I was listening to song which it in a nutshell hit the nail on the head it worth while listening to:
Labour need to get its message across and don’t take both its members and supporters for granted.
Kind reminder that it was a Labour Government that introduced the Tax Credit and it’s the Tories that is recking it and r they are claiming that Conservatives are the working party what an insult.
Lots of respect to the Leader of Labour Party (Jeremy Corbyn) for raising the Credit Tax in Prime Minister Question Time (PMQs) there is no doubt there seem to be on a buzz taking place(Jeremy Paxman Style of questioning) and David Cameron is yet to come up with the replies to the questions. There is no doubt that the leader of Labour Party has a 60 per cent mandate from Labour’s membership and its group of wider supporters. It’s hardly a secret he and the Parliamentary Labour Party aren’t quite marching to the same tune. That’s as much a problem for the leader as it is for his followers. Both sides need to do a bit of “retuning.” There are a few things we need to do.
This may come as a surprise to some quarters of the Labour whilst I and many others acknowledge that Gordon Brown is not the leader of the Labour Party he has put the challenge to his former counterpart George Osborne. It is worth to take note that Gordon Brown, one of the leading architects of tax credits in the UK, has warned that even a phased in or watered-down version of his proposed tax credit cuts will condemn Britain to higher levels of child poverty than at any time since the 1970s.
His challenge to the chancellor in a speech to the Child Poverty Action Group came as Stephen McPartland, the Conservative MP for Stevenage, revealed he was so angry at the cuts that he boycotted a visit by the Treasury minister David Gauke to his constituency.
He said Gauke was only willing to talk about research and development credits for industry, and not prepared to discuss cuts to family tax credits.
McPartland published figures from the Commons library showing that a family on £20,000 a year currently receives 87% of their maximum child tax credit award. This will be cut to 51% from April when the planned changes take effect, leading to an overall loss of £2,000. He said the cuts were unacceptable. “I know there was a lot of sympathy with my view right across the Conservative Party,” he said.
He said the government had turned its fire on the working poor and their children, breaking election promises and penalising the very people they said they were in business to help. He accused the Tories of forgetting that the majority of poor people are not in workless or “chaotic” families but in hard-working families struggling to give their children the best start in life.
He said: “By cutting work incentives and hitting children hardest they shame Britain, betraying our core values that encourage fair play, hard work, taking responsibility and compassion to children.”
Brown said the Conservatives were ignoring a similar debate in the US, where several rightwing Republican presidential candidates are vying with each other to support tax credits.
He said: “Tory analysis is so wrong a mistake on a par with the poll tax and worse than bedroom tax. The impact of cuts cannot be massaged or phased to soften the blow. Even a modified version will destroy jobs, stunt children’s development and impoverish hard-working families.”
The Conservative-controlled work and pensions select committee has condemned Osborne’s proposed reforms and urged him to consider a pause to undertake a fundamental rethink of his priorities in reforming the welfare state.
I have always believed that Labour is a broad church with different views and this makes Labour stronger here is another challenge to all Labour membership and supporters group. The nature and purpose of the Labour Party is to challenge vested interests and acknowledge that, at times, only collective action will do. It also gives you a chance to point out that government only has the money it can raise by taxes.
MPs need to have more of these fundamental conversations. They have done too much searching for the pithy slogan, with few insights and even fewer precise ideas of what to do.
Helping the poorest and getting more money into their pockets can be done in two ways: by increasing benefits or by looking at the cost of things which disproportionately affect less well-off people. If Labour were to say “we focus on the cost of housing, energy and food and combine this with working on skills and employability,” then the party would have a coherent narrative.
Only then will those emails from constituents and individual cases of hardship read out by the party’s leader at the despatch box form part of a coherent political narrative. Perhaps more importantly, I can concur that the Jeremy Corbyn’s team needs to talk to people who are instinctively not on their side. There is no denying that Jeremy Corbyn had a success in packing public halls to overflowing, but the audiences were already supporters of his cause. Ideas need to be tested in hostile, critical environments. If the party insulates itself from intellectual challenge, it will get nowhere.
I’m sure that I don’t have to remind comrades of the party that there is a byelections being called for the 3rd Dec in Oldham West and Royton which comes after the death of Michael Meacher MP and may he rest in peace (RIP) that Labour will have to regain and not be complacent which has happened in the past in other parts of the UK.
So I leave by saying that Labour needs to send a very clear message to it’s supporters why Labour is on the side of the working people and what policies will make a difference to the Tories, and UKIP so far.