Alex Salmond snubbed top-level talks on ConDem benefit cuts with Nick Clegg ~ With Comment from Black Triangle

The SNP Scottish Government IS doing all it can to ‘mitigate’ the effect of the Welfare Reform Act – hence the Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill which Alex Salmond was at Holyrood to vote into law on the day of the ConDem cross-party welfare ‘summit’ at Downing Street.

Co-incidentally, it was also the day that Britain’s doctors voted at Liverpool to end the DWP/AtoS WCAs “with immediate effect”

“Rocks would have melted in the sun” before an Act as vile and despicable as this would have been visited upon our sick and/or disabled kin here in an independent Scotland!

In our GRASSROOTS struggle – which we all have fought and continue to fight, tooth and nail, in solidarity with all sick and/or disabled people throughout the United Kingdom – the GPs votes at Scottish Conference at Clydebank and then at UK Conference in Liverpool were magnificent victories for our cause and for our common, shared humanity across these isles.

It expressed the very best, the highest kind of solidarity that we can have as a society: People uniting across every social and geographic strata and region in defence of those of us who are under sustained attack by this government of gangsters and their henchmen. 

Sadly, our joy, and our solidarity is being undermined from an old friend now turned enemy: THE UK LABOUR PARTY

Totally discredited, supine, Neoliberal, “Purple Book” ‘Labour’ politicians have sprung into action in defence of the ConDem’s welfare ‘reform’ programme.

Labour has refused to recant its wrongdoing in introducing the AtoS WCA and remains firmly within the consensus of the right and are acting with COMPLICITY with the ConDem b******* in the denial of the fundamental human rights of sick and/or disabled people. Stephen Timms says the WCA can still be ‘reformed’

The trouble is, hundreds of thousands of patients are being severely harmed – hounded to their deaths NOW! RIGHT NOW! HERE! TODAY, TOMORROW: WEEK IN, WEEK OUT!

AND YOU, TIMMS et al. DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! YOUR PARTY ARE THE INSTIGATORS OF THIS CRIME AGAINST DISABLED PEOPLE – AND YOU CONTINUE TO BE IN COLLUSION WITH ITS ONGOING PERPETRATION!!! 

Independence is now looking increasingly irresistible to sick and or/disabled people here in Scotland as the only possible MEANS to fend off such merciless attacks from Westminster.

ANY grouping of human beings that gave a FIG about equaility, justice and human rights for sick and/or disabled citizens would have been rejoicing with us on the day the UKLMC Conference voted:

“To end the Work Capability Assessment régime as carried out by AtoS for the DWP “WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT”!

BUT NOT ‘LABOUR’! OH NO!!!

The latest pronouncements by The Labour Party HERE, HERE and HERE make abundantly it clear that we cannot, we MUST NOT rely on “Her Majesty’s Loyal ‘Opposition'” at Westminster to join with us in fighting back against the eugenicist Neoliberal war on us and our welfare state.

LABOUR IS NOT ON OUR SIDE!

Soiniciulacht is RIGHT to call ‘LABOUR’: “A SHAMEFUL DISGRACE”!

In all our campaigning, letters and petitions we have never once received any official support or help from ‘Official Labour’! Not even a signature on a petition in an official capacity!

True activists, ‘SOCIALISTS’ in their party must hang their heads in SHAME!

WHERE ARE THEY?

WHY HAVE YOU ABANDONED YOUR PARTY TO THE NEOLIBERAL ‘PURPLE BOOK’ CHARLATANS WHO HAVE SOLD DISABLED PEOPLE OUT DOWN THE RIVER YET AGAIN!

WHAT AND WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT? FINALLY!

YOU are BETRAYING US! WE NEED YOU TO FIGHT TO TAKE THE PARTY BACK! NOW!

As for being an ‘Opposition’ to ConDem barbarism,’Labour’ is neither ‘fit for purpose’ nor worthy of the nameS .

Labour seems to think that if you give the ConDems enough rope to hang themselves that they’ll win the next election, and the independence referendum by default!

They are in a Neoliberal consensus with the ConDems and have achieved ABSOLUTELY NOTHING as UK ‘Labour’ to protect our people from their right-wing, Chilé-under-Pinochet style revolution of cuts and austerity.

You have no meaningful economic or political strategy to offer any of us hope. You have pledged not to reverse the cuts.

They have not thrown their weight behind calls to close the £120 billion tax-gap but have instead supported the false and unjust narrative of the Neoliberal austerity programme demanded by the banks and The City in favour of the 1%

They have long since dumped the founding principles of the Labour Movement for not being expedient in their selfish quest for power – just as shamelessly as the Liberal Democrats dumped theirs to be “in government”.

