Hopeless Labour vulnerable to both UKIP and Tories

The Labour party has morphed into a party of anger and of envy, with malicious policies designed to divide society instead of bringing it together. Because they offer working people nothing, they're vulnerable to both UKIP and the Tories

Ed Miliband: an out of touch nerd?
Steven George-Hilley
On 13 October 2014 05:07

The news in the Mail on Sunday that UKIP has reached 25 percent in the opinion polls, after getting its first MP into Parliament, will send shock waves through the Westminster elite.

But in truth, UKIP’s day of reckoning was notable not for the widely anticipated Carswell Clacton victory but for the party’s remarkable performance in the Labour seat of Heywood and Middleton. 

The purple avengers managed to tear apart a six thousand majority, leaving Labour’s candidate with an embarrassingly slim victory of 617 votes. Such a staggering achievement underlines the threat Nigel Farage’s army of defectors poses to the lacklustre Ed Miliband and his blurred and unconvincing vision for the British people.

In truth, ever since the Labour party sent the talented David Miliband packing, and elected his inferior brother Ed as their leader, they have been heading for certain defeat.

The party has morphed into a party of anger and of envy, with malicious policies designed to divide society instead of bringing it together. When working people were looking for a party to support their dreams and aspirations, Labour ignored their pleas. Under Ed Miliband, the party’s priorities have been directed towards winning votes from those who refuse to work.

The challenges engulfing the hapless Ed Miliband are much more fundamental than failing to deliver coherent policy. The professional media operation from the Blair years is now extinct, replaced with a team of advisers who clearly have never had a proper job or worked in the real world.

Labour cannot be expected to produce serious policies with such an inexperienced team at the core of the party, a serious issue which will leave them vulnerable to attack from a watertight Tory warship, with Lynton Crosby at the helm.

To date, Labour’s biggest strategic error has been to ignore the needs of working people, instead favouring a focus on making life better for benefits claimants and the workshy. Nobody can deny that the party has some keen academics in its inner circle, but that is unfortunately part of the reason why they have lost touch with working people.

None of them have the faintest idea what it’s like to earn a low salary and raise a family on a limited income. How could they? These men and women may well be very academically intelligent and excellent at policy development, but they have proved beyond doubt that they know nothing about the fears and concerns of working class people. 

It is this arrogance that has allowed the party to find itself on the wrong side of the immigration debate. For many years now, Labour’s argument if anyone questioned high levels of immigrants coming into Britain was to brand them "racist". It’s a great word to use if you’d like to close down a debate, and Labour have used it against the Conservatives to score political points, with little care for how they are devaluing the word.

For many working people, who have legitimate concerns about our country’s immigration laws and the impact on public services such as the NHS, Labour isn’t listening to them. Moreover, under Ed Miliband, unlimited immigration is apparently a good thing, and anyone who disagrees is a racist.

With such an insulting, immature and out of touch approach to a serious debate, it is easy to see why working class voters are looking to other parties. 

As well as alienating working people, Labour’s culture of political correctness has had other, far more serious consequences. It was of course under the leadership of a Labour Council in Rotherham that large groups of Asian men were able to gang rape and sexually assault children for many years, some as young as 12, without fear of the consequences.

When investigated by child protection expert Professor Alexis Jay, the Police, social workers and Council officials said they felt powerless to intervene for fear of being branded racist. Through cynical politics, Labour had created a climate where paedophiles were free to abuse children, and accuse anyone who tried to stop them of racial discrimination.

With David Cameron and the Conservatives pledging to raise the tax-free allowance from £10,500 to £12,500 by 2020, Labour have already found themselves outwitted in the battle for hardworking people.

This policy, delivered alongside a pledge to reduce welfare spending, sends a clear message that the Conservative Party is on the side of hardworking people and not those who refuse to work. Labour’s obsession with standing up for the welfare generation has left the party out of touch with the hard working public who play by the rules.

Without this core, election winning base of support, Ed Miliband will never become Prime Minister and Labour will never win the election. Abandoning hardworking people is an electoral sin too grievous to forgive, and voters will deliver that message loud and clear come polling day next year.

Steven George-Hilley is a director at the Parliament Street think tank and a Conservative Party activist. He is a Contributing Editor to The Commentator and tweets @StevenGeorgia

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