Decoding New Labour 21


The odious Charles Clarke states on Radio 4 that Labour MPs will develop “their own alternative” to the economic policy of Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell. What he means is that Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, Lord Sainsbury and the private healthcare firms will continue to push their interest through bought and paid for New Labour MPs.

Just thought I would decode that one for you.


21 thoughts on “Decoding New Labour

  • Habbbakuk (la vita e' bella!)

    I shall break one of my firm rules and remind people – before Mary gets to work on a cut-and-paste from Wikipedia – that Clarke’s father was the equally odious Richard (“Otto”) Clarke, Treasury mandarin and bouffon extraordinaire in the 1960s/197os.

  • Carl Jones

    But will they? I agree with what you say. I am not entirely convinced Corbyn is anti system. He has already made two suckup comments to the Zionist lobby. I’d be inclined to think that Corbyn has been but in place as a hpoe/calming mechanism to take us into 2020 and then who knows. Well have conscription by then.

  • Rose

    Yes I heard that too. He didn’t actually say how this would be done though did he? He seemed to have over-looked the inconvenient fact that he and his ilk are no longer in the driving seat. I think the crude expression is called pissing in the wind.

  • Daniel

    A Sky News reporter was this morning live on air from a refugee centre in Passau, Germany. He said that the Syrian refugees, were grateful that their applications for asylum will almost certainly be rubber stamped but added:

    “When you talk to Syrian’s and ask them what they think the solution to the crisis is, it’s not for the European’s to invite more refugees into their countries but it’s back home in Syria. It’s about a political, perhaps even a military solution in solving the problem in Syria. And it’s quite clear from what David Cameron was saying earlier on, that he’s been hearing that as well, not only from the politicians’ but also from the people on the ground that he’s met.”

  • Mary

    Clarke was omnipresent on the ‘medja’ throughout Jeremy’s campaign, dropping packets of poison.

    But he never got a peerage. Bwah! Bwah!

    He did well on speaking and consultancy fees and I see he became a consultant to KPMG in 2008. Enough said. Vile.

    •Consultant to KPMG LLP on the future of public service reform.
    http://www.theyworkforyou.com/regmem/?p=10113

  • Aussie F

    The Anglo-American defence/intelligence establishment will now be having a field day with the Labour right. Thousands of willing accomplices salivating at the prospect of engaging in a campaign of subversion against Corbyn.
    He better watch his back.

  • Mary

    For clarity and ability, hear Prof Kate Pickett BA (Hons) MS PhD from York University at the end of Today. Best of all defences put up against Corbyn/MacDonnell/people bashing.

    Will there be a return to the old socialism v capitalism ideological battles of the 80s with Jeremy Corbyn leading the Labour Party? We speak to Kate Pickett, co-author of Spirit Level, and Ben Southwood, head of Research at the Adam Smith Institute.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b069jd2m
    2hrs 54mins in

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Pickett An epidemiologist. Her speciality is at the nub.

  • Tom Welsh

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we could somehow require that political parties adopt names that actually reveal their policies and aims? One could spend an amusing evening thinking of possibilities. Such as “Save The Banksters”. Or “How Much Taxpayers’ Money Can We Spend Killing Asians?”

  • Alasdair Macdonald

    I had a colleague who had been involved in UK student politics back in the days when Mr Clarke was involved, too. He described him as a ‘nasty thug’. The same colleague continued to be active in Labour politics and he said, that Mr Clarke is ‘nastier and even more thuggish’. Mr Clarke is from an establishment background. Like Alistair Darling, but with less polish and charm, he is simply defending the interests of his class, some leading groups of which, Craig listed.

  • Clydebuilt

    John

    Might not have needed to be decoded, but no harm in making the point and getting it out there.

  • Old Mark

    ‘Clarke’s father was the equally odious Richard (“Otto”) Clarke, Treasury mandarin and bouffon extraordinaire in the 1960s/197os’

    Charles Clarke’s father reached the top of the civil service tree rather earlier than that Habba, and some of his ideas were far from odious (although they were certainly not welcomed by our ‘cousins’ across the pond)-

    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/cabinetpapers/themes/crisis-creation-robot.htm

    His dad had redeeming and noteworthy features, but Charles Clarke is essentially a political thug a la Denis Healey, but without the latters’ ability, or capacity for hard, demanding work (the fiasco of foreign prisoner deportations under his watch at the home Office refers).

  • MJ

    “Labour MPs will develop “their own alternative” to the economic policy of Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell”

    Presumably that’s the same economic policy that was espoused by the other leadership candidates, the one that won over so many hearts and minds in the election.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    His dad had redeeming and noteworthy features, but Charles Clarke is essentially a political thug a la Denis Healey, but without the latters’ ability, or capacity for hard, demanding work

    I question that sweeping dismissal. As a constituency MP he was pretty damn good, and positively involved. As Home Sec he was a bit of an arsehole, true, but that tends to go with the job.

  • Old Mark

    As a constituency MP he was pretty damn good, and positively involved.

    Happy to defer to Craig’s readers in Norfolk on that point.

  • lawrenceab

    Tom Welsh: I recommend MPs be made to wear their corporate sponsors’ logos on their jackets – like football players – so we can see who pays whom. Much simpler for us all.

  • fedup

    I recommend MPs be made to wear their corporate sponsors’ logos on their jackets – like football players – so we can see who pays whom. Much simpler for us all.

    Great Idea! In six inch labels so that the logos can be clearly seen, in case of running short of space on their apparels, additional banners are to be carried out by each one of these “elected” parliamentarians!

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