Labour is not progressive…and the Greens are idealistic unrealists!
January 2, 2011 § 6 Comments
A New Year message to all of my fellow Lib Dems: don’t leave and join other alternatives believing they are more progressive.
According to press reports Labour ‘leader’ ‘Red’ Ed Miliband is going to, yet again, appeal to Lib Dems tomorrow…asking them to ‘work with him’ in pursuit of our ‘shared ambition of progressive policies.’
This may, at first glance, seem an attractive option.
‘Red’ Ed is-without doubt- to the Left of the current Lib Dem leadership, he even is prepared to publicly refer to himself as a ‘socialist,’ a political tradition which has never succeeded wherever it has been tried and has long since been derided here.
Miliband only got elected because of the trade union vote and is widely viewed to have been an utter failure as Labour Leader thus far.
I was recently quoted on the national BBC News website questioning Miliband’s abilities at PMQ’s…so far his performances have been derisory.
O f course Opposition leadership is about more than just PMQ’s, but it is a very public example of his lacklustre abilities.
Miliband may have disregarded some of the worst elements of New Labour policies, but he can’t shake off the fact that his parliamentary party is largely made up of ‘New Labour ‘MP’s.’
These are people who still believe the invasion of Iraq was legal, who are fine with taking away people’s civil liberties, who saw the gap between the poorest and richest widen in their thirteen years in office.
So, Miliband can try and cling to as many left-wing policies as he likes, but his party remains very right-wing in outlook.
No wonder Labour has no policies; how can they possibly agree an agenda when the leadership is way more left-wing than a majority of his own MP’s?
Despite some of the tough decisions we’re having to take as part of this Coalition, there is no doubt that we remain far more progressive than our Labour opponents…and, unlike them, we have a chance to put our policies into action.
O.k., you might ask, but what about the Greens?
I was a member of the Green Party for a few years, even attending some meetings (I had to travel to Leicester, as they had no local party nearer to me) and doing some publicity for them, but I soon realised the following:
* The Greens are very easy to like, very idealistic, have taken up almost every left-wing cause imaginable…but they are not realistic, they are not pragmatic, they are not plausible.
* They are a one man band (or, rather, one woman band)…I like Caroline Lucas but she is the party’s only nationally recognisable face and may as well be an independent. The party needs her more than she needs the party.
So, it’s clear-to me at least, that we remain the most progressive party with any chance of putting centre-left policies into place; helping the weakest and poorest people in our country.
We must not succumb to other parties who may have all the rhetoric in the world, but are either smudging their own records/beliefs or with no real chance of achieving anything very much at all.