Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Glasgow East

What can you say? One of the safest seats in Britain, a good candidate looked like a good campaign and we lost.

The result shows just how deep our problems are and it important we are honest about the size of them. It is even more important that we don’t let them drive us into despair.

It seems to me we have two strategic problems. Internationally the world economy is facing major problems in relation to demand for basic raw materials, energy and food being the two most obvious but also for all the basic raw materials requires for manufacturing. This is causing major problems for Government of any political shade.
Domestically we face the inevitable problems any government get in a democracy when it’s been in power for over a decade.

We can either take a fatalistic view like Private Frazer in Dads Army – We are all doomed! Or stick to the belief that it is possible with a combination of hard work and intelligence application of Labour Value to get out of the situation. Gordon’s getting a lot of stick at the moment but there’s no doubt in my mind that he is still the man we elected last year. Devastatingly intelligent, deeply aware of the problems and capable of getting us through. It is up to us the show the solidarity the labour movement has always required in difficult situations.
It won’t be easy but it can be done.

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