Observation of Labour Victories in Local Government Elections Results 2012.
Who remembers the results from last year’s local elections results? Yes it was bad but comparing to this year’s results all I could think of some councils coalitions or no overall control. Many labour activists (not the armchairs ones) did their best to turn their wards into Labour. Well done to them.
Across the UK saw some upset in the Local Elections which Labour would never in a life time like in Birmingham Sutton Vesey became a Labour Ward the candidate would always say Labour vote went up such and such every year that he stood.
To be frank and honest nobody would believe that one day that he would turn the ward around to Labour. The morale of this story is hard work will pay off as I revisit the results of a Labour victories across the UK.
I noticed a ward in Cardiff where it was dominated by Plaid Cymru in an amazing by-election a Labour candidate won it.
What was to follow again took my breath way this time 3 Labour candidates regained their mojo to win 3 seats leaving Plaid Cymru playing down expectations of doing well under its new leader Leanne Wood, who was elected in March, saying the elections came too early in her tenure to be seen as a verdict on her.
Meanwhile David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s efforts to breathe life into their conservative coalition in the wake of disastrous local elections results are doomed to failure. While members of both parties are expressing their own disillusionment with the coalition, the PM and his deputy have nothing fresh to offer.
They remain wedded to each other and to the bankers’ austerity agenda that has delivered recession to Britain and the rest of Europe. Cameron plays the same cracked gramophone record, repeating constantly that the government has a responsibility to deal with the “economic mess” left by the last Labour government.
Labour’s decision to offer state support to the banks after denying every other industry was indeed costly, but the Tories supported it. Their only disagreement with Gordon Brown over the City is that they wanted even less financial regulation. Clegg denies an “ideological obsession” with trimming the public sector, asserting that not leaving the national debt to future generations is a “clear moral responsibility.”
How anyone who has betrayed so many manifesto promises as Clegg has can talk about moral responsibility is a dilemma that could be phrased as an exam question to university students who believed his pre-election guff about opposing higher tuition fees. As if the two men were not in enough trouble, their double act was heralded by disgraced former minister David Laws who suggested that the pair would show “unity and shared purpose.” The wealthy man who claimed nearly £1,000 a month in expenses to which he wasn’t entitled stresses coalition commitment to its policies on the economy, “education reform, welfare reform” – making workers, pensioners, students and claimants stump up to cover debts run up by the banks.
Westminster whisperers suggest constantly that Laws could be on the brink of returning to Cabinet, having served his time on the back benches for having his fingers in the till.
Perhaps Ed Miliband could respond by promoting Hazel Blears to shadow Laws, thus exemplifying the parliamentary elite’s contempt for normal standards of decency and probity. At least this might get him a headline, albeit of a negative flavour, in contrast to his lacklustre meet-the-people performance in Harlow. Miliband had the opportunity to nail the coalition as the servants of the City and the well-heeled by sounding a battle cry to the seven in 10 voters who saw nothing to merit visiting a polling booth last Thursday.
Having acknowledged that much of the electorate neither trusts politicians nor believes that they have relevance to problems faced by normal people, he missed a political open goal. When 71 per cent of voters back renationalisation of water and a similar percentage wants the railways back in public ownership, why does Miliband persist with abstractions about relying on regulation of private monopolies to deliver “fairness?”
Why does he equate guaranteeing over-75 pensioners the best possible electricity tariff with standing up to the energy companies when he knows that they are ripping us all off and should be back in the public sector? And why did he fail once more to pledge a massive council housebuilding programme to tackle the spectre of homelessness haunting Britain? Labour did well in the council elections because it wasn’t in government, but, unless it puts forward a real alternative to bankers’ rule, it will fail to enthuse the numbers necessary to replace the coalition.
Right-wing Tories piled the pressure on David Cameron on Monday to create a greater gulf with their Liberal Democrat coalition partners after being trounced in local elections. Tory MPs and peers heavily criticised the Prime Minister, calling for the party to adopt more traditional Conservative policies if it wanted to succeed in the next general election. And influential Tory website ConservativeHome plans to publish sections an “alternative Queen’s speech” before Wednesday’s Royal address to push for a more right-wing agenda which demonstrates the party’s core values without Lib Dem interference.
It attempts to show what the Queen’s speech could have looked like if a majority Conservative government had been elected in May 2010. MPs David Davies and John Redwood contributed to some of the 15 alternative component Bills, which are being published one-by-one on the website.
The website stated that it would “no doubt be presented as a lurch to the right,” meaning “extreme, or mean-spirited or narrow.” And went on to claim: “Majority Conservatism is popular. Big majorities of the British people want tougher control of immigration, a referendum on Europe, lower taxes on fuel and income, more conditionality in welfare and less community punishment of repeat and serious offenders.” The alternatives also include promoting more competition in education, water supply, banking and energy. Former Cabinet minister Mr Redwood said: “When we get nearer to the general election there will need to be a very strong Conservative offering which will be very different from the Liberal Democrat one.
“In the meantime we need to do what we can to get this economy growing more quickly because the austerity so far has been visited on the private sector.” The latest outbursts follow Tory MP Nadine Dorries’s criticism of Mr Cameron for prioritising gay marriage rights and warned he could be ousted by Christmas.
Other outspoken Conservatives include Lord Ryder who said the PM needed to “take a grip” and Brian Binley MP who urged Mr Cameron to “wake up and smell the coffee.” In a further indication of coalition tension Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes accused Tory MPs on Monday of acting as if they were “born to rule.” He reminded Conservatives that they failed to secure an overall majority in the general election and demanded a commitment to push for lords’ reform, which many Conservatives want dropped from Wednesday’s Queen’s Speech.