Is MSP at odds with party leader?
James Kelly’s description of himself as supporting “cuts to inequality, not public services” is a total joke. Is he unaware that Ed Miliband was plastered all over the papers bragging about the massive public spending cuts that Labour are committed to should people be daft enough to put them into power?
Maybe it by-passed Mr Kelly, but a lot of his constituents will have noticed the difference between the reality of Labour policy and Mr Kelly’s delusions.
As to his fawning over Gordon Brown following the latter’s announcement that he will not seek re-election to Westminster, it was frankly sickening in its lack of honesty. Brown left a legacy of “pursuing social justice”? The truth is that the gap between rich and poor increased after Labour’s 13 years in power. As to Brown preventing a depression, Mr Kelly must have forgotten that Brown was Chancellor during the credit bubble that led to the crash that Mr Kelly reckons he saved us all from. “Asleep at the wheel” would be an understatement, and it is the working class that has been paying the price of the austerity that Labour will continue to impose if given the chance. Don’t worry though: the capitalist class that Brown saved are doing just fine. Brown and Labour leave a legacy of failing to pursue, far less achieving social justice.
Mr Kelly was right on one issue though: Brown’s disgusting interventions in the referendum debate doubtless swayed a number of people to vote No. However, this could only be achieved by Brown being allowed to lie without confrontation or question by mainstream print or broadcast media. Brown’s repeated assertions that people would be denied organ donations across the border (refuted by the NHS organisation which coordinates this) was possibly the most disgusting example of the depths which Unionist politicians were willing to plumb during the referendum campaign. People such as James Kelly however, seem happy to pretend it never happened.
Brown’s lies over the economy were also unparalleled and he can be seen in full blown lying action on a youtube video uploaded by his colleague Alex Rowley MSP. Rowley laughably refers to the nonsense spouted by Brown as “evidence based” (https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=Qy1GS5bewpg). The fact that in the video Brown can’t even add up some simple figures (apparently 9+22+6+11=40) might give a hint as to why he was such an appalling mismanager of the UK economy.
Labour have proven themselves to be the most shameless liars in Scottish politics: no lie is too big when Labour careerists are in pursuit of their own power and position. Brown just showed himself to be a contender for the biggest of them all. Is it any wonder that when Labour tried to do some campaigning in Rutherglen a month or so ago, the only people they could get on the streets were an MP, an MSP, three councillors and a solitary “non-payroll” member?
Labour’s credibility is sub-zero and having elected a new “leader” of the Scottish branch office who thinks we should forget everything he ever did and pretend that he has always been a socialist even when he clearly never has been, I’m not sure that their credibility rating is likely to rise in the near future. David Stevenson, 47 Cairns Road, Cambuslang.
Cuts James Kelly MSP voiced his opposition to cuts inequality, not public services