Ed Miliband's performance at the Labour Party conference had all the hallmarks of an aspiring stand-up comedian, auditioning for a role as a third-rate TV entertainer.
Nauseating, sickening and depressing.
Where were policies likely to inspire?
What about rebuilding our manufacturing? What about the billions wasted on so-called defence?
What about the unemployed, the million of young people, without hope or a future?
The older generation facing a cuts in care and pensions?
What about bringing rail - and other privatised industries - back into public ownership?
Then we have Afghanistan and lraq and other planned military adventures. Nato and the EU.
Why should the people of Britain vote for a pale blue and pale magenta Labour Party?
My earliest memories were giving leaflets out for Hugh Gaitskell in the 1945 election.
No illusions about Attlee and his anti-Soviet, anti-communist support for the US cold war and his sending of troops to Malaya and other colonies fighting for their independence.
Thousands of good people have tried to reclaim the Labour Party since.
The majority of them, disillusioned, disappeared from politics all together.
The Labour Party as such is surely finished.
The number of socialists in Westminster is barely into double figures.
With membership of all parties well below half a million and activists probably at around 5 per cent, it's clear that people have given up on parties.
Unless we act soon we will see a right takeover, one even more serious than the one during the '30s, and not only in Britain but in mainland Europe and the US.
We must establish real links with progressive forces worldwide.
We have more to lose than our mortgages.
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