The alternative to cuts narrative will not wear political colours
September 10, 2010 4 Comments
Labour have won the most seats from by-elections in Exeter and Norwich. Ben Bradshaw, MP for Exeter, has said “[t]his is a fantastic result for Labour and a fantastic result for Exeter.”
The claim by the Labour Party is that this shows voters already rejecting the coalition’s policies on cutting the deficit.
But it is also worth noting that the “Conservative-run Derby City Council has found itself lobbying against the Tory-led national government’s spending cuts” according to Chaminda Jayanetti for Liberal Conspiracy recently.
It is a strange set up, but the Tories have a minority administration, held afloat by the Liberal Democrats.
In any case, even in the early stages, tensions across the political spectrum have begun to play out as response to the way the Osborne axe has fallen.
As the severity of the cuts pervades through communites, the angry response will not wear political colours, but it should prove to be the impetus by which the Labour Party – post leadership election – set an alternative narrative to cuts. The welfare of people from all sections of society is, after all, Labour’s natural remit.