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Monday
Jan012007

Workers to unite behind Tories

Well, according to David Cameron at least. The Boy King's latest outburst has been greeted with a mixture of bemusement and derision in most quarters, which was probably only to be expected. We still think of the Conservatives as the party of the upper classes and Labour as the party of the trades unions.

But if you stop to think about it, the Thatcher governments did more for the poorest in society than anything nearly any Conservative or Labour government has done before or since. Certainly far more than the current jokers have done.

Kerron Cross is, of course, right behind the government as a party loyalist should be.

We remember the 1980s, the 1990s, and heck we even remember what we've had so far of the 2000s. We remember their anti-worker policies and positions and how they let down the poorly paid.

Unfortunately he doesn't explain what these anti-worker policies were supposed to have been, but let's just get a grip shall we? Telephone bills fell through the floor after privatisation. Was that anti-worker? Of course not; only a fool would suggest otherwise. Foreign holidays on cheap airlines? Attacks on the working classes are they? They didn't exist in the seventies because airline tickets were the exclusive preserve of the rich and you could barely take currency out of the country, thanks to Labour's "pro-worker" currency controls. Privatisation was the most pro-worker policy for decades, transforming the lifestyles of millions of people for the better.

Kerron goes on to ask of the Tories:

For example if you want a better standard of living for the poor, why did you oppose the minimum wage?

Because basic economics says that a minimum wage will lead to a reduction in demand for labour from the low paid? Hours will be reduced or jobs lost. You can argue that it won't happen, in the same way that you can argue that the world is flat, but nobody is going to take you very seriously. Now Labour has set the MW pretty low, so there may have been no effect, but if there was no effect then the policy was only a gesture, rather than the policy triumph its supporters claim. Meanwhile, the evidence is that there has been a reduction in hours. Kerron needs to face it: the minimum wage is more of an anti-worker policy than anything the Tories ever did.

Why did you oppose the working families tax credit and child credit?

Because they were predicted to be an over-complicated shambles, as indeed they have turned out to be?  I would have thought a Labour supporter would have wanted to keep quiet about tax credits.

Why did you allow unemployment to hit 3million last time you were in power[?].

And there you have it, gentle reader: Labour's top blogger believes that the high unemployment of the 1980s and 90s was a deliberate anti-worker policy of the Conservative party.  Call it incompetence and you might make a case, but surely this is plain bonkers. And they call the Tories the "stupid party"!

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Reader Comments (2)

Cameron needs to embrace blue collar workers just as Mrs. T successfully did in the 1980s. However, I fear his policies (if he has any!) will penalise people who are keen to improve their lot in life whilst pandering to the economically inactive.

So long as Cameron opposes tax cuts, he will fail to engage them.
Jan 3, 2007 at 7:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterSnafu
Embracing blue collar workers is right. I would have thought "every child to go to private school" would be as good a way of getting them on board as any.

The signs are that Cameron's going to go for woolly managerialism though, unless he's just lying through his teeth to get into power.
Jan 3, 2007 at 10:23 PM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

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