As a lifelong Labour supporter, even in the womb my allegiance was decided; Dad was a fisherman, one grandad a dock worker and the other a bargeman. My mother worked in the fish houses and so did my sisters.
They called the bosses 'gaffers' when they were respected and the establishment when they were detested.
In those days the gaffers had to work hard for respect, they had to earn it and it was the same in the Labour Party.
The MP’s and or delegates had to earn the respect of the members; they too came from working class roots and they knew what to stand for because they had experienced the hardship, the poverty but still had the drive to make life better for the jobless, the vulnerable and the working poor.
They went into politics for the right reasons, that’s what Labour was all about.
Along with the Unions they fought the battles and won.
The battles were never easy but the good things in life don’t come easily.
Thanks to these pioneering men and women, British workers got a five-day working week, paid holidays and sick leave and the country got a welfare system that was there to help those most in need. The NHS was the best there was offering care from the cradle to the grave and all thanks to these people.
Fast-forward to 2016 and it is a different political story.
These days Labour MP’s are mostly careerist; some have had privileged childhoods and many have never had to fight for anything. These people do not know or understand the day to day turmoil everyday people go through.
For whatever reason we cannot sack these people but we have to hope in some cases that their CLP’s will deselect them.
These people do not belong as representatives of the Labour Party. They have no idea what democracy is but are simply waiting in the wings to trip up and stab the man voted leader of the party, by ordinary members, in the back, because they do not want him to spoil their nice little earner.
But what Labour party members can do is vote the right people on to the NEC and the NCC.
When we get our vote we must make sure that we are voting for someone who respects the member’s choices and is not there to just feather their own nest.
An example of which, in my opinion, is Luke Akehurst.
I asked him on twitter out right “Who would you represent - the vast majority of members that voted JC as leader or your own agenda” his reply was:
“ @lukeakehurst @Karendarlau @NEWTEKWORLDNEWS @joannesinton1 I'm running on a platform of disagreeing with Jeremy, that's how democracy works. “
So his own agenda then?
I find this worrying, as here is a man who claims to be a Labour party supporter but is not willing to listen or even try to listen to what members are saying or want.
Please don’t vote for him.
We [the party] are already entrenched with people who still cling to the Blair ideology; they will not or cannot see that is what lost us the last two elections.
We need the party to come together in UNITY and SOLIDARITY. We need the PLP to listen. The NEC is a small step but it is something we can actually have a say in.
Supported by Eileen Kersey
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