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A LETTER TO THE LABOUR PARTY May 22, 2015

Posted by feedthemoon in Uncategorized.
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It has become noticeable in recent years that there is an increasing disconnect between the Labour Party and the very people it should be representing.
Tony Blair’s so-called Third Way may have won over many disaffected Tory voters in the 1990’s, but ‘New’ Labour also lost much of their core-support along the way, including me. I believe during this period Labour in effect sold its soul, by embracing a social-democratic brand of neo-liberalism. This was the point when I became lost to the Labour Party.
I have not forgotten how New Labour during its tenure introduced authoritarian civil-liberty curbing legislation at break-neck speed. Blair’s so-called humanitarian-interventionism bought chaos to the Middle East and resentment at home. Back in 2003, despite being a life-long Labour supporter I found myself marching against them in London, my city of birth. I know there were many tens, maybe hundreds of thousands like me who became lost to Labour that day.
So what now? – What direction should Labour take?
Well, we’ve recently had the likes of John Reid coming forward to declare Labour must take a necessary shift to the centre (which is of course, is code for a return to the right). To be honest, an ex-home secretary who walked into a lucrative job with Group 4 Security, having given them the contracts when in office – well, I’m afraid I have no time for him or his opinions.
Labour don’t need a lurch back to the right, they need to return to the left. Here’s why:
I remember reading Tony Benn describing English Socialism as a very particular beast: a philosophy centred on decency and fairness, a tradition borne out of Methodism and Trade Unionism: placing great emphasis on self-betterment, compassion and co-operation. This is something people can relate to, and I think this should be the essence of who Labour is and what it stands for.
In the recent campaign I was baffled by Miliband’s hesitancy to trumpet Labour’s glorious past achievements: Where was the celebration of the great transforming Atlee government; the pride in Nye Bevan’s NHS? –The Glorious Spirit of ’45! (?)
I mean, does anyone seriously believe that the NHS would even exist if it weren’t for that reforming Labour Party?
Having ditched the Labour Party under Blair, and having recently voted (without noticeable enthusiasm) for Labour under Miliband, I now truly want to return to a party I believe in. One dedicated to true social justice; one prepared to combat erroneous legislation such as TPP (which would in effect give corporations the human rights we are now abandoning); A Labour Party that listens to the people; that works with progressive parties like The Greens and SNP (Miliband’s arrogant dismissal of Sturgeon’s offer was frankly shocking to me). I would like to help, but most of all I would like to believe.
I am a writer of plays, and a teacher of writing. I have worked in a community setting for nearly 30 years now. I’m idealistic, I’m a dreamer: Politically speaking what I want is something to dream about, something to march behind. What we need is a collective dream that we can all buy into. Let’s all march behind a flag we believe in, not one that placates right-wing corporate interests.
I want to do more for a progressive Labour Party dedicated to social justice. I want to make the world a better, fairer, more compassionate place.
I’m telling you this because trust me; I’m precisely the kind of person you want on board, fighting on your behalf.

Thanks for listening, I feel better now (!)

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1. stevetopple - May 22, 2015

Reblogged this on Mutterings from The Left and commented:
A concise, heart-felt and pertinent reflection of how I imagine the majority of left-leaning Labour supporters currently feel – abandoned, but crying out for a glimmer of hope.

2. James Soapy Watson - May 22, 2015

I am pondering….and will get back to you here soon/later. In the meantime have you any opinions on Left Unity ;-j

feedthemoon - May 22, 2015

Thanks James. As for left unity – I think it would make a pleasant change..;-)

3. A6er - May 22, 2015

Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

4. MENTALLY ME (@stuckinscared) - June 9, 2015

This is a great piece…. I couldn’t find a Twitter share button on the blog, so have shared the ‘back up’ way lol Good old copy/paste. …. You really need share icons…. your blog is worth sharing 🙂

Great thoughts.

5. Mark Catlin - June 9, 2015

Reblogged this on markcatlin3695's Blog.

feedthemoon - August 15, 2015

Thank you my friend. -Things are looking up with the Corbyn revolution, huh? — Expect establishment frothing at the mouth when the establishment feels the true force of the threat. –Should be fun!

6. nathaliehickson - June 12, 2015

Yes, definitely a move to the left is required to represent people, protect the vulnerable, disabled, mental health, older people, women & children, refugees. As we see Labour has not been anti austerity. Also the human rights act at risk from the Tories that brought it in. This & my experience with current services has made me become more interested in human rights & how can use. Also cutting legal aid, benefits that assist the poor which includes me. Let us not forget the child & teen sexual abuse scandals that are rocking the Uk against the establishment & the whole cover up. Loads on twitter. I have blogged & reblogged about some of this.
Yes, there needs to be more compassion & empathy, which is lacking.
Here’s to joining for the big fight ahead to save our HRA, welfare state.
@againstmisogny & child abuse.
@RIGHTS&JUSTICE

7. nathaliehickson - June 12, 2015

Reblogged this on Nathaliehickson's Blog and commented:
Have posted a long comment below. Get on twitter link up with people passionate about justice, compassion, fighting for equality, disability, welfare which is all under big threat & fear under tories. Sticking to Red & Green areas & views. In more way than one if I can.

8. Ellis - August 14, 2015

Although this voting caper is a ruse, a cruel one at that, of course it shouldn’t be. It only succeeds because people allow it. That said, the sentiments that Jeremy Corbyn expresses here are dear to my heart and I truly hope that he is genuine. He appears to be.
Nye Bevan, where are you? Perhaps in the form of Michael Sheen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLMYgb7xs38

feedthemoon - August 15, 2015

Thanks Ellis, I am a big fan of your writings – your soul shines through! — I haven’t updated my blog for a while, but that’s all about to change. btw – love that speech by Michael Sheen – the true Welsh passion that Nye Bevan encapsulated. And yes, I am heartened by Corbyn, though I fear the right-wing media will now set about crucifying him.

9. Ellis - August 15, 2015

Bless you mate, thank you.
Ah yes, you can bet your grannies’ knitting on that one. Perhaps Nye will come through in him though…if that happens he’ll smoke ’em to cinders. Looking forward to reading your new posts.


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