Great letter from Caroline Lucas in today's Observer (below). Labour are failing the real people in this country, they are failing to back the unions (and I have no idea why the unions keep on backing Labour) and they are failing to lead the country towards a fairer society. They should be consigned to political history.
Ed Miliband's article was an object lesson in mealy-mouthed
prevarication. On the one hand, he acknowledges that the protesters pose
a challenge to politics to close the gap between their values and the
way the country is run. On the other, he dismisses their "long list of
diverse and often impractical proposals".
I should love to know
which he finds most "impractical": their call for an end to global tax
injustice, or perhaps their proposal that our democratic system should
be free of corporate influence? Or maybe it's their support for the
student demonstrations this week, or the strikes planned for 30
Until he can demonstrate which side Labour is on,
Miliband's assertion that "the Labour party speaks to that crisis and
rises to the challenge" will remain hollow rhetoric.
real challenge that the occupiers present to politicians like Miliband
is that they are staging the debate that mainstream parties have been
studiously avoiding since the economic crisis started – the question of
how to completely refocus the values and goals of our economic system,
rather than trying to get back to business as usual as fast as possible.
was proud to have been asked to address the Occupy rally in London last
weekend, and proud to be able to say the Green party stands fully
behind their goals. It's a pity that Labour can't do the same.