant campaign they fought but the credibility of the candidate (something Margaret Curran lost the first day of her campaign) and the record on which the new SNP government can stands.
So, if things were going wrong for Gordon Brown before Glasgow East, they were about to get a whole lot worse. In the alternate universe that is Westminster, rumblings about Gordon Brown’s leadership credibility began to shake cracks in his iron support. Let’s face it, he didn’t do himself any favours when he eradicated the 10p tax rate and increased the car tax rate- after all, can we really believe Darling had any elbow room in his first budget?
Everyone seemed to be looking forward to their holidays, and Gordon Brown slid out of the heat of the kitchen to peaceful Suffolk. Meanwhile, those shaking in their constituency boots waited for someone to stick their head above the parapet and test the waters for a leadership challenge. Hi-Ho silver for David Miliband, who, with all the subtlety of brick to the back of the head- prints a manifesto for change for the Labour party. We couldn’t have made it up if we tried, but in this article didn’t mention one word of Gordon Brown’s role as leader, now or in the future.
But, it seems David has been a little naive. No sooner had he dotted the i’s of his Guardian article than the Brown supporters had taken aim with their cross-bows and shot him down in bloody, embarrassing pieces.
Now we are hearing loud cries of ‘off with his head’. It seems that Gordon Brown will not be shifted from the office he waited ten years (at least) to hold. Now, if David Miliband is ejected in the suggested Cabinet reshuffle to come- it seems there is indeed a high price to be paid for not painting the roses red.
There have been strong messages that people DO want the sort of change David Miliband wrote of in his article, both openly and covertly. Even if some people in the wonderful land of wonderland, where expenses flow and smoking is permitted indoors, don’t want a change of leadership-shouldn’t it be opened up to the people to vote? Gordon Brown and his people seem to know better than any of us of course, and insist he is the right man for the job. It makes me a little nervous that he will never call a general election.
If Labour stay as stubborn as this then they may as well hand over the keys to number 10 over to David Cameron with compliments of Gordon Brown. To say that they are sleepwalking into political oblivion is probably an understatement. To have a government with ten years of some success, but more memorably, huge mistakes and now to do nothing to help the UK’s most vulnerable or accept some fundamental changes- is surely kicking New Labour into the long grass and out of government for many years to come.
Alanna Fiona O’Donnell
There are no doubts, despite press statements, that Labour MP’s have received the message loud and clear from Foreign Minister David Miliband- that he is willing to rescue Labour from the depths of despair. Today Milliband released an article to The Guardian Newspaper, detailing how he feels Labour can still win the next general election- and calls for radical changes.
It’s being called ‘Milibands Manifesto’ and although ‘change’ is the buzzword of the article, Miliband makes no mention of Gordon Brown, nor his future as leader of the country.
In a later press conference, Miliband denied that it was a signal that he would challenge Gordon Brown’s leadership but refused to rule himself out as a possible candidate in the future. He also gave no firm support to the Prime Minister, nor did he openly praise his role as PM in the past year.
“His leadership has shown itself to be of strong value, and one which shows itself to have brought a team around it who are able to make a contribution, which is good.”
Already this ‘team’ which surround Gordon Brown have rounded on David Miliband, calling him ‘an immature, self serving traitor who shows no loyalty’.
Harsh words. But will Gordon Brown be able to rally enough support in the face of an imminent defeat from the conservatives? Miliband’s move has been welcomed by some MP’s who have already began to call for heads to role in the Cabinet following the shock Glasgow East by-election defeat. Some MP’s are starting to shift in their chairs with discomfort as the figures against Labour pile up around the country.
One journalist, a former Brown supporter said, ” I think there has to be a leadership contest.
They need to make some radical changes if they expect to regain all the support they have lost among the electorate. David will have to fight for it though and there will be a proper contest. Labour will want to know his policy’s before they hand over the leadership. I think they wish they had asked some tougher questions about Gordon Brown’s direction before they crowned him leader because Labour were already in trouble because of Blair.”
