Editorials from Labour Affairs

Covering the previous year. Older editorials are part of Past Issues.

Funding the NHS.  The Tories were against the National Health Service when it was set up in 1948.  They have repeatedly denied it the funds it needed.  But now they find the ‘Magic Money Tree’ that they had said did not exist.

The Resignation of Ken Livingstone.  June 2018.
None of Livingstone’s Labour critics can match his record as a politician. Over more than 35 years he was largely successful in changing the political climate within Labour and improving the lives of millions of Londoners.

Labour And Antisemitism.  May 2018.
Antisemitism is being used by the right wing within the Parliamentary Labour Party to undermine Corbyn, while the Tories shelter behind the antisemitism allegations in order to cover up their Brexit divisions and their abysmal social policies which are having such a devastating effect on hundreds of thousands of families. In their eagerness to attack Corbyn at every opportunity, the Labour oppositionists and the Tories make ideal bedfellows.

What Should Labour’s Foreign Policy Be? – 2nd Editorial

Rush To Judgement.  April 2018.
Theresa May pointed the finger of guilt directly at Russia. Before all the evidence had been gathered and examined by scientists at Porton Down, (the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory), and the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical weapons, May stated it was “highly likely” that Russia was responsible.
May’s rush to judgement overturned the basic principle of British law, that one is innocent until proven guilty.

Labour’s Poisoned Chalice.  March 2018.
The so-called Brexit war committee met at Chequers on 22 February. Government policy on Brexit is now broadly described as “ambitious managed divergence”. What this means no one quite knows. What everyone knows is that the Brexit war committee is at war with itself. The hope is that the UK will pick the EU rules it likes and reject those it doesn’t. This is unilateral cherry picking. A deal that solely benefits the UK will, ipso facto, disbenefit the other EU 27 countries. It’s pure illusion, according to European council president Donald Tusk. It simply won’t happen.
As of March 22nd, it is clear it has not happened.

What A Carry On, Carillion.  February 2018.
Carillion, the second largest construction company in the UK, went into liquidation on 15 January, with debts of £900m and a pensions black hole of around £580m.
Carillion’s problem arose in the construction side of the business.  They solved it by not paying what they owed, something the rich can get away with, despite repeated Tory promises to fix this.

Faint-Hearted Phil.  December 2017
In the short term, Chancellor Philip Hammond’s latest budget is designed to keep himself and the Prime Minister in their jobs, while placating their unruly backbenchers. In the medium term it has its eye on winning the next general election.  Instead of the badly needed radical change of the sort offered by Labour, Hammond simply applied sticking plaster to the deep wounds caused by austerity and Brexit.

Corbyn On a Roll.  November 2017
Fear of a Corbyn Labour government was ubiquitous at the Tories conference. With Philip Hammond and other senior Tories warning that Corbyn would take the country back to the 1970s, a favourite theme of the Tory supporting Daily Mail. The 1980s Thatcher government did more damage to the economy and to working class communities than Labour, burdened with cripplingly high oil prices, did in the 1970s.

Brexit Divisions.  October 2017
The vote to leave the European Union has thrown a spanner in the works of the British political machine. Labour and the Tories are divided over Brexit. Only the Liberal Democrats are united. But their support for Britain remaining in the EU and calls for a second referendum on the final deal go against public opinion. Opinion polls show that voters, both leave and remain, simply want the whole exercise to be completed as quickly as possible.

Brexit Blues.  September 2017
Theresa May’s gamble on a landside majority in June’s general election was a Titanic disaster. She failed to get the mandate she wanted to strengthen her hand in the Brexit negotiations. She even lost the pre-election majority she had. Consequently, May and her Brexit ministers, shocked by the election result, are floundering like fish out of water. It is fourteen months since the June 2016 referendum resulted in an unexpected vote to leave the EU. Yet no progress has been made with the EU’s three pre-trade negotiations demands.

They’re All Corbynites Now!  July / August 2017.
The election was a personal triumph for Corbyn. Labour MPs who had poured scorn on him as leader and undermined him at every opportunity, have undergone a Pauline conversion. Many of their seats which were forecast to fall to the Tories, were retained with increased majorities. The majority of elderly voters continued to support the Tories. But this was more than compensated for with a huge surge in support for Labour from relatively young voters.

Older editorials and other articles on the [Past Issues] page.  Also as PDFs .

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