New Labour’s Hall of Shame

May 5, 2010 at 3:40 pm 4 comments

It’s a safe bet that this is being written on the final day of the New Labour Project. If you’d told me, on 2nd May 1997, that I’d be actively campaigning and longing for the defeat of a Labour Government, I’d have been horrified. Yes, I voted for them in ’97 and even in 2001 (though for the excellent Old Labour Alice Mahon, and there was no Green….) and therefore my sense of betrayal is almost unbearably strong.

 Books have been written, with many more to come I’m sure, about their multiple failings. Iraq looms largest – it got me and many others into the Green Party – and I’ve blogged at length on what will undoubtedly be the chief legacy of these 13 years.

 I want to move beyond that, to remind us all of the other betrayals. For anyone who is still toying with the idea that Labour are a real alternative to the Tories, let me give you a whistle-stop tour of why they are not:

  • They broke their promise to renationalise the railways
  • They broke their promise to introduce voting reform
  • They introduced tuition fees and used the most despicable distortions to try to justify it
  • They colluded in torture
  • They’ve been intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich, themselves most of all
  • They locked people up in Belmarsh and refused to put them on trial -“We know he’s guilty, we just can’t prove it” For God’s sake, it needed the Tories to stop them destroying rights we’ve had since Magna Carta!
  • They’ve encouraged businesses to sponsor their horrible ‘academies’
  • They’ve done their best to sell off the profitable bits of the NHS .
  • PFI

 I’ll finish with a genuine lament. This was all done by the party of Kier Hardie, Nye Bevan, Clement Attlee and Michael Foot. Don’t ask how or why – we already know. Dry your eyes, look for alternatives and whatever you do, don’t vote for them or the Conservatives tomorrow!

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  • 1. Andy Preston  |  May 5, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Again Ms. Sweeny, choosing not to vote Labour in protest over Iraq is, childish and simplistic. It is lashing out at a handful of politicians (the most significant of which is no longer in parliament) in a way that will realise only the very worst Pyrrhic victory.

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  • 2. h0wgreenismyvalley  |  May 6, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Have you read my post Andy? Not sure that objecting to the repeal of Habeas Corpus is childish or simplistic….

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  • 3. Andy Preston  |  May 6, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Very revealing Ms. Sweeny. A typical politicians response. Nothing demonstrating a progressive new approach to politics in that reply.

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    • 4. h0wgreenismyvalley  |  May 8, 2010 at 8:45 pm

      So….NOT objecting to the repeal of habeas corpus would be progressive?

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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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