Personally, as a voter, I would be a lot more comfortable voting for Labour in the UK elections if Gordon Brown was not at the helm of the party. Having taken the country into an era of the highest degree of personal debt, which he encouraged remember,
- having overseen the decision to go to war
- the highest hospital deaths from infections,
- PFI rip-offs,
- cash for honors,
- the DOME?!?,
- lets not forget scrapping the 10p tax rate,
- higher car tax
- non intervention into billions of pounds of profit while pensioners freeze…..the list goes on.
Let’s hope Miliband’s ‘radical’ changes benefit the ordinary person and not just the big business and the crooked international leaders that Gordon Brown has pandered to for the last decade.
British Gas are to increase their prices for Gas by 35% and Electric by 9% with immediate effect.
Two words…I’m screwed!
Do you think, one day, we will all sit around and have a good laugh about this?
Gordon Brown has refused claims that he should demand a General Election after Labour’s humiliating defeat in the Glasgow East by-election, a seat which they held for 50 years. Brown is fast becoming one of the most unpopular Prime Ministers in history, but he still insists that he is ‘the right man for the job’ stating 10 years of economic growth under his belt as Chancellor of the Exchequer. Here is a man, who truely believes he did a fantastic job at running the economy. But did he really?
Some people might talk about the fact that Gordon Brown pioneered the introduction of the Tax Credit system. Minister’s will claim that this system brought millions of people out of poverty. But what we won’t hear is how when the Government overpaid thousands of people by hundreds, sometimes thousands of pounds this was then mercilessly clawed back. Leaving many in a worse of position.
My mother was one unfortunate person. She was overpaid by WTC for over 2 years, through no fault of her own- 100% their fault, but it didn’t stop them garnishing her £14,000 yearly wage by £100 a month. To date she has paid around £3000 back but continues to recieve letters asking for more ridiculous sums of money. Meanwhile, Gordon Brown lets people who earn MILLIONS of pounds claim NON-DOMICILED status and avoid paying tax. Good managment?
Everyone knows the world economy affects the UK economy. Fair enough. But, did the prudent chancellor Brown save anything for a rainy day? No! He borrowed more, and more, and more! Now he has even had to break the golden rule he set himself not to borrow over 40% GDP. Why DID Alastair Darling have to cut the 10p tax rate? To BOOST Tax of course, because the Government were skint.
Let’s not even get into the myriad of financial sleaze surrounding this government. We all know the feeling of being sick to our stomach at the thought of people taking our money and living the highlife while we work more hours than the rest of Europe and still have the highest social poverty.
Now that Labour have lost the Glasgow East seat, the rest of Labour MP’s are shifting in their’s with the realisation that the man in charge is leading them down the garden path to the big gate of unemployment. The New Labour experiment is over. They have alienated the unions, the workers, the working class…who do they have left? Brown knows the answer to that question already and that is why he will not concede to calling an election in the near future.
Gordon Brown has fought to get New Labour up and running, he was THE main creator of this party. He waited while Tony Blair took the main job and put up with his bolshi wife and rabble of kids. He has waited TEN YEARS! If you waited for something for that long, would you let it go easily? No. He knows he made a mess of it, he knows Tony made a mess of it. But almost with the same mentality as Robert Mugabe, he believes he is ENTITLED to be there, that he ‘is the best man for the job!’.
Lets hope he is not far wrong, because if he’s wrong, we are all in trouble!
The only action Brown can take to stop the villagers lighting the pitchforks is to reinstate the 10p tax rate, cut the Tax credit debt, fire Caroline Flint, cut the fuel duty and LISTEN to people. Will that happen? What do you think??
The Scottish electorate have delivered a devestating blow to 10 Downing Street after overturning the Glasgow East Labour seat which has been held for over 50 years.
