The last thing people want is a pre-election deal with Nick Clegg

January 10, 2014 11:46 am

The playful exchange of tweets this week between Nick Clegg and Ed Balls may have shown a thawing of personal relations between the two, but we must be under no illusion that this represented any kind of moves towards a new coalition after the next election. That would be both unnecessary and damaging for the Labour Party and, crucially, for politics itself, which is struggling to respond to the wave of public anger and mistrust.

Here in Redcar there is a sense of hurt and bewilderment with politics that it’s easy to understand. Feeling angry and let-down by Labour in 2010, when the steelworks closed temporarily, people locally turned to the Lib Dems in hurt and frustration. The Lib Dems offered glib promises and soothing reassurances, disseminated through a truck-load of leaflets. A long-standing Labour seat fell with the biggest swing in the country.

And how did the Lib Dems return the trust of local people who had turned to them in anger and disillusionment? By turning their back on them and wholeheartedly signing up to a Tory austerity programme that has devastated the area.

By bringing in the bedroom tax, hitting nearly 2000 people in the constituency. By voting to privatise Royal Mail, contributing to the loss of the delivery office in South Bank and the potential loss of the crown office in Redcar. By whole-heartedly supporting George Osborne’s economic vandalism, leading to cuts of over £51million to our local authority services here, hundreds of job losses and soaring long-term unemployment, particularly for young people and for women. By slashing support for the disabled, by allowing bills to soar and by creating a devastating reliance on foodbanks – with over two-thousand people here seeking help to eat last year. This is not what the people of Redcar voted for.

So it is no wonder that people throw their hands up in despair. They thought they were voting for positive change – they got a Tory. They feel more let down and disaffected than ever. Many are coming back to us. ‘I’m so sorry – I really regret it now’, ‘I was angry – we all were’, ‘never again’. These are some of the things people say to me who voted for the Lib Dems in 2010 here.

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But that is not enough. We cannot just be a receptacle for people’s anger and sense of betrayal by the Lib Dems. We must offer a positive difference. We have to show people that we will be a government that works for them and puts them first – that what they are going through doesn’t have to be like this, and, while we didn’t get everything right, Labour is the only party that will genuinely stand up for working people.

Otherwise, if political values are to be like the colour of Cardiff City’s football shirt – changeable on the whim of those at the top – how do we try and convince people that the club, or the party, cares about them and values their support?

People I speak to want Labour to be bold. They want to know that we stand for something and that there is a real and significant difference between the parties. I believe there is, and I spend a lot of time on the doorstep talking people through those differences.

Labour are in the lead and should look to grow stronger. Not reach out to a small and dwindling group who say one thing and do another, and who have damaged the integrity of politics. Not apologise for our lead, looking as though we lack confidence and belief in ourselves.

We should have the confidence to put our vision forward to the public with a true sense of our values and a bold manifesto, and have faith in the British public to make a judgement. Tactical politicking and the hedging of bets disrespects the public’s ability to make a judgement, turns people off politics further and undermines the real value of the party system.

Whatever the thawing of personal relations in Westminster, I will be fighting tooth and nail on the streets of Redcar to give people the respect and the difference they deserve. And believe me, the last thing they want from Labour is a pre-election deal over power sharing with Nick Clegg.

Anna Turley is the Labour and Co-op PPC for Redcar

  • Holly

    This is exactly why the public are sick of the lot of them.
    For years they are at each other’s throats, yet when the clock starts ticking towards an election, the lust for power, at ANY cost’ is just too much for the snivelling bar stewards.

    They each accuse each other of ‘back room’ deals, and sharing pizzas, while planning to stab their work colleagues in the back, and here we have (probably) the two most mistrusted bods in politics today, trying to convince us they are sound blokes willing to work together.
    Going by the language, and behaviour of the the pair of them, while in government…
    It ain’t going to work.

    • BillFrancisOConnor

      I’m not sure about the public getting sick of the lot of them but I’m getting rather sick of your idiocies on here.

      • Doug Smith

        You should be ashamed of yourself.

        • BillFrancisOConnor

          Sanctimony from one of the most abusive people on here- What a joke!

          • Doug Smith

            “most abusive”?!

            This surprises me. I always attempt to argue my point coherently. And I’ve got no gripe with those who disagree with me and counter my argument.

            Of course, if I’m making a fool of myself I’ll probably be exposed as such.

            Your posts are often personal attacks focusing on the writer and leaving the content of their post unaddressed. This adds nothing to the discussion and probably deters many of those who visit this site from posting.

