Just back from my holiday in the glorious South West of England and playing catch up on the Labour conference. So I'll just share the notes I made whilst watching the Party Leader's speech:
Sickly opening by wife. Nothing in there that I or anyone else couldn't do. No reason why he is best to run the country.
Good praising on Labour achievements in the past 12 years.
Sickly praising of Harman and Mandy. Slightly more respectful praising of Darling. The face on Balls, who wanted the chancellor job going into the summer was priceless.
Statement saying we have 2 choices. That's not democracy and if it is, it's shit.
Back to the easy habit of Tory bashing. Yawn.
The whole theme of the speech seems to be that he doesn't understand that he has bought 2009 and hopefully 2010. The price is every year that follows. Any government could chose to do that. That's not the hard choice, that's the short term choice.
"What failed was the conservative idea that markets always self correct." If that's the case then there has to be the failure of the left wing idea that markets don't work unaided and that in 10 years they couldn't pick this up.
Claiming credit for the NHS. As a party yes. Unless I'm missing a trick he wasn't born at the time of it's creation...
"The banks will pay back the British people". Not likely.
Next election: 1st term of a new global age. Green ecomony, finance as the service not the master, bring all the talents of the country to bear.
250,000 new green British jobs. Lets see how that one will work.
"Will invest more in schools". The money for that is coming where?
"Started recession with the 2nd lowest debt in G7 economies" Reduce debt by 50% in 4 years. Raise tax at the top, cut costs and make savings for front line services.
Inheritence tax again. Little to do with Labour apart from them starting the practice... weird thing to mention.
Minimum wage. One of Labour's good points.
Ooh, next the welfare system. More uncosted increases.
Children having children. 16 and 17 year old parents to get supervised homes. Interesting idea.
50,000 most chaotic families to go on family intervention program. What a chart that is.
When talking about the service level agreements for policing I couldn't help but notice the conferences slow pick up of applause when 48 hours was the closing remark. Sounded like they expected 24.
Terrorism and immigration in the same sentence. Bad idea. That's BNP talk.
No compulsory ID cards. Only took a few years and a shed load of wasted money to work that one out.
Constituents right to recall their MP for wrongdoing. Good move.
Referendum for the alternative vote system. Also good.
House of Lords again. Good, but is it believeable.
More Tory bashing. Yawn.
Paying respect to dead soliders in Afganistan. Basically buying a standing ovation.
Long waffle on NHS with presumably rare personal letters from individuals positively affected by changes made by New Labour. Hate these kind of things. One side of a highly complex story.
The footy results coming in are taking my attention as the waffle continues.
Labour embracing hope. Hah! Too bloody right you do.
Beating cancer in this generation seems to be a big thing in this speech. How's that going to work?
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