PoliticsPosted by Ayub Khan Tue, May 12, 2015 12:21:08
So the people have spoken and we have a Conservative majority, albeit a small one that perhaps affords the Prime Minister some time to lead. It may not, in my opinion give him the free reign he requires to navigate through and implement some fairly problematic manifesto pledges but it does give him the opportunity to get ahead of the game. The opposition will need to be sharp, strong, clear and united if they wish to succeed in defeating any proposals brought forward. Crucially they must offer an attractive alternative. It will be interesting to see what the reaction will be to Labour walking through the opposition lobby with the SNP on crucial votes.
As Chair of the Ilford North Constituency Labour Party, I could not have been happier given that we managed to elect Wes Streeting as our MP. Through the brilliant efforts of our local organiser Matt Goddin the team was galvanised and succeeded where Labour failed nationally.
This brings me on to where I think Labour failed. You will of course have your own view but here is mine:
1) It is far too simplistic to say that it was just the fault of Ed Milliband but we did elect the wrong Milliband and in doing so we appealed to a minority of people who would find solace in trying to recreate a Labour party that existed in the 80’s when we were clearly unelectable.
2) We rejected the New Labour approach which was about putting together polices that appealed to a cross section of voters tapping into their aspirations as well as being business friendly. Now, I know for some folk in our party , one of our greatest and most successful Prime Ministers who understood this is deeply unpopular, (I disagree with their view) but for me I find it naive that we did not listen and learn from the approach of New Labour. We spent far too much time trying to apologise for the past effectively wiping out years of success. We needed to adapt not reject that ideology.
So what happens next? We need a complete review of what we as a party are about and policies that meet the aspirations of all classes to succeed in life. Above all we need a Leader that understands this and is able to galvanise the party, they must be strong and have credible policies that appeal. They will need all the necessary skills required to bring this together.
As a fair minded individual, I offer congratulations to David Cameron. He can now say that he won an election and at the same time removed 3 opposition leaders. He will have challenges on economic policy and whether he sticks to the plan remains to be seen. We have already seen some social unrest but expect more once there is clarity on welfare cuts. He is going to need to need all the skills of persuasion to manage his back benchers on Europe. He will be looking for an advantage beyond this Parliament. Boundary changes will be a priority and pushed through now they have a mandate. One thing for sure, it’s going to be interesting. Let’s see what happens.
As for Labour, the clock is ticking..........
PoliticsPosted by Ayub Khan Thu, July 11, 2013 17:03:12
The prospect of an open primary for the next Mayor of London
is exciting and intriguing at the same time.
As someone born in this great City, my view is that London needs a Mayor
who understands and can harness the complex issues of wealth/depravation and
the need to position the Capital to meet the needs of all communities and
business, large or small, now and in the future. That means providing jobs and opportunities
for everyone that lives here. As for a Labour
candidate, there are plenty of good leaders from local government that could do
the job as there are leaders in Business.
As for selecting MP’s through Open Primaries. With the right framework in place we could
potentially see much more in the way of ordinary people in Parliament. People who could relate much more effectively
with the wider electorate. In other
words a more diverse group of people bringing to Westminster their proven
skills from outside of Parliament.
Whatever the mechanism, something has to change and Open Primaries can
be a good way forward in my view.
PoliticsPosted by Ayub Khan Mon, April 02, 2012 16:44:12
Here is my reflection on what happened in #bradfordwest.
Firstly, it seems to me that we had a candidate who did not
focus enough on local issues. From what
I saw of him on TV he did not really inspire confidence. This is surprising given that he is as I
understand Deputy Leader of the Council?
Secondly, it was in my view a fatal mistake for us (Labour)
to think that a local Asian and Muslim candidate would be the best person for
the job. The local CLP needs to reflect
on this. The best candidate should be
the best candidate regardless of race, gender, disability etc. You get my point. If they are local then that is great, if they
are not this should be no problem.
Sometimes a fresh look at these things is much better.
Thirdly, lots of comment on the so called Asian vote. In the end it doesn’t matter if the
electorate is black, white, yellow or green, male or female, straight or gay,
young or old. It’s about our policies and
what side of the argument people stand on.
Yes there are those in the community that are disproportionately hit i.e., low GCSE attainment for certain ethnic groups, but if the policy direction is clear
and people can see how it will benefit them, they will vote.
Fourthly, whilst I do not doubt at all the commitment of the
volunteers pounding the streets of Bradford West, I suspect that organisation and preparation
were not what they could have been given that the CLP and some in Labour thought
this was a walk in the park. Any
campaign needs serious organisation. What’s
the saying, “fail to plan - prepare to fail” The mutterings from the Party
indicate that Tom Watson went AWOL. The General
Secretary needs to hold a firm line and even if it means upsetting people help
get the organisation right.
In the end, it’s important that lessons are learned. Some are already saying that this will never
happen again. If we are complacent, it will.
PoliticsPosted by Ayub Khan Mon, October 24, 2011 11:49:42
Whatever your thoughts about the man, and I certainly had no time for him at all, his end was barbaric and one that says a lot about a society in Libya that will take an absolute generation to understand that the best way of dealing with him and getting justice for all of his victims was to capture him alive and let him face the courts.
Whilst Gadhafi stated that he would die in Libya, his demise is only the beginning of what will be more deaths, tribal revenge and of course various groups positioning themselves for power.
Much has also been made by our press and of course some Conservatives/Lib Dems on the role that Blair played in getting Gadhafi to renounce his evil intentions. This was of course the right thing to do at that time. Without Blair’s intervention who knows what would have happened.
Libya is a better place without Gadhafi but the so called rebels must now put down their arms and the west has to show leadership to help the country put in place processes that allow the country to understand what democracy really means.
PoliticsPosted by Ayub Khan Mon, October 03, 2011 17:50:55
Weak data over the past month has raised concerns over the health of the UK economy. Surveys pointed to declining demand in the manufacturing and services sectors, while a sharp fall in new orders was recorded in the construction sector. Unemployment rose over the most recent quarter, and the Office for National Statistics left unchanged, at 0.2%, its initial estimate of GDP growth in Q2 2011 (compared with Q1 2011). Weak economic data in the US and eurozone economies only add to the increasingly pessimistic outlook for the UK.
All sounds very depressing and yet we hear the Chancellor George Osborne today at the Conservative Party Conference give no concrete example of how growth will be achieved, jobs created and confidence boosted.
Unless we get public sector infrastructure projects, going such as, new houses, roads and trainlines built and delivered by the private sector we are going to have to suffer the same depressing story each quarter.
World markets thrive on confidence, it’s about time our Government put the confidence back into Great Britain.