Dear Ed Miliband,
I have found myself questioning what principles I would like Labour to encapsulate of late.
For some time it has been clear to me what the key issues are that requires fixing in the United Kingdom:
- An inequality based on thirty years of Neo-Liberal policies
- A growing democratic deficit both in the UK and EU
- The creeping privatisation of public services started by New Labour becoming a stampede under the coalition
- A refusal to accept and respond to the growing man-made environmental catastrophe that is unfolding
- A failure to acknowledge peak oil, and the scarcity of the resources that mean that growth based on consumerism is fatally flawed going forward
- A national housing crisis that remains unsolved
This is by no means a comprehensive list. However, it is my view that the Labour Party has failed grasp these issues. The Tories certainly won’t, but if I want to campaign for a decent future for my children another party must.
You have stated many times that New Labour is dead. However, the ghost of Blair still possesses much of the PLP, against a majority of the grass-roots membership. Let us not forget that Tony Blair essentially embraced the Neo-Liberal consensus, as did Gordon Brown. Yes, it was dressed up to look like it wasn’t, but an animal with two humps and four legs is always a camel.
In many speeches you have hinted that you understand my concerns, yet no actions or commitments have been made that give me any confidence you will commit Labour to seriously following through your good intentions. I understand the establishment will be hostile, but to make a change you must face this. Universal suffrage, the abolition of slavery and the creation of the Unions did not occur without serious fights. The fight to rid us Neo-Liberalism will be no easier.
Where is Labour’s clear backing of the protesters outside St, Pauls? These are the first cohort fighting this battle. Consider it a new start up company, like an embryonic Microsoft. A small investment now is easy, but if the movement grows into something bigger (which I am sure it will) that investment will result in huge rewards.
I have considered deeply, and only The Green Party offer the vision I want for the world I want for my children.
Others in Think Left will fight the good fight from within the Labour Party. However, I choose an alternative path. Therefore, I will be resigning my Labour Membership, to join the Greens.
I wish you well, as change in our country will rely on Labour taking an alternative path with many obstacles.
For the sake of our future generations be bold.