Miliband – You witter on insensibly attempting to define “Englishness” when you should be talking about AND DOING social justice and equality! Those are the values that bind us together! Not whether we were born in London or Edinburgh! The neglect and removal of these values will smash us!

At our wits’ end, I for one say: “Roll on Scottish independence! Roll on a Socialist Scotland of Social Justice and Social Solidarity!

Until such time as your party is taken back into the possession of the people it was set up to represent, mobilises and joins with us in defence of our HUMAN RIGHTS as sick and/or disabled people AND EQUAL CITIZENS  –

YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR KIND OF ‘COMRADE’!

– AND WE’LL UNITE TO TAKE CARE OF OURS!

John McArdle 

Black Triangle Campaign

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We nearly missed this report, though we would have preferred the ‘snub’ headline to have been true.

Craig Wilson wrote on The Record’s thread on 1:37 PM on 23/5/2012

“The First Minister will be in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon to actually vote on the Stage 1 debate on the Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill. This would be considerably more difficult to acheive if he was in London!” 

The Daily Record

 

May 23 2012 By Magnus Gardham

ALEX Salmond was last night accused of turning his back on Scotland’s poorest families by snubbing top-level talks on the Tories’ brutal benefit cuts.

The First Minister will not attend today’s joint ministerial committee in London chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

The meeting, which will be attended by the first ministers of Wales and Northern Ireland, will discuss tough welfare reforms.

Labour MSP Michael McMahon said: “The SNP Government is keen to make plenty of noise about the damage welfare reform is doing.

“But when it comes down to protecting Scottish families, they don’t want to know.”

Salmond is due to make a speech at an energy conference in Aberdeen today.

Parliamentary Business Secretary Bruce Crawford and public health minister Michael Matheson represent Holyrood at the London talks.

A spokeman for Salmond said the First Minister always attends annual plenary sessions of the committee. Today’s meeting is a domestic format.

The spokesman added: “The Scottish Government will be ably represented by Bruce Crawford and Michael Matheson.”

Daily Record

Comments
  • DAVID A SHAW June 9, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    There is no Labour party, only a bunch of right wing neo-con blairite selfish bastards, and yes that is the truth. The time to take back the party has arrived, all genuine socialist labour grass roots activists should call for the removal of all blairite neo- cons from the party, let them join the tories or lib-dems where they belong. They all act out of self interest and are no more true labour than ‘ call me dave’ . Remove them now, it is time to make Labour a true fighting force, with milliband and his cronies in charge you have about as much chance as us getting to pluto in the next six months via skateboard.

  • Paul Davidson June 9, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Hi From Paul in Gateshead.

    I was at the Hardest Hit Rally last year in Newcastle where Labour M.P. Lavery Gave a very powerful talk against the cut’s by his side was My new M.P Mearns. both are so down to earth and care for the people and are fighting for ”US”. As best they can I hope.

    I have a few photos of them if you would like them. holding up the banner.

    I keep trying to tell people it’s not just this Government but so many get angry for speaking out about a Labour Government led first by Blair then an unelected Brown who I sadly had to vote against due to his New Horizon’s vision. I voted for Clegg. silly me how ironic as he now is an instrament of mass Human destruction Both mentioned were obviously and well publicised I may add having a race with Cammeron in the Tuff Luck Winsconsin style race Pardon any Typoo please.

    It’s over three years now sinse I spoke out about the derogatory behaviour of Peter Haine. both on Radio Newcastle and on the Disability Now Website. Title od Article was ”Are you afraid yet” Well who is NOT”. I ask.

    My Grandfather was from Glasgow who died for King and Country on Flaunders Fields. He came like many to find work and pay taxes and gave the ultimate price for ”FREEDOM”. Yet here we are in 2012 fighting for freedom to live without persicution stigma and ridicule Hate Crime and many an abuse much of this from our OWN Government”.

    I say to you good people of Scotland if you ever go Independent Please allow me to claim Political Asylum the second you do.

    I’m not safe where I a’m under a Labour led Council. and I fear The next Labour Government due to their attitude towards the many who they so need to be protecting right now yet they dither while wondering how to get enough votes to enact their own perges.

    Paul.

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  • jeffrey davies June 11, 2012 at 11:18 am

    as i said all mps are i n it to take our benefits away while they buy and sell houses with the tax payers money and keep the profit but labour started ie tony blaire the smilling assassin and now torys oh whot a gloroius life we have under them normans rule ok jeff3

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