The alternative to cuts narrative will not wear political colours

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.


4 Responses to The alternative to cuts narrative will not wear political colours

  1. TeonGordon says:

    Yes, this really provides Labour with a platform to build itself up as a credible opposition party.

    What is important though is, as you point out, that the chorus of disapproval against cuts is not firmly divided along party lines (Just look at Boris Johnson’s narrative over the London cuts). Next few months are going to be very interesting!

    • Carl P says:

      I agree. And though the likes of Bozza are ringing the alarm bells (though I believe he went back on his word on Andrew Mar’s show this morning – shall have to catch up with that later) Labour should not be looking to build a coalition of those against the cuts, wouldn’t work, is undesirable, could possibly be justified if the AV vote didn’t look like it was going to go to shit next year. This is Labour’s main remit – hisotrically and politically.

  2. TeonGordon says:

    Yeah, I saw the Andrew Marr Show today. Surprisingly, Boris did come up with a couple of good ideas. He briefly touched on the fact that there are unscrupulous landlords who charge ever more money, thereby causing tenants to require ever-higher rents.

    What is also interesting is the tensions within each party. For example, spending ministers will not want to axe their own budgets, which will cause resentment against the Chancellor, and so on.

    • Carl P says:

      Rawnsley in the observer was on the money today with a piece talking about the departmental threat of lynch mobs. Looks like Boris may have been briefed early on by an observer reading assistant. True though isn’t it – come October 20 the knives will be out, I’m nervous.

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