          • jaime taurosangastre candelas

            You do come across sometimes (or even all of the time) as someone dictatorial, hectoring and to me at least, relentlessly critical of anyone not slavishly following the Labour line. About the equivalent of an unintelligent and self-appointed school prefect who owes his position merely to loyalty to the “status quo” and not for any personal quality.

            Here is a thought. Why not try to contribute to this site merely as an individual, and not as a policeman?

            Otherwise, we can all have fun with the intellect you display.

          • BillFrancisOConnor

            So a dog is more intelligent than me is it? What an unpleasant thing to say? I keep forgetting though that you have considerable form in the abuse stakes.

          • jaime taurosangastre candelas

            If I had to choose in between Peddar my collie dog, Pavlos the Greek octopus of the 2010 World Cup predicting fame, and William Francis O’Connor for any form of prediction, I am afraid the order of selection would be dog, then octopus, then failed and unelected / rejected Councillor. Sorry, results matter. And you confirm my own instinct on probabilities when you relentlessly tell everyone else in every thread that you cannot predict the future. I think you are right. You cannot. But most other people can have a reasonable guess.

          • BillFrancisOConnor

            It’s OK Jaime I’m used to your abuse and insults- just pleased I didn’t get the F word. which you’ve dished out to others.

            By the way just to present a minor challenge to your powerful and incisive intellect – in this context it should be ‘between’ and not ‘in between’ in the 1st sentence (That’s covered in Year 5 of Primary School).

          • TomFairfax

            woof, woof, grrr

          • Graemeyh

            All this personal abuse is pretty unedifying and does none of you any credit.

          • TomFairfax

            Pot, kettle and black spring to mind.
            Is there a particular reason you seem to want to appear to be ‘labour’ version of the Harry Enfield Tory boy characterture?

            Impassioned, clear argument is fine, but clearly you resort too easily to name calling and insult which undermines your own case. Are you a Tory in disguise?

          • BillFrancisOConnor

            Thank you for your kind and generous remarks.Would love to have a clear impassioned argument with you but just going round to Jaime’s for afternoon walkies.

          • TomFairfax

            Ah, yes. The gentleman you are informing can not write in his native tongue correctly. Risky unless you also a native speaker.

            There can be a fine line between assertiveness and aggressiveness.

            Frankly, I want people to vote Labour because they want to, not because they are going to berated as idiots if they do not. If the party at large resorts to such a tactic I’d be both surprised and reluctant to help out. The Tories are held to be the nasty party, that needs to be one of the clear defining differences between us and them.

          • BillFrancisOConnor

            I think you have misunderstood this Tom. Apart from calling me a fool, etc, etc, the man put deliberate mistakes in his Spanish and invited me to identify them.
            I also want people to vote Labour because they want to.

      • Monkey_Bach

        Pot meet kettle, kettle meet pot. Eeek.

        • BillFrancisOConnor

          Funny that I was thinking the same thing about you- now you’ve found some braying supporters who are firmly ensconsed on the right.

          • Monkey_Bach

            Candidly, I’m happy to receive support from whatever quarter considering how unpopular my left-wing views and social conscience seems to be amongst card carrying Labour Party members these days, even though I’ve always been firmly left of centre politically and have never voted Conservative in my life. Although, thinking about it, I did opt to vote Liberal Democrat during the last general election because, at the time, that particular party seemed to be, potentially, far more humane, enlightened, and much further to the left politically than the Labour Party as enunciated in said party’s last manifesto “A Future Fair for All” authored by a certain gentleman by the name of Ed Miliband.

            Funny old world isn’t it?

            Eeek.

          • BillFrancisOConnor

            Ha ha ha- you fell for all that old Cleggmania s**t?

          • Monkey_Bach

            Actually, no.

            It was more a case of falling out of sorts with the reactionary, poisonous, destructive, right-wing bullsh*t being promulgated by the Labour Party as led by stilted and egotistical Gordon Brown, whose much vaunted “moral compass” sadly seemed to lack a needle and so turned out to be useless as far as the direction of policy was concerned.

            So if you can’t vote Labour, want to do harm to the Tories, and live in a constituency where the Liberal Democrat candidate was the greatest threat to the election of another Conservative MP to the House of Commons, what is the most rational and logical decision to make? At that time nobody had heard of the Bedroom Tax or knew how easily the Liberal Democrats would roll over when in coalition with another party. (Although the Lib Dems did quash boundary changes that the Conservatives wanted to rush through which would have increased significantly Tory chances of winning a majority.)

