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“The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” — Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

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Having thought further about Labour’s announcement they will repeal the Bedroom Tax legislation, and having read SPeye’s enlightening article here-

Labour to scrap the bedroom tax – a huge political mistake and huge opportunity missed.

It put me in mind of Lenin’s statement “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” And Margaret Thatcher’s acceptance of this philosophy when she answered what she thought was her greatest achievement with “Tony Blair and New Labour.”

I have long held the belief that Blair and his Blairites were the Tories answer to opposition, groomed to take over the Labour Party so that there would be no effective opposition to capitalism in this country.

Even if I am wrong and they were not ‘groomed’ for culpable opposition, certainly the face of British politics was undeniably changed because of New Labour’s acceptance of capitalism and globalisation rather than following it’s traditional role of opposition and education of the masses on the evils of capitalism.

How does this relate to Labour’s statement on the Bedroom Tax? Quite simply SPeye explains why the announcement by Labour is a political mistake since they will now have to argue their case on economic grounds rather than have the economic case pre-argued on the fiscal disaster the Bedroom Tax is; the Bedroom Tax costs the taxpayer more than Housing Benefit, therefore it’s repeal will save money.

What could this mean? A get-out clause for Labour if and when they are elected, on the ground’s they cannot follow through on their promise because it is not economically viable- or that if they do not have a big enough majority, they will not be able to push through the tax reforms they now have to argue will pay for it.

Either way, Thatcher’s greatest achievement could once again prove to be a favourable result for the Tory party and their wealthy cohorts.

Written by Smiling Carcass

21/09/2013 at 11:36 AM

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  1. Miliband really should have highlighted just how much how the bedroom tax is costing more both socially and financially. If Milliband put up a convincing strategy how to defeat the bedroom tax then LibDem MPs would probably force their leaders to break with the Tories in order to try and save their pathetic skins. They’re much safer as long as the parties have more-or-less the same policies, because they’re not exposed by any unfavourable comparisons. He’d have to pledge to abolish the bedroom tax – which he says he will, call on councils to refuse to implement it and back them up with a promise to restore any funding they lose. The bedroom tax could be scrapped tomorrow, and the coalition made to look ridiculous, which would compromise their grip on power.

    Personally I don’t think flakey Ed will abolish the bedroom tax until just before the 2019 election. That’s assuming Labour get in by default


    21/09/2013 at 12:30 PM

    • I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think they’ll abolish it at all. They may repeal the Tories BT, but they will, I think replace it with something ‘not so nasty’ as their austerity policy seems to be.

      Let’s not forget, all but a very few Labour politician’s (I hate calling them Labour) are closet Tories. I don’t trust them and if people vote Labour on the basis of this the 8th May 2015 will be a day too late if they do a ‘Cleggy’ and renege on their promise. They’ll have 5 years of Big Brother, Jeremy Kyle and the X-Factor to lull the sheeple back to sleep.

      Smiling Carcass

      21/09/2013 at 12:50 PM

  2. No probs with money, B’cos we have blown the whistle on Created money. Every1 talking about it now. It’s a question of TRUST. They have broken so many promises. I am bringing Unions & Peoples Assemblies together on FB now come & join us


    21/09/2013 at 1:45 PM

  3. Reblogged this on Vox Political and commented:
    According to a personal Facebook friend (as opposed to a friend of Vox Political), “policy has to be evidence based. The Tories justified the Bedroom Tax by claiming it would make savings to the housing benefit bill, and would reallocate social housing according to ‘need’. Of course we know that’s b*****ks, but justification has to be given all the same. Labour are obliged to justify any change to policy, also, and to cost it too. It’s part of the law, and part of Parliamentary process, not to mention a democratic safeguard in principle… it can’t happen on the basis of ‘common sense’ alone.”
    I am disturbed at how quick everybody has been to jump in and berate Labour FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING! At this time it is exactly right for Labour to announce it would rid the country of the bedroom tax, and in my opinion the idea of using it as an excuse to tax hedge funds and get rid of the equally-despicable shares-for-workers’-rights scheme is a work of genius.
    Long-time friend of Vox Political, Smiling Carcass, doesn’t see it this way. What do you think of the argument presented here?

    Mike Sivier

    21/09/2013 at 5:32 PM

    • Thanks for the reblog, Mike, but I’m afraid I don’t trust Labour. I hope I’m wrong, and further reforms we have been fighting for, I am sure you already know, have been announced.

      We must ask whether Labour have announced this policy because it is morally right to have such a policy (in which case, why wasn’t it announced earlier?) or because it is a vote catcher?

      As for justifying the removal of BT, on the economic grounds it is more expensive that HB would be adequate to satisfy parliamentary rules and legislation? The evidence is there.

      Removing tax loopholes should be done on the basis they are immoral at all times, not just when others are experiencing austerity.

      It’ll be interesting to see other people’s view on Labour’s announcement.

      Smiling Carcass

      22/09/2013 at 1:38 PM

  4. People on the ground tell a different story. Roughly a third of their clients are driven to desperation by delays in benefit – no change in proportion, only in the numbers. The new factor is the impact of changes in benefit, as the bedroom tax and sanctions bite, and councils get to grips with ever tighter budgets and smaller crisis funds. That now accounts for a fifth of those entitled to food parcels (which are only available to those with a formal referral).

    Bessie Rich

    19/11/2013 at 2:51 AM

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