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The Labour Party is kooky. It can be beaten

The current Labour leadership is the repository for every failed orthodoxy, every tried-and-failed idea over the past fifteen years

by Douglas Carswell MP on 14 March 2013 12:59

Get this. One of the guys who helped ruin our country's finances by spending money we did not have is back arguing we should borrow more. Gordon Brown's chief sidekick, Ed Balls, helped preside over the greatest credit boom and bust in history. He's now trying to convince us he can fix the economy.

Or what about this? One in every five pounds you pay in tax is spent on welfare. Far from alleviating hardship, it has created a byzantine system that punishes folk who do the right thing.

Yet the party that set up the welfare state in the first place is opposing every effort to make it do what William Beveridge wanted it to do.

Or this? Across Europe, the interests of millions of ordinary people are being sacrificed to save bankers from the folly of their own investment decisions – and to preserve the elite’s Euro project.

Yet the party of Keir Hardie, set up to champion the interests of working people, is siding with the unelected Commissioners and technocrats.

Labour produced leaders like Clem Attlee, Harold Wilson and Tony Blair – who, for better or worse, towered over the political landscape.

Today? Labour seems to be run by a gaggle of former special advisers who'd struggle to make up their minds what they want for lunch. They don't just talk in cliches – they think that way too.

The current Labour leadership is the repository for every failed orthodoxy, every tried-and-failed idea over the past fifteen years. The idea that Ed Miliband might be Prime Minister ought to be seen as a Kinnock-esque joke.

Labour can be beat – but you can't beat something with nothing.

On welfare and EU membership, we need to highlight that Labour is against change. On the economy, we need to make it clear that we want change. Starting in the budget with a new, coherent, free-market alternative to Balls economics.

This blog originally appeared on talkcarswell.com

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