by Iain Roberts on 9 March, 2011
Cllr David White rejoined Labour recently (having left them for the Lib Dems in 2002) and wrote a letter last week giving his reasons. This is my response.
I was surprised to read Cllr David White’s letter last week. His decision to return to the Labour Party after nine years away is one for him, but his claimed reasons for doing so seem to make little sense.
Cllr White thinks the Coalition is cutting too much, but surely he must know that Labour, had it won the General Election, had already decided to cut even more from schools, hospitals, defence, local government and the police than the Coalition is doing. The Coalition is cutting £46 billion from these over four years, but Labour’s plan – set out when they were in Government – was to cut £48 billion!
Cllr White opposes scrapping the EMA and higher Tuition Fees – I have sympathy with his views on both. But why, then, join the party which, in 2007, took the decision to scrap the EMA and in 2009, in agreement with the Conservatives, launched the Browne Report with the intention of having students pay more for their education?
Labour left the country with a huge debt – and left all of us paying £120 million a day in interest to overseas bankers. In Government, Labour planned big spending cuts to deal with the problem. Now in opposition, Labour seem to have no ideas beyond attacking everything the Coalition does and hoping we all forget that they were planning to do much the same.
Cllr Iain Roberts