It was a nice April evening last year when The PnP team Met Ed Milliband, Tristram Hunt and Rob Flello as they had their Labour Party meeting at the Red House Pub, Longton.
At the time I was trying to be as impartial as I could be I did mention to Tristram Hunt and Councillor tom Reynolds that Brown had to stop chuffing about go and be real with the people and stop backing wars that no one believed in because I felt it simply wasn’t the labour way.
Now I’m quite sure there are some people out there thinking , “Well Phil, who are you to lecture TH, RF and DM”? The answer is no one, of course, they are all infinitely more educated and successful that I am and they have far more experience of politics than I do. That said, I’m a voter, I come from a labour voting background and I’d like to say that I reckon I know which way the wind’s blowing when it comes to the man in the street.
Since Last may we have seen the election of the coalition,
Which to my eyes has been oddly successful in sticking it out over the last year. We have seen Gordon Brown retreat, defeated to the back benches, a sad waste of a man who should now, in my opinion should still be the chancellor of the Exchequer.
We have seen Ed Milliband, against the odds, usurp his brother and become the Labour Leader. I openly welcomed this, as I felt that Labour seriously needed a change of tack and thought that David Milliband was cast far too much in the mould of the Blair and Brown years, in which the public had lost trust and patience.
Today however, well, actually for the last couple of weeks now I have been wondering what the hell Mr Milliband is playing at. He has been arguing publicly against the cuts of the Coalition at every turn he has been saying that he wouldn’t have cut so deeply or so fast. He has Marched with Trades Unionists stating, that the cuts are damaging Britain.
I ask then, is this the same Mr Milliband who has been actively and openly supporting Military action against the sovereign country of Libya? Is this the same Mr Milliband who agrees with and clearly endorses the massive spending that military action is costing? stating on the March 14th
“I don’t think we can just stand by as Colonel Gaddafi takes greater hold in Libya,”
“Hold in Libya”? He’s the leader? He may be a dictator, but a dictator who the west has supported and propped up for years.
I know there are the humanitarians amongst you who say that something had to be done. Perhaps it did. I for one don’t like the thought of innocent civilians being killed by dictators. However, I cant see the UN intervening right now in Zimbabwe, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Chechnya, Syria, Iran or Yemen. the fact of the matter is that a sovereign country is a sovereign county, and China and Russia have in my opinion the correct interpretation of International law. Don’t meddle.
Usually I’d attack the government for taking such action but this article is about Labour, and Labour values. Nevermind Mr Cameron for one moment. Although clearly he too is suffering some massive memory loss.
Milliband!! I thought you were against cuts? You are against cuts? How can you then, sanction costly military action when the money being spent on WAR could be put to better use?
This is of course the moment when defenders of the Libya action wade in and smugly point out that all the money being spent on the Libya campaign is already in the control of the MOD’s budget. My retort is simple enough.
“True, but when that budget is all spent, does that mean that the MOD will have to rub along with next years budget minus it’s spend of this campaign”? Or will the taxpayer have to dig deep yet again to make up the shortfall, ” To ensure Britain is kept safe”. I think we all know the answer don’t we?
Furthermore, the money the MOD is spending in Libya could be better spent protecting our troops in the other war of folly “Afghanistan”. Our Brave service personnel are putting their lives on the line out there, whilst the backup budget is being blown attacking Libya, where we cannot afford, nay, DARE NOT risk getting further involved.
The British action alone reportedly cost 28.5 million pounds in the first four days, according to the Telegraph
The IB Times reported “The Royal United Services Institute estimated that the British cost of the ongoing Libyan campaign might reach as high as £100 million in just four to six weeks.”
So the 28 million pounds spent in the first week would more or less have put Stoke on the right track. whatever we spend in coming weeks will no doubt have helped other towns and cities despite the fact we are told repeatedly that “WE HAVE TO CUT”.
All this isn’t helping the price of oil spiralling into insanity, causing motorists to struggle and businesses go to the wall because of the instability in Libya. Is the there a man alive today that thinks that when Gadafi comes through this , which he surely will, that he won’t unleash the hounds of hell on the UK and all taking part in this military action. At the start of the war he was claiming Al Quaeda were behind the insurrections, now he’ll be welcoming them in with open arms.
So, I repeat the question Mr Milliband, where do you stand?
Are you for the cuts or against the cuts? From where I sit it is completely unclear what you stand for..and in the eyes of the common man, that means you stand for nothing at all.