            I shall be voting Labour again at the next election because the alternative – five years of Conservative majoritarian or ConDem government – not because I consider that the Labour Party is better than it was during its New Labour days or has better people at the summit of its hierarchy. I think that many of the people at the top of Labour are still morally ambiguous, vain, self-centred (and in far too many cases barely competent) careerists who would do anything whatsoever to win promotion and advancement; far more interested in serving their own interests, as judged by their own terms, than serving the country and the needs of its citizens.

            That said Labour IS head and shoulders above the Tories.

            Just because I shall be voting Labour at the next general election doesn’t mean I’ve fallen for Miliband’s “One Nation” sh*t but because a cull is marginally somewhat better than an extinction and a world without such cruelties as the Bedroom Tax is a much better world as far as I’m concerned.

            Eeek.

          • BillFrancisOConnor

            So if you can’t vote Labour, want to do harm to the Tories, and live in a constituency where the Liberal Democrat candidate was the greatest threat to the election of another Conservative MP to the House of Commons, what is the most rational and logical decision to make?

            Yeah well that worked out well didn’t it? The Lib Dems really harmed the Tories didn’t they – they put the f**kers in for another 5 years.

            Of course I don’t have your powers of esp and never will- but I did have enough perception at the time to realise that Clegg & Co were telling the British people a load of old pony.

          • Monkey_Bach

            As you quite rightly and repetitiously point out human beings cannot see into the future but they can calculate likely outcomes based on current and past events. I didn’t know before the last election that the current coalition government would act in the way that it has, or, indeed, that there would be a coalition government based on a private deal struck between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. What I did know however was that Labour had begun to cynically demonise benefit claimants, just as dishonestly, ruthlessly, and virulently as the Conservatives, and that poisonous little Yvette Cooper was vigourously implementing the Freud/Purnell package of “welfare reforms” with great relish, which every intelligent person knew would end up spawning horrors like Atos and convulse the lives of countless sick, disabled, and needy people throughout the United Kingdom.

            So I took a punt and voted Liberal Democrat.

            (How the heck could someone like me vote for a party so desperate to be seen as being “tough” on benefit claimants as to promise to strip benefits from young single parents unless they agreed to move away from their family, friends and support networks into supervised centres, dotted up and down the country much like open prisons, where the powers that be could control and keep an eye on them? Even Iain Duncan Smith wasn’t suggesting anything quite as cruel and cracked as that at the time.)

            So in 2015 I will vote Labour, not because I think the party has changed, or improved, or rediscovered its principles, or reclaimed its soul, but because as lousy as Labour has become Labour SEEMS to be marginally less lousy than any of the alternatives on offer and because the current regime has to go in order stem the misery and save lives that would otherwise be lost.

            I was massively disappointed by the actions of the leadership of the Liberal Democrats last time and expect to be equally disappointed by the actions of the Labour leadership in the future, but the Tories absolutely have to be ousted from power and electing a Labour government is currently the only way to achieve this.

            That’s what British politics has become for so many of the betrayed and disillusioned: voting for whichever pile of manure looks likely to stink, foul, and pollute the least.

            Eeek.

          • Doug Smith

            This is a problem for the Left.

            Recall how during the Livingstone mayoral election Labour’s Right went high-profile with an abstention campaign.

            The didn’t like Livingstone so they weren’t going to vote for him. Fair enough.

            But Labour’s Left don’t like Labour’s Tory policies but insist on voting Labour.

            It seems to me that there’s no fight left in the Left.

          • Derek Robinson

            The problem being the fact of the electorate not voting for the left has to be taken into account.
            It’s a democracy, when the cards go against you all you can do is play the best hand.

          • BillFrancisOConnor

            I didn’t know, before the last election, that the current coalition government would act in the way that it has, or, indeed, that there would be a coalition government at all.

            Neither did I. However, I did know from bitter experience that you couldn’t trust the Fib Dems as far as you could throw the collective weight of the entire party. They were, and are, a bunch of opportunistic charlatans of the worst kind.

          • Derek Robinson

            Basically … You were had ! and the poor, sick and disabled have paid an awful price for it …
            Still, welcome back to the fold.
            I hope there are many more.

          • Doug Smith

            Sarah Teather was on Radio 4’s Any Questions tonight. Explaining her resignation from Parliamentary politics she said her priority was now social justice.

