Prime Minister Gordon Brown gave his big conference speech today in front of a hall packed full of useful idiots clapping like circus seals and Labour hopefulls, a hall that has been less than half full during the majority of conference. Hopeful that they can pull a cat out of a bag and make it look like a rabbit.
Brown did not disappoint them, but he certainly disappointed the rest of Britain. Introduced again this year by his wife Sarah, surely the only person in Britain that still believes in him, it was the speech of a tired, desperate man, looking to cling onto office, trying to please all by promising all, by rehashing many policy items from 1997 that had worked for Blair’s election but had long been abandoned by Labour, all uncosted, all unworkable.
It was a speech of smoke and mirrors, saying one thing whilst meaning something totally different.
He praised our Armed Services for their commitment and courage promising more money and assistance, whilst the reality is that he is starving them of the funds necessary to equip themselves to the job asked of them. Even now plans are underway within the MoD to withdraw the Army command structure from Scotland, leaving the door open for EU controlled defence structures to replace them.
From his supposed love of the NHS he promised to spend even more of your tax money on Primary Care Trusts, whilst Mandelson has hinted that Andy Burnham will implement NHS cuts to pay for the National Care Service and free personal care.
He announced that ID cards would not be compulsory in the next parliament, whilst Blunkett was on the BBC News confirming that biometric Passports would be. That Blunkett has a vested interest in this was overlooked, but we must all remember that it is the databases behind it all that are the danger, not the plastic that you carry.
Taking policy ideas from others has always been his forte, but his promise to include a referendum on voting reform underlines his detachment from reality in the persuit of communitarian social engineering. The only referendum the British public have wanted is the one that Brown denied them on the Lisbon Treaty, one which is still denied them.
Mr Brown said constituents should have the right to sack their MP if they have been proved to be “financially corrupt”, again, already policy with the Conservatives and Libertarian Party, taken by Brown simply to be populist and covering all the bases.
But his most off the wall idea yet, like his British Jobs for British Workers announcement, this one stolen directly from the BNP’s ‘mother & baby homes’ policy, that of State run hostels for single mothers, already dubbed Gulags for Slags, will have families and parents across the land in uproar, clearly shows his authoritarian streak, again demonstrated with his announcement that “every one” of the country’s 50,000 most disruptive households will be forced to attend a family intervention project.
In every statement, in every utterance comes the view that the State knows best, that the state should control, educate, heal and if necessary re-educate to put us on the path that the State dictates, that communities will be shaped by the State, that the personal desires of the voters are of little relevance. This is Brown’s commitment to Authoritarian Communitarianism in all its glory.
But it is his closing words to conference that sum up his dire position. He said: “Labour must Stand, Fight, Win & Serve”. It is reminiscent of the Liberal Party call, ‘Go back to your constituencies and prepare for Opposition’.
Well we have seen 12 years of this new Labour, and those 12 years have taught us only too well that Labour are only capable when they bullied, coersed, rigged and ruled. – Labour’s credibility is finally finished.
We only hope that the public can see through this charade, that they can finally put ‘progressive’ politics aside and vote to make their own changes, not the false hopes of this bunch of failed Labour politicians, the same false hopes that the LibDem and Conservatives are offering.
There are better ways to Govern Britain.