The Wilted Rose

Charting Labour meltdown 2007-2010

The Wilted Rose awakens (again): Labour has not been a progressive party “for an age”

Watching Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers the other evening, the following line caught my attention:

TREEBEARD: The ents have not troubled about the wars of men and wizards for a very long time. But now something is about to happen that has not happened for an age

As you know, the ents keep discussing what they are going to do, and then finally do something about it. The parallel with new Labour is irresistible, except that Labour is still discussing what they are going to do about child poverty, entrepreneurship, job creation, and many other important policy matters. Socialist ideology has a lot to say about these issues, and yet its insistence upon massive public spending, the oversized state, and therefore high taxation (disproportionately on the less well off, i.e. the poor) means that Labour can never deliver.

Labour was once progressive. It was once a party that stood for something, and stood up for the working man or woman. Yet now, it is empty ideology and failed policies, that have led to one of the worst recessions that the UK has experienced since the 1920s.

Two years ago I started this blog, angered by the state of our country, and was particularly vexed by the murder of Rhys Jones and the lawlessness and the impunity with which perpetrators committed crimes. The torture and murder of Peter Connelly, or Baby P, who was recently named, and his pathetic mother and her coven of vicious men also highlights the social – and, in effect, socio-economic – failures of the New Labour project. And so have many other tragedies over the 12 years of Labour, from Blair to Brown.

Now while I admit that I have had some concerns about the Tories’ (and Mr Osborne’s) reactions to the recession, the Conservatives are in opposition and, arguably, would have reacted better if they were in Government. However, Mandelson’s attacks are groundless – Tim Montgomerie has already debunked them thoroughly.

I read Mandelson’s article and the front cover of Tuesday’s Guardian (it being one of few British newspapers available in Finland where I am until early September), but let me make this comparison. Why is it that, after 12 years of New Labour, a child born and brought up in Haringey fares so much worse than a child born and raised in one of the most socially deprived areas of Helsinki? Why is it inconceivable that the Baby P tragedy (and atrocity) would happen in Finland, and yet it happens again and again in Broken Britain?

Why indeed. If Labour set out to deal with the (socio-economic) causes of crime and to eradicate child poverty through its “Third Way” policies, that Lord Mandy constantly trumpets, why is it that these policies have been abject failures? What is the point of 12 years of Bliarism and Brownism when vulnerable families are being evicted daily, in their droves, from their homes due to repossessions by state-backed mortgage lenders? And, elsewhere, because they cannot afford the rent?

The truth is that Labour has had over a decade and yet has been too busy entertaining Cool Britannia to bother about doing what it said it would do in its 1997, 2001 and 2005 manifestos.

It is really Labour, of which Mandy boasts about being a major architect, that is the “Do Nothing Party”. Labour has not been a progressive party “for an age” and Mandelson’s article is yet more empty rhetoric to try to act as “The Emperor’s New Clothes” over a Government and Labour Party that is embarrassingly naked of delivering on its many broken promises.

Advertisements

13 August, 2009 - Posted by | politics | , , , , , , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. […] News Sources wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptWatching Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers the other evening, the following line caught my attention: TREEBEARD: The ents have not troubled about the wars of men and wizards for a very long time. But now something is about to happen that has not happened for an age … As you know, the ents keep discussing what they are going to do, and then finally do something about it. The parallel with new Labour is irresistible, except that Labour is still discussing what they are going to do about c […]

    Pingback by The Wilted Rose awakens (again): Labour has not been a progressive party “for an age” | 13 August, 2009 | Reply

  2. They’re still Progressive. It’s just that they’re progressing us into Hell.

    The American leftist Saul Alinnksy did dedicate his magnum opus “Rules for Radicals” to Satan, after all. And New Labour are very much an Alinskyite organisation.

    Comment by Simon Newman | 14 August, 2009 | Reply

    • I absolutely agree. At least Labour only has another 9 months in government at most…

      Comment by WR | 16 August, 2009 | Reply

  3. We certainly have a progressive tax system that punishes the productive and rewards the shiftless.If progressive means Socialist and Leftist then this vile Government ticks all the boxes.

    Comment by niconoclast | 15 August, 2009 | Reply

    • “Progressive” should mean social and economic progress, which is achieved not by envious redistribution and throwing lots of money at the problem: but by unshackling people and making them free. We’ve lost a lot of freedom under Labour.

      Comment by WR | 16 August, 2009 | Reply

  4. […] week The Wilted Rose – livid after reading a scurrilous Mandelson article in the Guardian – attempted to demolish Labour’s “progressive” credentials. Clearly, no one should be […]

    Pingback by It’s time for the centre-right to reclaim the word “progressive” « the wilted rose | 17 August, 2009 | Reply


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: