The predictable onslaught is underway. The enemies of Labour and of progress are salivating and cavorting like a forum mob, big foul mouthed hairy characters in kilts reeking of whiskey can be found in gutters everywhere and the men are every bit as bad.
The road to freedom and independence it would seem does not run through Govan, Hamilton or Perth but it does apparently run through the East End of Glasgow, who would have thunk it. The old East End, world famous as a shrine to one of the world’s great football institutions, ’Shettleston Juniors’ now the road to Damascus for nationalist pilgrims but, there’s always a but isn’t there.
Have we been here before? unfortunately for the Nats. yes we have, I don’t want to rain on their parade but, By Election swings of this size do not reappear at general elections and if history is to be our guide it will return to Labour in due course, this depends on certain things and probably the best way to achieve this is for Gordon and the party big hitters to start reading my blog. You see, I am the man on the ‘Clapham Omnibus’ I am the man that they have to convince that they really are who they say they are, and I want to know if you really are the Labour Party, founded by Keir Hardy, served by Nye Bevan, Tony Benn, Michael Foot and generations of my bloody family.
Do you stand for fairness? show it, put out a hand to the poor, equality? do something about the obscene wealth, which sits alongside obscene poverty, education? open up opportunities starting with the institutions which sustain the rich and guarantee them success, housing? start building affordable homes ASAP, crime? get out of the ‘act tough’ rat race, embrace proper prison reform, war? no more! stop listening to the bellicose Americans and scrap the obscenity that is Trident. I could go on but you get my drift.
Above all tell the world that we are a Socialist Govt. and act like one, stop trying to win over the press, that is never going to work it’s their press not ours, tell the world what we stand for and what we believe in and go for it. The Labour Govt. has a lot to be proud of over the last eleven years and the ruling class barbarians are now at the gates, the Eton educated upper class braying donkeys in the Tory Party are sharpening the knives, aided and abetted by the ‘system’ which says we are “in Govt. but never in power”
Now is the time to defy them and show them that we still have the courage and the stomach for the fight, we owe it to the people who built this country and the Labour Movement who gave us the progress that we enjoy, the Labour Movement is a slumbering giant waiting to be rejuvenated, our core values are worth fighting for we can ‘rise like lions from our slumbers’
The threatening kid on the street corner might have discovered a cure for cancer or become an inspirational teacher if he/she had not dropped out of education because of his/her background. That is a criminal waste of potential, how many have there been? How many more?
Let’s do it, as another Labour member said recently let’s “bring it on” it is time comrades, for the fight back, remember “we are many and they are few” and we are Labour.