On Wednesday, Iain Duncan Smith brought in a bill designed to deny illegally sanctioned jobseekers redress, by retrospectively changing the law. Picking on people who are barely able to afford to eat is bad enough, but legislating to declare your illegal actions legal after all sets a dangerous precedent.
The Labour Party should have opposed the bill on both counts but instead, at the behest of Liam Byrne, all but around 40 Labour MPs abstained.
Whenever Liberal Democrat MPs allow Tories to win votes in the House of Commons by abstaining, Labour MPs are quick to point out that they are, effectively, voting with their coalition partners.
I agree, but the same applies when the boot is on the other foot.
The Labour MP who purports to represent me wasn’t one of those who voted against IDS’s bill, so I will now have a difficult decision at the next General Election, unless the Labour Party return to their roots, and start to actually defend the poorest and most vulnerable people in society.
The longer that Liam Byrne stays on the front bench, the more difficult it will be to persuade voters that they are any different from the Tories.
- Liam Byrne is going too far by endorsing Iain Duncan Smith’s failed programme (liberalconspiracy.org)
- On Workfare & Labour (anoccasionalmissive.wordpress.com)
- Liam Byrne cannot escape culpability for today’s Workfare vote (liberalconspiracy.org)
- Labour’s Workfare Shame – A New Low For the Party That Pretends to Care About the Poor (johnnyvoid.wordpress.com)