            Says a lot about the elite’s priorities.

            I usually find the words of Canon Giles Fraser produce far greater enthusiasm than the sordid opportunist mumblings that tumble from the mouth of the LibLabCon.

          • BillFrancisOConnor

            Her resignation from Parliamentary politics was caused by a realisation that she was going to lose her seat and she didn’t have the guts to face the electorate of Brent again. It had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with a concern for social justice. The woman voted against Gay Marriage and against amendments to the Bedroom Tax ffs.( Very socially just those moves).

          • Doug Smith

            The point is that her explanation is perfectly reasonable.

            Why on earth would anyone support the self-serving LibLabCon if they were at all concerned for social justice?

      • Holly

        So you are content that they fake their dislike/hate of each other in public, to please their respective supporters, yet when it comes to the time when the electorate can have their say, they all have their usual love-ins…..just in case?
        Terrified that their respective supporters might not necessarily support them as much as they hope, they implement….Plan B.

        • BillFrancisOConnor

          What the hell are you on about?

          • Holly

            Ever heard of the expression Two faced Bast@rds?
            Personally, I NEVER trust ‘em.
            Did you follow that Mr Bill???

          • Derek Robinson

            You need to worry about two faced Cleggy and his party of cowards. His love in with Cameron has enabled the biggest political liar ever known to attack the poor and disabled whilst dismantling anything or worth and selling it to his mates.
            Now that’s what I call duplicity !

      • Steve Stubbs

        Holly is entitled to her rants anytime she feels like having one. It is called freedom of speech. I appreciate it is a difficult concept for you to grasp, but please try.

        • BillFrancisOConnor

          And, of course, I’m entitled to say I am sick of them.

          • Steve Stubbs

            Of course you are dear boy, a Labour List thread without a BillFrancisOConnor rant would be like tea without sugar. Keep up the good work!

  • MalcolmRedfellow

    The last thing people want is Clegg anywhere near the levers of power. After 2015 LibDems could well be the fourth or even fifth largest party. If the Ulstermen got their act together (heaven forfend!), even lower.

    • Holly

      We can but live in hope Mr R.
      Love the (heaven forfend)….I am now off to Google.

  • Richard Morris

    to be fair, i think the feelings mutual – Why the Lib Dems won’t be choosing their coalition partner anytime soon http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2014/01/why-lib-dems-wont-be-choosing-their-coalition-partner-anytime-soon

  • Doug Smith

    A pre-election deal won’t go down well with the electorate – it’ll look as if the elite have already allocated the ministerial limousines.

    However, a deal would assist greatly assist Miliband. The LibDems will be very much in favour of state sponsored political parties (it’ll take the big money out of politics, they’ll say) and this will help Miliband with his key ambition to dump Labour’s union link.

    The best solution for Miliband would be a furtive deal. There’s no need for anyone other than the elite to know anything about it – only a tight coterie around the Labour and LibDem leaderships need be in on the deal.

    Then they’ll be able to hit the ground running 2015. And Cable will be able to begin preparatory work in readiness for becoming the Chancellor in a Miliband government.

    • treborc1

      Yep and cows will fly Labour and the liberals may be in favour of the State Funding parties, bet not to many tax payers will, and I doubt the Tories will either.

      If Miliband does not speak to Clegg then in 2015 the Tories have sorted out a deal and they do need a coalition, Ball and Miliband will be busy phoning David up asking any jobs for two idiots in Tracy Island.

      This happen you make sure as best as possible you cover all out comes.

      Not to speak to Clegg and Farage would be dumb really dumb.

      • Doug Smith

        Well, of course, hardly anyone favours the privatisation of the NHS but that’s what the LibLabCon favour and that’s what we had under Labour and are getting under the LibCons.

        Once Miliband is elected he’ll be able to push state funding through particularly as there’s probably a majority within the PLP who support breaking with the unions.

        Miliband will also be able to use the demands of the LibDems as an excuse for not being a ‘proper’ Labour government. Coalition politics are the dream scenario for the LibLabCon.

        • JC

          Doug, given that for as long as I have been voting (before Thatcher) the spectre of NHS privatisation has reared it’s ugly head every election. If it were a real threat, it would have happened by now. It’s a pointless argument in that any change to the NHS can and will be be viewed as “privatisation”.

          Bear in mind that GPs have always been private, just funded by the NHS, not employed in it.

