A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Labourlist column

My Labourlist column this week is about ... well, everything that's going on: http://labourlist.org/2012/01/three-different-labour-parties/


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Link doesnt work

12:21 pm, January 18, 2012

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Fixed now

2:35 pm, January 18, 2012

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think Len McCluskey has called for 'no cuts'. But what is a reasonable critique of the current situation is that Balls and Miliband could have said that they will only be able to decide what can be done nearer the time.

To accept all cuts now can only encourage the government to cut deeper and to encourage the belief that no alternative is possible. Hardly a very sensible strategy at all! And hardly one that will help Labour to win the next election either.

3 ideas for cuts:

1. Abandon plans to cut Corporation Tax.

2. No Trident replacement

3. End the war in Afghanistan.

4:45 pm, January 18, 2012

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"former member of the Stalinist CPB Bob Crow"

Not so sure about that. He was a member of Scargill's Little Party.

11:03 pm, January 18, 2012

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Wikipedia says he was in the CPB from 1983 to 1995 when he joined Scargill's SLP.

9:37 am, January 19, 2012

Blogger Duncan Hall said...

The CPB was formed in 1988

11:30 am, January 19, 2012

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Apologies Duncan. Correct version is Murray was in CPGB until it was wound up in 1991, then he was a leader of the Communist Liaison group, which itself dissolved in 1995, when he joined the CPB.

2:12 pm, January 19, 2012

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lukes's claim:

Len and his “no cuts” sloganising

The reality:

"Of course, for Labour to say it cannot make spending commitments now, and will only make a judgment as to what cuts are reversed in which order nearer the general election, is absolutely reasonable. But this is going much further"

5:11 pm, January 19, 2012

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 5:11 PM....

And what is "this" in the above statement, then?

What Ed/Ed have actually said, or the spin that certain people in the Media have put on it??

12:34 am, January 20, 2012

Blogger Duncan Hall said...

"this" is committing to the pay restraint after the next election. After watching every interview and reading every clarification (and the letter Luke published on here) I am still baffled as to why this announcement was made. Nobody asked for concrete commitments for 2015, but one has been made: not commitment to keep cutting people's pay. Nothing else. It seems very bizarre to me (to put it mildly).

11:55 am, January 20, 2012


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