Wednesday, July 30, 2008

That Milliband Article

I'm mostly a member of the "lets not indulge in stupid press fueled speculation" faction of the party. I'd also have to say that if a leadership contest were to arise I don't think Milliband would be my preferred choice for leader. Regardless of all that, I have to say that it was a very good article.

The Tories have been dominating the news agenda, they've managed to shape coverage around their ideas. David's article tackles the Tories head on, it exposes their broken society rhetoric as empty, it takes every Tory claim that's wormed it's way onto the tips of peoples toungues and rightly delivers a factual smackdown. It finishes off by making clear exactly what it means to be Labour.

Every member of the Labour party carries with them a simple guiding mission on the membership card: to put power, wealth and opportunity in the hands of the many, not the few.

This is, over and above everything else, what it means to be Labour. As one commenter says.

I'll be voting Labour at the next election and I'll tell you why.

I'm 85 and been in and out of hospital frequently since 1992. I can say categorically that things are infinitely better now . Back in 1992 not just a long waiting list but when you got a date you had to ring up on the morning to see if there was still a bed. 2 times out of 3 there was not. Now medical procedures have improved and speeded up. When the consultant says "we'll have another look in six months" you get an appointment in precisely six months. In the nineties a medical exam under anaesthetic meant three days in hospital now you go in at 8AM and sent home 4PM. Many internal examinations are now done by endoscopy and you only spend a couple of hours in hospital. I know because I served on a Health Service Committee that the long waiting lists were due to lack of funding.

I'm also voting Labour because I'm better off. Yes things are tighter than they were 12 months ago but I'm a damn sight better off than 12 years ago. Then my pension just about covered day to day living, now there is some over for the odd luxury.

No doubt the above will cause apoplexy among the majority who contribute to Cif. I get the impression they are nihilists or anarchists and anti-government and within six months of a change of government the bile and invective will be as OTT as it is now.

Btw will those who use the silly phrase "NuLabour" do so in the opening sentence. I can then skip to the next comment because I know their unoriginal contribution will be the same old rubbish that all users of "NuLabour" spout.

The same applies too to those who use BLiar, Broon Harperson et al. If you've got a constructive point you want to make it is not improved by unoriginal Private Eye name calling.

In conclusion then, what David said is exactly what we should all be saying if we want to win a fourth term.

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