The Party Of Labour

In the run-up to the general election, the Labour Party made a big thing about their concern for the poorest and most disadvantaged members of British society and in its response to its overwhelming defeat at the polls has bitterly cited the effect a Tory government will have on the wellbeing of such people. This plays well to idealistic young voters and liberal-minded people who are themselves, financially comfortable.

Such concern for the left-behind of our nation should remain central in Labour Party policy. However, if Labour is to be successful in its attempt to win back its traditional voters who switched to the Conservatives in order to “get Brexit done” it has to start talking louder about working people who are not destitute but who are struggling to keep their heads above water because of the increasing bias to the obscenely rich in our society. When such people hear politicians talking about rough sleepers, refugees and the like all the while, even the most compassionate of them are going to think, “Hang on a minute, what about us?”

The Labour Party needs to reembrace its original reason to exist which was to represent the interests of labouring people which, nowadays includes those who slave away in call-centres and in retail parks for little reward as much as those few who still work in heavy industry.

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