Who’s Left of Who?

I have had more feedback from my Anonymous contributor. Although I really do welcome challenging feedback, this will be the last time I reply through the public column (because I don’t want this to take over for everyone else!) – but please keep the comments coming! Now I don’t know if you’ve yet read The Orange Book but I suspect you’ve just seen the Gruniad story you cited (because it’s not out yet!) but it is a collection of ideas, not officail party policy. But I have pre-ordered my copy and am looking forward to reading it. I am a big fan of the Political Compass website, sometimes you can be surprised at where you find yourself on the left/right and libertarian/authoritarian scales. And without wishing to spoil it for anyone, it is quite surprising where some of our past and present leaders fit too. But fundamentally above anything else, I am a democrat. My own political leanings have change little over twenty years, but during that time the British Labour Party have moved from Michael Foot leftism to Tony Blair centrism. I think that you should align yourself with a party whose beliefs most closely resemble your own – you’ll never find a perfect fit. Politicians have to follow party lines or else nothing would ever get done – but my beliefs are my own, and I’ll never sacrifice them on the altar of party dogma. Labour have let me down, and it wasn’t just the war in Iraq. What rankle most is a party with a landslide majority being afraid to deliver on manifesto commitments as well as difficult issues. How about Hunting with Dogs, Tuition Fees, European Working Hours, Selective Education. If you are “Labour to the Core” you must be dissappointed at the failure to deliver on core labour issues? And as for the Euro: Labour promised to put us back at the heart of Europe and we continue to lag behind. The “Five Economic Tests” as far I can see are all “Could we be sure of winning the referendum?” Anyway, stick to your principles (as I stick to mine) – and thanks for your contributions!

One thought on “Who’s Left of Who?”

  1. Hello again…

    Once more thanks for getting back to me on my post yet again, a good debate is always to be enjoyed IMHO.

    I agree that no party ever matches a person to a tea, but the values of the Labour Party are my values, namely values in community over the interests of just the individual if there is one big divide between Labour on the one hand and the Tories and Liberals on the other it is that while Labour champions the group and co-operation, the other party’s champion the demands of the individual and the elite, and I’m sorry but I will always see the needs of the many as more important than the needs of the few, times change and party’s polices change to meet those new challenges but values remain the same, while the Labour Party’s polices have changed its vales are the same as they ever where…

    On “Being Labour to my Core”…

    Hunting with Dogs – I have no problem with hunting with dogs and really nor should a professed Liberal IMHO as surely its a persons’ right to protect their live stock and deal with pests such as foxes, no liberal would want to endorse some kind of “nanny state mentality would they? Now I would never want to ride round the country side with a load of Horary Henrys (far too many at my Uni) looking like a tit but some people do and while it should be regulated I have no problem with it continuing.

    Tuition Fees – I am a student from a lower middle class family and yes Tuition fees are an great burden but to be fair Universities need more money and so the government is faced with a pretty difficult dilemma between raising taxes for everyone or asking students to pay back some of the cost of their education once they are in full time employment and while I wish there was another way I think that “Tuition Fees? or “Graduate Taxes? are pretty much a case of being “as long as it is broad?.

    Selective Education – I have always opposed private education in all its forms however an opposition to private education does not necessarily mean that the state should not allow state schools to specialise and select pupils based on academic merit in a particular area. I think its wrong to confuse selection with paying for a child’s education, While I think Government policy with regards to education is disjointed I don’t think it is fundamentally wrong.

    Europe – Personally I’m not a Europhille, yep I’m one of that long dead breed of Peter Shore-Like Labour right-wingers who are euro sceptic in the true sense of the word , namely that they do not see either and economic not philosophical argument for “ever closer union? with Europe, but then again as I said I’m an Atlantasist and I see our natural ally and cultural twin as America and the old commonwealth nations rather than Europe. Don’t get me wrong I don’t favour withdrawal but I think along similar lines, as it would seem, Mark Oaten does (lol), with regards to Europe.

    But I must admit some disappointment with the timidity of this government but I both understand the reasons for this approach and also recognise the great achievements of this government in the improvements in public services, in the strength of the economy, in devolving power to Wales and Scotland and more widely in beginning to create a country where there is a greater emphasis on what a person can do to help their neighbour, their community, indeed their country rather than just them…in my view this government has achieved a lot and yes it has been timid on some issues where it should be bullish and strident on some issues that should have been given a little more thought, but “you take the rough with the smooth?.

    Glad you appreciated my input, good blog and keep tapping away at it… and as ya say, stick to your guns, because you always have to do what ya thinks right no matter what that is…

    Good Luck Comrade.

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