          • Doug Smith

            No, I’m not arguing that any change to the NHS is privatisation. Only privatisation is privatisation. And that’s what we’re getting.

            I suggest you get yourself along to to your regional Clinical Commissioning Group meeting, if they’ll let you in, to find out what’s happening.

            Within twenty years we’ll be having the same problems with our privatised health service as we have with privatised utilities.

            Now Bill is going to accuse me of being able to see into the future. But there’s nothing supernatural about my forecast. There is plenty of evidence indicating that privatised health services deliver worse outcomes for most people.

            Governments don’t privatise services to improve them, privatisation is motivated by unevidenced ideological intentions. Privatisation is always characterised by public money finding it’s way into corporate coffers.

          • BillFrancisOConnor

            It was you who said that you could see into the future not me. It was also you who told us what the electorate of 22 million think. What an amazing mind you have!!
            BTW I am completely opposed to any more privatisation of any sort but especially in respect of the NHS

          • Doug Smith

            “I am completely opposed to any more privatisation of any sort”

            Then don’t vote LibLabCon.

          • BillFrancisOConnor

            First, you can tell the future, then, you know what 22 million think, now you’re telling who I should vote for!!!
            Are you sure your name isn’t Doug Hitler?

          • jaime taurosangastre candelas

            It does not concern me at all if the Labour Party choose to make a political line of attack at a on “privatisation” of the NHS: you can make that argument by choosing some facts and ignoring others, equally the Tories make the opposite argument by doing the same. The truth is that within about 1% of budgetary value, it has not much changed in 30 years.

            And as JC notes above, a huge amount of money is passed from the NHS to private companies (GP Practices) each year on a single contract, and has been since 1947. The proportion does not really change each year.

            Here is a thing. My wife is a partner (among 7 partners) in a veterinary practice in East Anglia, with 4 surgeries. She runs the equine side, which is a mix of farm/leisure and racing, which as you would expect is big money.

            So what is the essential difference in between a 7 partner vet practice and a 7 partner GP practice? Only that the GPs only have to worry about a single contract with the NHS, and my wife constantly has to worry about losing her contract to provide vet services to a race course or farm by someone under-cutting her, maybe for better services or cheaper services.

          • rekrab

            “So what is the essential difference in between a 7 partner vet practice and a 7 partner GP practice?”

            14 hands, a few trots and tails?

            I think someone said that the little difference between ape and man DNA can give you Einstein or Chimp.

            Creating a bigger competition base would lead to poor practice and old style Victorian values of money is the first route to good health.

    • BillFrancisOConnor

      A pre-election deal won’t go down well with the electorate……

      You speak on behalf of the electorate do you?

      • Doug Smith

        So you think a pre-election stitch-up will be as popular with the electorate as hot chestnuts on winter day?

        • BillFrancisOConnor

          Only people like you know the future and know the minds of 22 million people – I defer to you greater powers of ESP.

          • Holly

            Most folks I know do not like, or trust two faced B…….ds!
            You, on the other hand seem to….
            Weird.

  • Bill Gilmour

    Politics is the art of the possible.

  • markmyword49

    Will Clegg still have a seat after the next election? I still think he might decide not to stand and accept a job within the EU.
    Labour should hold backroom talks but any public negotiations would be a vote loser for them. Miliband has begun to come up with new policies that differentiate the party from the others in the centre ground. They move Labour ever so slightly leftwards. However, they’ll need to come up with more radical policies if the want to stir ex Labour voters to return to the fold and those in their core constituency who’ve given up voting entirely because “they’re all the same when they get into government”.

    • http://couloumat.co.uk/ David Parker

      As a natural Labour voter who did not vote Labour last time this is absolutely bang on. It is not surprising that much time has to be spent on the doorstep pointing up the differences between the parties.

  • driver56

    If the mention of such a deal was even possible, I would leave labour like a shot.Labour needs to remember what it was created for and by whom. Then we can go forward and show there is an alternative to the misery of austerity.

