Ed’s Big Speech- in support of the Tory Party.
I received this email from Ed Miliband-
Before I give my speech on Party reform this morning, I wanted you to be the first to know what I’m going to say.
Britain needs a better way of doing politics. And that has to start in our own Party.
What we saw in Falkirk is part of the death throes of the old politics.
In its place, I am determined to build a new politics, one fit for our Party, for our country, for this century.
Here are the first, concrete steps I am taking:
1. Our relationship with millions of trade union members is essential, but in the twenty-first century individual trade unionists should be given the chance to make a personal, active choice to become affiliated members of our Party; I want a mass membership party not of 200,000 but of many more.
2. Because we want the widest possible range of people representing Labour in Parliament, we need the fairest possible selection process. I will impose strict campaign spending limits for candidates seeking selection and for organisations helping them.
3. We will pick our Party’s candidate for London mayor in 2016 using a primary — a fair process open to all Londoners who share our values.
You have my word that this reform will be thorough, wholesale and lasting.
I believe it is absolutely essential for the future of democracy in our country.
The plans above are just the first steps, but it won’t end here. I want to hear from you — what are your ideas for us to take this further?
This isn’t going to be a Westminster process — this is for the whole Party to be involved in. Let me have your ideas
This is my response-
“Labour should stop trying to be all things to all people, recognise its roots (in the Trades Union movement) and return to its traditional values of supporting the working class against capitalists, not supporting the capitalists against the working class, hoping some of their good fortune will trickle down and keep us sedated.
Those are Tory values and we all know that this ‘trickle down’ just doesn’t happen. The capitalists are not going to give us higher wages, better working conditions or pay their taxes unless we force them to do so; we have had to TAKE every improvement the working class has ever seen.
We need to return to that philosophy- public ownership of the means of production and an equitable distribution of the wealth created therein.
I have not supported the Labour Party since 1997 and will not do so until a return to traditional labour movement values is recognised as the only way forward for the disenfranchised, the unemployed, those unable to work and the poorly paid.”
You may wish to tell the Labour Party and leadership what you think of their ever increasing move to the political right and what you expect from them-