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The Lib Dems are no alternative for the working class

April 8, 2010

According to the Liverpool Echo, Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats have targeted Liverpool as they believe they can win the Wavertree seat from Labour. Clegg “said voters in Liverpool felt let down by the Labour party that had come to power in 1997 promising fairness which it had failed to deliver” and he has “made the new Penny Lane community centre Wavertree the first destination in his election tour.”

In his own words;

We are going to [win the seat] by going from doorstep to doorstep and from street to street.

I think people feel so angry and let down by Labour in Liverpool. They were promised so much in 1997.

And after 13 years of Labour we have got lots and lots of young people out of work.

We stand for the fairness people were promised in 1997, but Labour have failed to deliver. Labour has let people down in the North West and people in Liverpool.

The bottom 20% of people in this country now pay more [proportionally] in tax of their income than the top 20%. We have a grotesque tax system.

The bankers are gorging themselves on bonuses while people find it hard to pay their bills here.

We are the only party that plans to give people fairness.

People should not be fooled.

Labour have, indeed, reneged on a lot of promises since they came to power. Both locally and nationally, they have betrayed and abandoned the working class they are supposed to represent. The most obvious example of this lies in their refusal to overturn the repressive anti-union legislation enacted during the Thatcher and Major years. Not to mention the fact that when Royal Mail, British Airways, and Civil Service workers in Liverpool and across the country have attempted to stand up for their rights against injustice, the Labour government condemned them and told them that they were in the wrong for standing up for themselves.

But do we really think a Liberal Democrat government will be any different? The Lib Dems talk about “fairness” from an entirely social perspective, and economically they represent no significant change for the working class. Indeed, with Vince Cable having come out as supporting a ban on the right of workers to strike, signs are that they would be just as repressively anti-worker in government as their Labour and Conservative counterparts. In parliament, they have joined every round of condemnation when strikes and industrial disputes have emerged, attacking the workers as unreasonable because they have refused to take abuse, bullying, and the aggressive rollback of hard won rights.

Lib Dems are no more an alterative to Labour than the Conservatives are. All three parties are anti-working class and will only continue to roll back our rights and freedoms in the name of vested business interests. By voting for one or the other, or even a minor party, we are only playing their game in assuming that change requires leaders and an appeal to authority.

Workers must take the mandate for change into our own hands. Don’t vote – organise!

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One Comment
  1. A Marsh permalink
    April 12, 2010 8:09 pm

    Well, Nick Clegg has just been interviewed by Paxman. He can safely criticise the tax system as he is not going to be in a position to change it. Didn’t say anything about VAT, the tax that hits the poor regardless. Also, unless I missed something, he completely ignored green issues and the shortage of public housing – presumably doesn’t want to put off drivers, conspicuous consumers and people who prefer to blame immigration rather than government for the housing shortage.

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