Are you local?

I am indebted to Anonymous for his(her?) recent comments. I actually respect the point about being local (although it puts me in mind of Tubs and Edward of League of Gentlemen fame!); but I have to say that Middlesborough is at least somewhat closer to Hartlepool that Hamstead! To be fair, Jody has pledged to live and work in the constituency if elected. But I can’t accept that while New Labour could still be a natural home for someone with a “left of centre” view on life, the LibDems could not. I respect you for your loyalty – but the sight of President Blair strutting around on the world stage as an arrogant sidekick to George W Bush is about as far removed from the politics of Neil Kinnock and John Smith as my imagination will stretch. The relentless cronyism that has seen two formidable, respected politicians like Kinnock and Chris Patten replaced as our repesentation on the European stage by a third-chancer like Peter Mandelson is more than many long term Labour supporters can stomach. Hartlepool may be Labour heartland – but they’d better not take this one for granted. Labour in government have become increasingly arrogant and detached from public opinion – I think the good people of Hartlepool are ready to tell them so.

2 thoughts on “Are you local?”

  1. Thanks for the mention Steve…

    I must confess that my original post may seem a little rambling at the start and sorry for that.

    But both Soulsby and Wright would make excellent MPs and in both cases would be better than any LibDem (sorry that’s pure tribal labour there.. lol). But as I said I respect the Libertarian views that the Liberal Party represent, it’s just I disagree with them and can’t understand the appeal of them to a former Labour supporter… but we’ve been over this ground before…

    …as an aside when ever I campaign for the Party I always make a point of saying to people who I speak to that the other candidates are no “badies? or “bad human beings?, but that all of them Tory, Labour and Liberal are usually going to be decent people who want to work hard for their community… that said I think Ian Wirght will make a far better and more effective MP than Dunn ever could, and strangely since the Leicester South election and Gill’s confession to smugly insulting Michael Howard in the Commons Bar and his refusal to stand down from the City Council, my opinion of him has gone down, but he is an isolated case IMHO and with a little luck Peter Soulsby (who I know quite well) will run again and retake the seat.

    On the issue of changing Party, was it purely international concerns that tipped you over to the Liberals? Or was Labour’s domestic policy also a concern? Its just the international side of things I can understand, despite being a firm Atlantasist I opposed the war and marched in London against it, but on domestic policy I can’t see how the Liberals are anymore leftwing than Labour, yes Kennedy has rejected the “idea of choice? in public services but look at what other leading Liberals are suggesting such as Oaten, Hughes and Law? They are advocating an even more free market approach. Now Kennedy is ex-SDP so I can understand that he leans to the left on public services but he is very much in the minority within the Party leadership, who are generally far far more libertarian in their attitudes, I really would suggest that you check out this book http://www.politicos.co.uk/item.jsp?ID=4243 and see how “leftwing? its recommendations are (also check this article http://politics.guardian.co.uk/libdems/story/0,9061,1275582,00.html ), and also I would recommend that you look at the Liberal attitudes to welfare and their fondness for cutting spending at the expense of social services and the less well off in society, I come from Leicester and the cuts in spending on community projects has been damaging…

    …sorry to rant, I don’t mean to, I’m just a little perplexed, as always I wish you well and I’d be very interested to hear more about your decision to “switch? if cronyism is a problem then look at Harold Wilson ? … but seriously I’d be interested to hear.

    Oh and I am a student at KCL who comes originally from Leicester, a city I really love, and I’m Labour to my core, yeah sometimes I think this government does the wrong thing but on many issues I think they’ve done really well.

    Cheers

  2. Interesting that you don’t actually say sorry for recycling the lie about where Jody Dunn lives Steve…
    It’s easy to dismiss how some of us feel about the Libs as ‘tribalism’; truth is I just don’t like liars. Whether they’re lying about stepping down from councils, (Gill) or cuting their allowances (Newcastle City Council) all the evidence is that the Libs lie their way to power…

    By the way, if Jody lives and works in the constituency she won’t be much use; the job invovles going to westminster (handy for Hampstead eh???)

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