As the election draws closer the political parties are at great pains to sell themselves to the electorate; notwithstanding the possibility of a hung parliament it will be as always a fight between the Labour and Tory parties; the fact that we are actually talking about a Labour Tory fight is a remarkable testament to the durability and commitment of the Labour Party who have been pronounced dead and buried many many times in the last 6 months to a year. Some commentators have gone as far as to suggest that the Labour Party would cease to exist after this election others fervently wished it so. Both of course are wrong, people like me who have been party members for approx. 40 years laughed at the suggestion; I know from experience that the Labour Party is a cause, it’s a long difficult journey and well worth fighting for. I know the party, I know the members, we can bicker and fight but; that is no bad thing for a democratic party; when the chips are down we will rally we can do no other, we owe it to the generations past who fought for the freedom and representation of the working people; those past Labour members and voters to carry on and we will.
The Tories as part of their sales pitch are desperate to convince us that they have changed, they are no longer the ‘nasty party’ while the makeup of their shadow cabinet suggests quite convincingly that they have not changed one bit, they are as much as ever the party of the rich and privileged hoping to be elected to pursue the well being of the same rich and privileged class that they belong to.
Here is an example of why the Tories have not changed and have no intention of doing so, it’s a topical tale. Everyone agrees on cuts coming; the privileged rich almost destroyed the economy and the nation will gather round and pay for it; it was ever thus I hear you say and you are right. A good example of this is the firm Carphone Warehouse. This modern firm will bravely face the future and accept that times will be tough; outsourcing will be the name of the game but like good modern Tories they intend to make sure that their loyal workforce does not suffer unduly.
In an unprecedented outbreak of generosity at their place at Wednesbury Carphone Warehouse have decide to outsource their human resources staff to India; the generosity comes in with an offer to said staff to follow the jobs to India with the proviso that Indian wages and conditions will apply, all heart or what eh? Still let’s be fair they did make the offer; the staff’s response however has not been recorded or at least it hasn’t been printed.
Oh, and the generous to a fault owner of this exemplary firm? A Mr. Charles Dunstone friend and advisor to David Cameron yes the same Bullingdon boy Cameron who has changed along with his party. “The only constant is change” said the great Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky but I doubt he ever met the British Tory Party.