On a personal note, I am glad that the people of Glasgow East have not tolerated any longer the lack of respect which has become so apparent in this recent by-election. Margaret Curran really did the party no favours from the get go by lying and taking the electorate there for fools. They have been the ruling party in this constituency for too long, they have become complacent and now Westminster will have to sit up and take notice.
This has been a hard won victory for the SNP and because I have helped in the campaign, I feel even more proud that confidence in the Scottish National Party in government is strong enough to defeat Labour in their third most secure seat. The activists for the SNP deserve a LOT of credit because they have worked their fingers to the bone to secure this win for SNP in Glasgow East.
A lot of credit due of course to John Mason who has performed extremely well for his party in all the debates. John deserves the seat, least of all because he has put the last 9-10 years of his life into the area.
Unlike Margaret Curran, he never resorted to personal sniping- loud mouth domination of debates or even throwing out the odd ‘slip of the tongue’ to help him secure the win. Although I have felt a lot of anger at the way Margaret Curran has conducted her campagne, I have to say, at the end of this election count she looks tired, tearful and just in utter shock. Oh well…
BRING ON PROGRESS FOR GLASGOW EAST! BRING ON THE CHALLENGE TO WESTMINSTER COMPLACENCY TO GLASGOW EAST ISSUES…BRING ON THE INDEPENDENCE DEBATE!
By Alanna O’Donnell
Trouble has broken out tonight in one of the main polling stations in the Glasgow East by-election. Gangs of youths began fighting in the grounds near the polling station at Garthamlock Primary School while concerned voters and SNP activists looked on. One man was injured after being hit by a bottle and another was slashed with a knife.
Councillor Billy McCallister was present and called police to report the outbreak of violence. It has been reported that police seemed reluctant to investigate the fighting and needed SNP Cllr McCallister to insist they attend the scene.
Reports from activists taking exit polls are that the SNP are doing very well so far and hope is still high that they can over turn Labour’s majority in the East End of Glasgow and win the seat.
The SNP have trebled their FPTP seats in 2007 compared to 1999. They have continued to gain the confidence of the Scottish people thought their hard work and through their dedication to serving the interests of the Scottish people, rather than being subservient to the interests of Whitehall.
The SNP has listened to and fought for the people of Scotland, from University students who faced paying a graduate endowement fee to pensionsers struggling to pay prescription charges.
A Labour stronghold for the last 50 years, the East End of Glasgow continues to suffer from one of the highest levels of poverty in Europe. Over recent years, while the living standards of some have increased, many others have found thier poverty has deepened, with the Gap between rich and poor widening under Labour. The people of the East End of Glasgow are despondant of Labours constant claims that ‘their hands are tied’ and their unwillingness to challenge their Leadership in London- no matter how much hardship it brings to their constituents.
It’s time they had an MP who was not afraid to stand up for them, to make sure they are heard and their issues raised. The people of the East End deserve better, they deserve a real voice and they need change.
Its time the SNP got the chance to fight for the people of the East End of Glasgow in London. Glasgow East must vote John Mason, SNP.
Scotland has kept many Labour governments in power. Today, Scots feel greatly let down by the rightwing shenanigans of their ain folk (Brown and Darling) in London. Combine this with the SNP’s genuine leadership in Scotland and once-clear Labour voters are now being posed a tricky question. Glasgow East will be a tale of two governments: the minority SNP government at Holyrood, which has won hearts and minds in the nation; and the Labour government in Westminster, which is sleepwalking towards political oblivion. Labour are in a lose-lose situation. They will return a dramatically slashed majority at best, probably exacerbated by a painfully low turnout. And while that core of working class Glaswegian voters means chances of an SNP victory are slim, anything can happen. Anything. After all, 20 years ago I would never have conceived of a devolved Scotland led by an SNP government in Holyrood.”
Hardeep Singh Kohli, Monday July 14th. Guardian Newspaper.