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Statement on behalf of Boston Labour following the triggering of the Article 50 Brexit negotiations.

As the Tory Brexit leap into the unknown gets under way Boston’s choice will be between further impoverishment at the hands of emboldened right wing extremists or a march towards a more secure future under Labour.

Summary.

Controlling migration has been put as the top priority for the Brexit negotiations by Theresa May to silence the right wing extremists in the Conservative Party and the rantings of UKIP. Although, behind the scenes, the Brexit ministers are having second thoughts, pursuing this in an uncompromising way is most likely to end in us crashing out of our largest free trade market with few, if any, new agreements in place. We will have to wait to see what happens to our economy but it is plain to see that we rely on migration at the moment to provide the workers we need in our businesses and our vital public services.

Whatever the outcome the signs are that countries around the world see Brexit as a self inflicted wound leaving us as vulnerable prey. As predicted it is looking more certain that our economy will suffer as a result of Brexit but that is the choice the country has made.

The long term plan of the Tories has always been to move towards a smaller public sector and less regulation; regulation that protects workers and the environment.
The Government and its privileged supporters treat the country as a globalised corporation where the only thing that matters is the profit that can be syphoned off into the pockets of the wealthy. The Tories have no plans to increase public spending despite the desperate need but are wedded to cutting it further.

Unfortunately UKIP is of no help either. UKIP thinks all Britain’s problems will disappear with Brexit but the reality is that, although the problems will change, they are likely to get worse. Open the UKIP policy box though and it has no answers. A party set up for one purpose only is just an empty vessel when it comes to the nuts and bolts of making people’s lives better. Look at how little UKIP councillors contribute to running Boston or the County Councils. Only Labour offers a comprehensive alternative vision for the country.

It’s sad that the neglected people north of Watford, including Bostonians, who, understandingly, voted for Brexit as a protest against being cast on the scrapheap and left to suffer the strains of rapid migration are the very people who will suffer the consequences most. With less money to go round and fewer people to do the unattractive jobs our communities rely on, Tory Britain PLC has already turned its back on ordinary people.

So from here on Boston people have a choice between continued rule by the privileged southern elite and their wealthy paymasters emboldened by Brexit, or by people who care about the well being of everyone.

No matter what Brexit brings Boston Labour Party wants to see co-operation rather than the divisions between the haves and the have-nots of today. That co-operation is needed so that we can plan a secure future for everyone by re-energising forgotten and neglected places outside London and rebuilding our public services. We wish to see people treated with respect and empathy; not as expendable resources. The Tories are taking us back to the inhumanity of Victorian times instead of looking forward to a more civil and equal society which is the goal of Labour. The choice will be for the people of Boston, amongst others, to make.

Full Statement.

Controlling migration has been put as the top priority for the Brexit negotiations by Theresa May, not because that is the best option for Britain, but to silence the right wing extremists in the Conservative Party and the rantings of UKIP. Although, behind the scenes, the Brexit ministers are having second thoughts, pursuing this in an uncompromising way is most likely to end in us crashing out of our largest free trade market with few, if any, new agreements in place. We will have to wait to see what happens to our economy but it is plain to see that we rely on migration at the moment to provide the workers we need in our businesses and our vital public services.

Whatever the outcome the signs are that countries around the world see Brexit as a self inflicted wound leaving us as vulnerable prey. Who will be in the driving seat, the UK which desperately needs new trade deals to keep its head above water or potential overseas partners who can take it or leave it? Already European countries are vying for the jobs in finance that are now earmarked for moving abroad. As predicted it is looking more certain
that our economy will suffer as a result of Brexit but that is the choice the country has made.

Whatever the outcome it is plain to see that the long term plan of the Tories has always been to move towards a smaller public sector and less regulation; regulation that protects workers and the environment. The Government and its privileged supporters treat the country as a globalised corporation where the only thing that matters is the profit that can be syphoned off into the pockets of the wealthy. The Tories have no plans to increase public spending despite the desperate need but are wedded to cutting it further. What mentality punishes you for being born into a large family (restriction of child benefit to the first two children)? What mentality takes money and mobility from the disabled? What mentality takes resources from schools that have fought hard to improve the lot of their pupils? Clearly it’s the callous mentality of the privileged few that think they are entitled to riches beyond ordinary people’s wildest dreams whilst the rest of us can be left to sink or swim. Contrast the daily battle of poor families trying to keep a roof over their heads and food on their children’s plates in the face of cynical cuts to their support with the lot of the sacked chancellor, George Osborne. He is now to rake in six figure salaries from six jobs for the wealthy elite while supposedly representing his constituents by keeping his role as an MP; can you get more disrespectful of voters?

Unfortunately UKIP is of no help either. UKIP thinks all Britain’s problems will disappear with Brexit but the reality is that, although the problems will change, they are likely to get worse. Open the UKIP policy box though and it has no answers. A party set up for one purpose only is just an empty vessel when it comes to the nuts and bolts of making people’s lives better. Look at how little UKIP councillors contribute to running Boston or the County Councils. Only Labour offers a comprehensive alternative vision for the country.

It’s sad that the neglected people north of Watford, including Bostonians, who, understandingly, voted for Brexit as a protest against being cast on the scrapheap and left to suffer the strains of rapid migration are the very people who will suffer the consequences most. With less money to go round and fewer people to do the unattractive jobs our communities rely on, Tory Britain PLC has already turned its back on ordinary people. Scotland’s attempts at Brexit negotiations show the way protest will be dealt with; ignored and its devolved government treated as children sent to the naughty step.

So from here on Boston people have a choice between continued rule by the privileged southern elite and their wealthy paymasters emboldened by Brexit, or by people who care about the well being of everyone. Between a government which will ensure ever more wealth flows into the pockets of those who already have plenty whatever Brexit brings, or people who would use that socially useless wealth wisely to give everyone the chance to be fulfilled. Between a government which sees ordinary people only as a source of profit but at the same time treating us with contempt, or government by a Party borne out of the same struggle against the same, privileged, elite of a century ago.

No matter what Brexit brings Boston Labour Party wants to see co-operation rather than the divisions between the haves and the have-nots of today. That co-operation is needed so that we can plan a secure future for everyone by re-energising forgotten and neglected places outside London and rebuilding our public services. We wish to see people treated with respect and empathy; not as expendable resources. The Tories are taking us back to the inhumanity of Victorian times instead of looking forward to a more civil and equal society which is the goal of Labour. The choice will be for the people of Boston, amongst others, to make.

 

Posted on March 30, 2017 11:20 pm by Paul Gleeson

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