Posts Tagged ‘Liam Byrne MP’

Labour Leadership election thus far

June 8, 2010

I have not seen any condemnation from Labour politicians about the remarks made by one of the Leadership candidates in relation to about Baroness Thatcher.  His excuse appears to be that it was a joke.  Astonishing!

As for the Labour Leadership more generally, I do not think that Conservatives or the Coalition have anything to fear in any of the candidates.  From a partisan point of view, I am relieved that Liam Byrne is not standing.  I rate him very highly indeed – intelligent and comfortable with working people.  Labour were wrong to not go for John Reid when Tony Blair stood down as PM.  They were wrong not to persuade Liam Byrne to stand this time.  But I am not complaining.

A quick review of yesterday’s news

July 17, 2008

Immigration ‘harming communities’

In fairness to Liam Byrne (whom I think is very bright), he only became an MP in 2004.  I wonder whether he would be prepared to condemn the approach taken by New Labour between 1997 & 2001 towards anyone who expressed seriously concerns about the scale of immigration?

Straw unveils elected Lords plan

I know I seem to be in a minority but I am opposed to an elected second Chamber.  An article from Lord Norton gives some very good argument against.

Brown defends fuel duty decision

Clearly lots more needs to be done but ofcourse this is better than nothing.  I overhead someone predicting that prices could go down as the economy goes into recession because there will be less demand for petrol.  If the economy does get worse (obviously I hope it does not), then I do not think the price of petrol will decrease for a while (but I hope I am wrong)!

Council workers walk out over pay

It will not surprise anyone to hear that I do not support the demands of the Union.  Some rather unpleasant comments reported on Conservative Home.  Here is the latest in Hounslow.  Please keep checking the front page of the Council’s website.

Launch of assembly power debate

OK, not yesterday’s news but why do I see the recommendation of more powers a foregone conclusion.  I urge every fellow Welshmen and women living in Wales not to support anything further.  The Union is good for Wales and lets not increase the injustice currently inflicted on people living in England by the current constitutional settlement.