Dear Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left.
Signed, Liam Byrne

(Outgoing Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury. May 2010)

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Is this a fantasy manifesto?

Taken from here. This is part of Labour's election manifesto. It's the only part of the manifesto that mentions the armed forces.

This is what it says
The challenge for Britain

To harness our strengths and values, as we develop Britain’s world role in a global era, using our alliances and networks in order to promote security, economic prosperity, development and to safeguard the environment. The contrast with the Tory view could not be starker: they are stuck in the past, spurning alliances in Europe and helpless to defend our interests or secure the global change we need.
Ah, the nasty Tories - they had to be in there somewhere. It's called NLP you know - keep saying the right things often enough and the people will agree.

It isn't the Tories who have sent our troops to war with inferior kit. They aren't the ones who lied about MoD finances - to both an inquiry and to Parliament.

How, precisely, is any future government supposed to 'defend our interest' when the Labour government has given away some of our battleships and sold others at rock bottom prices?

Labour politicians always go on about "Opposition MPs" voting for the Iraq War - but we now know they lies were told to Parliament. Parliament was told there were weapons and security threats - that we now know did not exist.
The next stage of national renewal

* Conduct a Strategic Defence Review to equip our Armed Forces for 21st Century challenges, and support our troops and veterans.
There have been calls for a Defence Review for some time. There should have been one, but procrastination is always easier, and thirteen years passes in the blink of an eye, and there have been much more important things to do during those 13 years.
* Use our international reach to build security and stability – combating terrorism and extremism, curbing proliferation, preventing and resolving conflict, and tackling climate change.
What 'international reach'?

Would that be The Foreign Office - whose staff are so dim that they manage to offend the Pope?

Do they think Britain can make other countries toe their party line, and force their own 'citizens' to pay for ID cards, and biometric passports, and photo-driving licenses? Do they intend to make other countries keep DNA (and associated data) of innocent people - even though it's been ruled illegal? Will all countries of the world have to install full body scanners at airports - even the countries that can barely afford to run an airport?

And climate change? Yep, it needs to be tackled, and fast too. There were hailstones in Rigby Town yesterday, on 3rd May. Sure is a heck of a lot colder than last year!

Could have something to do with the wind coming from the east, over which we have no control - yet!
* Lead the agenda for an outward-facing European Union that delivers jobs, prosperity and global influence.
For the EU to look outwards it has to fix itself from the inside too, it's in a mess, it's over-bureaucratic, it's undemocratic and it's too big to work.

Jobs? Pray, where are those jobs going to come from? Our tourist industry is dying on its' feet, because it's too expensive for tourists to visit Britain, and anyway, tourists like to take photographs - they don't like to be threatened by PCSOs and shop security staff and then get arrested for being terrorists.

Tourism is about the only 'industry' Britain has left, and look what happened when tourism ground to a halt during the Foot and Mouth crisis. Some rural communities have never recovered.
* Re-energise the drive to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, supporting sustainable growth and combating poverty.
As Mrs Rigby doesn't know what these "Millennium Development Goals" might be she hasn't a clue what this means. She's sure it isn't meant to mean closing factories and selling the management of British infrastructure overseas - and making people in other countries extremely rich.

"Poverty" is relative. People in Britain are not poor, not by world standards. When there are rich people there will always be 'relatively poor' people. Labour has had 13 years to close the gap. Statistics suggest the gap has widened.
* Reform the UN, International Financial Institutions, the G8 and G20, and NATO to adapt to the new global challenges.

The Labour Party, as the British government, says it's going to 'reform' all these international institutions? It plans to do it all on its' own? Perhaps it might first be a good idea to ask other people, in other countries, if they want these changes ...

All this, it's a fantasy. They say they want to change the world? The world has seen what's happened here in Britain over the last 13 years and, in general, the world doesn't like what it sees - except those who want to pick over a carcass.

And in the meantime we're still fighting a war in Afghanistan.

Young men and women are fighting a war that's meant to bring democracy to Afghanistan.

And, here in Britain?
The Metropolitan Police has confirmed 28 allegations have been made in London alone.

It is investigating five cases - four in Tower Hamlets and one in Ealing - and a further 23 claims are being "assessed".

Barking and Dagenham, Lambeth, Westminster, Enfield, Hounslow, Haringey, Ealing, Brent, Bexleyheath, Camden and Redbridge are among the London boroughs under scrunity.

According to the Daily Mail, concerns have also been raised with officers in Yorkshire and Derby.
Couldn't make it up really, could you?

What an utter farce.

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