HomeBlogJohn McDonnell MP tells the Labour Party: “Let’s seize upon this opportunity” to fight poverty
  • DAVID A SHAW December 7, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Well said, and i support your words. Labour needs to get onto the side of the ones who are being targeted by those idle feckless eton workshy toffs.

  • Sue Brock December 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Well done John but what a shame that this type of letter to the Labour MPs is even necessary :0( I’m not at all sure that the Labour Party actually supports equity within society any more.

  • Andrew Healey December 7, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Well said Mr McDonnell, what we really need today is a government that actually represents the people who put it there, one that speaks the truth, not one fronted by a plastic Tory or Blair clone. The Labour party has forgotten why it was formed, McDonald and Hardie must be spinning in their graves now. The Tories are taking us back to the 19th century where millionaires use slave labour to boost their bank accounts, then hide that wealth offshore. You are put there to represent the people of this nation, not to make yourselves multimillionaires ( Blair) at the nations expense. All our services sold cheap into private hands, now we can’t stop these privately owned company’s ripping us off to the tune of billions of pounds every year. Our industries sold off cheap, no jobs, the N.H.S, being privatized, while most MPs are just waiting for the chance of the pharmaceutical companies they own to supply the very hospitals they allowed to fail in the first place.We the people know what you are all up to. Please be our voice, tell the truth as we would, bring back decency to this nation. Get your friends together cross the floor and say enough is enough.

    • maureen ferguson December 11, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Well said 54 years old deppression anxiety since age 12 due to car accident!!! drunk driver who got away with it !!!he did,. And 2 other severe ailments!! NO SUPPORT WHATSOEVER-Cant cope with all this..Please Help !!

  • Findlow December 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Thank you John McDonnell – you represent the true heart of what the Labour Party is meant to be. I hope you and like-minded MP’s such as Michael Meacher can have some solid influence in banishing the worst of the Blairite legacy.

  • Dick Clark December 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

    This is what we need – positive, aggressive politics that address the TRUTH, rather than just smoke and mirrors and dishonesty – just as long as you can follow it up with firm, equally positive actions; otherwise you’re just wasting your time and everyone elses.

    May I make a plea, that you speak out loud and clear against the demonising of the unemployed, the sick and the disabled. In particular, shout to the bloody rooftops that 99% of these people are NOT workshy skivers; rather, they are just the same as anyone else fortunate enough to actually have a job. This government seems intent on destroying jobs and then calling any and every person they have cast to the scrap-heap ‘workshy’, ‘skivers’, accusing all and sundry of hiding behind closed curtains (and maybe that’s because they’re made to feel ashamed by this wicked rhetoric?). This government are creating the deepest poverty seen in this country in the last 100 years and we desperately need men of honesty, integrity and above all real courage and conviction to stand up against it.

  • Andrew Healey December 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Dick Clark December 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

    This is what we need – positive, aggressive politics that address the TRUTH, rather than just smoke and mirrors and dishonesty – just as long as you can follow it up with firm, equally positive actions; otherwise you’re just wasting your time and everyone elses.

    Now all we need is another 9 million or so who think as we do and we have cracked it.Never say die keep up the fight.

  • Steve Nicholson December 7, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    At last, common sense prevails.. I don’t want New Labour, or God forbid Blue Labour (Tory Lite), I want True Labour – showing some moral courage & having the bottle to shout down the Tory lies, whilst fighting to protect those most in need of protection in society!!!

  • jed goodright December 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I think you give John McDonnell too much credence
    The labour party are not going to challenge the governments welfare bill because they want to do exactly the same thing
    labour have BETRAYED and BETRAY working people and the oppressed in this country

  • jeffery davies December 7, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    about right jed goodright they started this and now the torys whip us harder but wonder whot happened to the labour party we know blair turned it into the little tory party and nnow it cant find its way back nah they started this hatred of the sick and disabled even pushing some onto the unemployed nah its time we had decent people who ruled us not tory jeff3

  • Thomas December 7, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Labour was destroyed by Blair, who went changeling like into the party and turned it into a right wing one.

  • K Peake December 8, 2012 at 12:22 am

    The system is rigged. The extraordinarily privileged and expensively educated 7% keep control and everyone else down by occupying 50% of the senior, decision-making roles in Westminster and Whitehall. The more kindly among them need a nudge to give a sh** about the failing country they are fortunate enough to own and run. Sign the petition:


    The DWP once accommodated braincells and was encouraging employers to make it physically and environmentally possible for disabled people to work with them, as well as to have the odd nervous breakdown, hospital appointment and collapse without being booted back onto welfare again. They called this excellent scheme “Positive About Disabled People”. To sign up you needed only to be capable of acknowledging that health conditions existed and willing to accommodate them.

    However, it works, which is terribly confusing and threatening, and it requires skilful management, so it was abandoned in favour of stigma, persecution, slave labour, genocide and a fight to the death to become an undeveloped nation (http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2010/nov/04/united-nations-report-britain-inequality).

    Yet they managed to sell the idea to 250 employers before wandering off in the direction of the Nuremberg rally, and here are those 250 employers willing to have any of the 1.3 million disabled jobseekers among us sit alongside them in their offices and communicate with them over the internet (this is more than the brain-dead DWP or Work Programme will tell you so be sure to share this list of disabled-friendly employers):


    Notice the only large media outfit on the list is Channel 4. Notice the complete absence of the press who claim we are work-shy cheats but don’t and won’t or haven’t thought to, if you want to be nice about it, employ us themselves. They have held this position passionately for years now, never thinking to so much as glance over their offices or employment practises or the history of disability despite several decades worth of research available to them at the click of a button and despite obviously not having any personal experience to draw from or any imagination or many brain cells and despite claiming to be journalists.

    The UK press are charlatans at play which is to be pleasant about them. The fact that their stupid, incoherent, juvenile and unpleasant “position” continues to hold water tells you all you need to know about most of them and why it is deadly necessary for us all that they are made to be responsible. This would be nothing at all to ask of any decent person.

  • Linda December 8, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    What people want is decently paid jobs. Everything that is good comes from that. Those of us who are too sick or too disabled to work should not be harassed or made to feel like scroungers for simply wishing to be able to live and pay our bills. Especially when we are well aware there aren’t enough jobs for the able bodied, never mind the disabled.

  • Ann Bywater December 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    As an ordinary Labour Party member I feel strongly about this. If the Labour Party leadership does not oppose this bill I will not be renewing my membership.

  • Jan Tchamani December 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I’ve nothing to add except I’ve been reading the above posts and feel privileged to be among such intelligent, wise and knowledgeable people on this site. Thank you.

  • Serenity December 9, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    He’s whistling in the wind where labour are concerned, talk too the hand the face aint listening stylee!

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