Smoke and Mirrors
Labour Today are the party of smoke and mirrors. The Labour Party in Ipswich like to use smoke and mirrors.
For instance, a few years ago they fought an entire borough election campaign on the County issue of libraries. it was a real smoke and mirrors exercise where they said that they would use locality budgets. After they took over the borough they stopped locality budgets and then offered such a measly amount to the county that it wouldn’t have kept a single library open because there was even more smoke and mirrors. They wanted to stop locality budgets to set up pointless Area Committees. As it turned out, Ipswich Labour were just lying to scare the electorate and due to the brilliant strategy of the Conservative controlled county council, not a single library closed.
Another smoke an mirrors exercise was Ipswich Labour’s announcement that they were making the council a Living Wage Employer. They made a right song and dance about it. But that too was all smoke and mirrors because what they gave with one hand they took with another. The resulting increase in the borough’s wage budget was funded by putting up council house rent and council tax. So borough employees were no better off. Naturally Ipswich Labour would never mention that after the wage increase, bin men in Conservative controlled Mid Suffolk are still paid more than bin men in Ipswich. Smoke and mirrors!
Keeping on the subject of bins, another smoke and mirrors exercise was the announcement that Ipswich residents are not having to pay for their brown bins. Again the funding for it came by increasing council tax. This was a particularly nasty smoke and mirrors exercise due to the fact that it was also blatantly unfair. This smoke and mirrors exercise involved increasing council tax for people living in flats in Cumberland Towers, Jasmine Close and Vernon Street so that people living in houses in Bolton Lane, Corder Road and Lonsdale Close can have brown bins for their gardens.
Ipswich deserves better than smoke and mirrors by adherants of a failed ideology.
Smoke and Mirrors and Deflection
Another form of smoke and mirrors used by Labour Today is blaming the Tories for what Labour have done. One such case of this is the way that Labour blamed the Tories for the Mid Staffs death factory the last Labour government created. Andy Burnham was the health secretary when people were dying in agony and drinking dirty water from flower vases. But when it hit the fan, Andy Burnham tried the deflection tactic of ranting against the Tories.
Another case of this smoke and mirrors and deflection can be seen by the way Labour Today is trying to blame the Tories for the decision to throw out the Windrush Landing cards by the last Labour government in 2009. The decision to destroy the landing cards for Windrush migrants was taken under Labour, former home secretary Alan Johnson has said. More here.
Labour have tried to use the decision made under their watch to accuse the Tories of racism. Of course, it is obvious to the electorate that this is merely a smoke and mirrors exercise to deflect from the racism in the Labour Party where hate speech against Jews is commonplace.
Britain deserves better than what Labour Today represent.
Socialism in Practice
Jeremy Corbyn has told the Welsh Labour conference that the Welsh Government is “socialism in practice”.
Let’s review some achievements of the Welsh Government:
– Have failed since 2015 to hit the target of 95% of patients being treated in less than four hours in A&E from arrival until admission, transfer or discharge.
– An estimated 26,000 children will leave primary education in Wales unable to read.
– Lowest PISA ranking in the UK, also scoring below the global average for science, reading and maths.
– Workers in Wales “endure the lowest take home pay” in the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Wales deserves better than being treated as the testing ground for failed ideologies.