    • TomFairfax

      I wouldn’t worry. My image is that no one is going to make a ‘pre’-election pact for the following reasons.
      1) The coalition would fall apart instantly the moment anyone heard of discussions, and it’s too late once in the election campaign. So Lib Dems would be prematurely ejected from their comfy government limousines or it would destract from campaigning.
      2) It would only appeal to the socially inclined voters who’d vote Labour or SNP depending on location and preference. So why would we undermine our own vote.
      3) It would undermine the remaining Lib Dem support in the more right wing inclined vote base of the south where they have many seats. So a big risk.
      4) Having fought tooth and nail for 5years does anyone seriously think we’d agree not to stand against the Lib Dems in certain seats and vice versa without alienating the activists of both parties.
      5) After the election it’s another matter. But this time we should have a negotiating strategy and not have someone like Mandelson arrogantly engaging in a dialogue of the deaf and offering mere crumbs off the table of power.
      We shouldn’t be asking for Cleggies head either, but no reason not to sideline him with an offer of the next available EU Commissioners post and Education so he can sort out the mess he’s allowed the poetically incompetent Gove to create. Instead, a rotweiller like Ed balls as a Deputy PM with a purpose and instead have Vince as Chancellor, because he at least is qualified for such a role. Fantasy of course, because that would require fitting square pegs in square holes from the Westminster village people.

      • driver56

        Nicely put Tom. Just the thought sends shivers down the spine. I wonder how many of our own labour MPs would consider it if they thought their own seat is under threat?

        • TomFairfax

          A good job that most will benefit from not having the ‘radical’ vote split so evenly whilst the Tories are trying to stop UKIP splitting the vote of the right. In that instance we shouldn’t find out how many would do such a deal.

  • MikeB

    Anna Turley is completely right. The Labour Party does not belong to a few people in the shadow cabinet who might want to do a deal with a discredited right wing rump in the Lib Dems. As in Redcar here in Hornsey and Wood Green we have seen the true nature of the junior coalition party. Anything other than working for a Labour majority is a gigantic mistake.

  • davidhardy

    sue and I watched the first leaders’ debate last time. I suggested that clegg was doing well. sue, usually mild-mannered and not really wrapped up in politics, exploded: “the man is a total ****!! since then I have always sought her opinion on such key matters.

  • Mr Arthur Cook

    Mr Nick Clegg – the ultimate toxic “asset”.

  • MikeHomfray

    Agreed. Not a good idea to make any soundings about the LibDems – it gives them an exaggerated importance

  • Daniel Speight

    With the largely held public perception that “they are all same”, it doesn’t help when we get these buddy stories. Of course it could just be reflecting reality that there isn’t a cigarette paper thickness between them.

    Interesting that the recent survey in the US finds that, for the first time, more than half of the representatives and senators are millionaires. Of course this could just be due to inflation, but it would be interesting to see a similar survey in Westminster.

  • uglyfatbloke

    With any luck Clegg won’t even be an MP, but Malcolm is quite right. There;s a fair chance that the gnats will end up with more seats than the glib-dumbs…,,,how amusing would that be?

    • treborc1

      Lets be honest Clegg has done a deal, the Tories have done a deal Labour did not because of Brown wanting to stay in power, once Brown offered to step down it was to late.

      My own feeling the deal is this lose your seat get a seat in the house of Lords, with that seat Clegg can carry on.

      But like it or not Labour will do a deal otherwise if you have another hung government and labour has not done anything they will have a second term out of power.

      Labour has little choice but to talk to the Liberals what other choice do they have.

      • driver56

        They need to grow a pair and stand on their own feet. we did not need them in the past and we don’t need them in the future. We need to sort out our own MPs and get rid of Blair’s cronies and start afresh. we need to re-educate people away from Thatcher’s indoctrination. We need to expose the Tories and the rotten corruption with their friends. The Fracking debate has already attracted bribes from the Tories already.

      • Derek Robinson

        No good being in power if we are hobbled by the Libdems. Labour really have to be very radical. The debt will be doubled by then so it’s even harder for us. It’s no good spending five years and then people saying you haven’t changed anything. We would be at risk of getting a multiple term slightly milder Tory party back in power that will just consolidate what this wrecking crew has done.

  • Graemeyh

    “The last thing people want is a pre election deal with Nick Clegg”. ABSOLUTELY.

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  • News Sadiq Khan asks Mansion Tax critics – how would you fund the NHS?

    Sadiq Khan asks Mansion Tax critics – how would you fund the NHS?

    Since Labour conference, the majority of Labour’s potential London mayoral candidates have been critical of the party’s Mansion Tax proposals. However one presumptive candidate has been consistently positive about the plans – Sadiq Khan. That’s understandable and expected, as he’s a Shadow Cabinet member and a Miliband loyalist. But Khan has now launched a public defence of the tax (calling it “absolutely fair”) and a broadside against critics, asking them “why they are opposed to hiring thousands more nurses and doctors […]

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