Friday, July 01, 2011

Ambiguous Newman and Balls

Dear Editor,

Like me, many will have found it incredibly rich to read Labour councillor Tony Newman’s letter on Tory tactics to privatise the NHS, libraries and care homes [Your Say - 8th June Our bins, health….]. Readers will know that Labour started the ball rolling towards NHS privatisation, and Labour councils across the country are selling care homes too. In addition, we must not forget it is Labour that has paved the way for Royal Mail privatisation, something Margaret Thatcher never dared contemplate.

The organisation Political Compass shows us that there is very little to differentiate the main three parties in their quest to sell off what is publicly owned.

Yours sincerely

Shasha Khan

Croydon Green Party

Its been fascinating [well maybe not fascinating] watching how Labour politicians both locally and nationally are ambiguously displaying traditional Labour values in their communications to appease rank and file Labourites, whilst trying not to appear pro-trade union/anti-privatisation to the wider general public.

Above is a letter I sent both to the Croydon Advertiser and Croydon Guardian. Local Labour leader Councillor Tony Newman roll-called services due for privatisation, but took care not to be critical of the policy of privatisation itself, just the respective consultations relating to the actual services. I wanted to make it clear to readers who might be taken in by this tactic.

Nationally, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls MP is doing the same thing by condemning the ConDems for their appalling negotiating methods but stopping short of backing union demands. In fact Balls has gone as far as to say striking Trade Unions are falling into a trap, ambiguously calling on Unions not to use their democratic right to withhold their labour. Evidence of Labour's cool support for public sector workers and their concerns over changes to their pensions can be seen in the pitiful number of Labour MP's supporting John McDonnell's EDM.

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