Stop arguing, start opposing

Say what you like about the Conservative Party but one thing they have pretty much totally nailed is a united front. Yes, there may be occasional dissenters but on the whole the Conservative Party stand together, vote together and when they need to they circle the wagons and defend en masse.

Even when individual MPs do not agree with policy, even when they speak up in parliament against that policy, they still vote with their party.

I’ve written vefore about wishing MPs had a totally free reign to vote with their consciences (presuming they have one) and to do what’s right for their constituents but there’s not much chance of that happening anytime soon due the the political party model. Therefore if a party is going to really oppose the government – and I would say this if it was the Conservatives in opposition to Labour too – there needs to be some unity instead of airing grievances and hanging out their dirty washing in public.

Look at Labour right now. After a massive upswing in party membership and overwhelming support for a left-field leadership candidate (Corbyn) they seem to to be deadset on arguing amongst themselves rather than making the most of their support.

Jeremy Corbyn is a straightforward, principled man and had the Right worried but rather than work together to support him against attacks in the press, some Labour MPs such as Simon Danczuk have taken to taking potshots in the Daily Mail!

When the London Fire Brigade Union is on the verge of reaffiliating with the Party, anti-Corbyn MP John Woodcock attacks them on Twitter

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Today (27th November 2015)there is news of potential resignations over the Party’s position on bombing Syria. I’m sure their are disagreements and heated discussions within all Parties but very rarely do we hear about them. The Tories control their MPs like they control their press yet it seems Labour would disintegrate over who had control of theTV remote on a quiet night in!

The Scottish National Party present a united front but I believe that is because their MPs and other members are like-minded and share common goals. When Nicola Sturgeon speaks one believes she speaks for her party and nobody is sniping at her or undermining her in the press.

Labour need to look to the SNP, take note of their policies (apart form the independence thing!) as they reflect what many of us believe Labour should be standing for and then look at them as an example of a Party unified to represent the electorate.

It’s simple, surely? Stop bickering and start opposing this government before it’s too late.

 

 

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When does a rebel sanctioned by the West become a terrorist? 

It’s only a few days after the latest atrocities committed in Paris and one more day since a vicious attack in Beirut but today I read something which goes some way to explaining why we are in such a mess; why the threat of terrorism looms over much of the world.

[note: by ‘we’ I mean pretty much the whole world. I would say ‘the international community’ but we don’t tend to include a good many of the affected countries in that collective]
Back in June The Guardian reported the collapsed trial of a Swedish man, Bherlin Gildo who had been facing terrorism charges for supporting a Syrian rebel group.

What forced the prosecution to drop the case was the evidence that British intelligence had been arming the same rebel groups.

Yes, that’s right. We were prosecuting someone for fighting for a cause we had been assisting until quite recently.

It just beggars belief doesn’t it? We Undermine a regime which has fallen out of favour and then when the collapse of law and order in that country destabilises an entire region we expect everyone to toe the line of our foreign policy and what? Hand the weapons back? Go back to farming?

Of course, it’s not just the UK which blunders into conflict like this, our ‘closest ally’ the USA has form too.

All that fuss with the Taliban? It’s an inconvenient truth that while Afghanistan was occupied by Russia, the U.S. was arming and training the resistance and the CIA were instructing them in insurgency tactics and the use of improvised explosive devices (IED) such as car bombs.

At the time the U.S. was obviously quite ‘proud’ of this; the 3rd Rambo movie sees Stallone fighting the Russians alongside the locals. The movie isn’t seen too often these days but not just because it’s utter crap. It’s obviously a source of some embarrassment, a reminder of an intervention which hasn’t really panned out as expected.

Do we learn? It looks like we don’t even want to learn, instead we just sweep it under the carpet and move on to the next fiasco. Libya, Syria, Afghanistan – all slightly different but essentially all the same.

Read the Guardian’s report, I’ll even link it again so you don’t need to scroll back up.