You defended the interests of the poor and the oppressed, you stood shoulder to shoulder with us, you spoke out against the tyrants of this world, you never gave an inch, you never compromised, I’m sorry to see that your involvement within politics has been curtailed, but I know full well that the fighter in you lives on and will continue to fight the good fight.
The Akh salutes you Sir!
“My 23-year stint in the House has been ended. I was well beaten by a man you’ve never heard of, which makes it even more painful, and I doubt you’ll hear much of him in the next Parliament either.
I started out beating the late, great Roy Jenkins in Glasgow Hillhead.
After my expulsion by Tony Blair over the Iraq war, I became the first left-of-Labour MP elected in England in 60 years, snuffing out Blair Babe Oona King’s career.
At this election, we tried to win by creating a three-constituency “microclimate”. It proved unsuccessful, although we did poll nearly 30,000 votes.
Perhaps I should have quit while I was ahead. Or maybe I’ll be back, somewhere, somehow. Only God knows.
I’m back on Press TV Thursday and Sunday nights (Sky 515) and back on Talksport radio soon, too. And of course, I’m here in the Record every Monday.
I’m speaking in California at the weekend, my son turns three, more children on the way, Godwilling, too. So don’t feel sorry for me – it’s been marvellous!
Nothing became Gordon Brown’s election campaign like its ending. He hit his stride only in the last few days – as he would put it, he was at his best when he was at his most “Labour”.
His “old-time religion” preaching a couple of days before the election is how he will want to be remembered.
Perhaps it would be churlish to point out that the young girl sobbing about her mother’s struggle to live on the wages of a cleaner in central London, which so moved Gordon, was actually cleaning his own Treasury office.
New Labour has lost millions of voters and hundreds of thousands of members since 1997, and almost 100 Westminster seats last week.
I don’t need to rehearse the reasons – you have heard them from me often enough. It is a measure of people’s fear of the Tories that the losses were not even worse.
In London, in Scotland, and other traditional fastnesses, Labour folk circled the wagons hoping they could stop the Tories. Alas, it appears it was not to be.
The two public school toffs, Clegg and Cameron, are, as the Americans say, “making out”, and later today may achieve full coitus.
It is a grisly, peculiar tango. One wants to join the euro, the other to “Save the Pound”.
One wants to give an amnesty to more than a million illegal immigrants, the other leads a party deeply infused with racist anti-immigration instincts.
One wants to abandon Tridentbased nuclear weapons. The other loves the Bomb, in the words of Ike and Tina, “like a schoolboy loves his thing”.
Vince Cable, says an emergency budget and immediate “savage cuts” are “dangerous and irresponsible”. Gideon Osborne considers it an article of free market faith.
A fair voting system, that sacred cow of liberalism for 100 years, looks like being butchered in exchange for, er … what exactly?
To paraphrase St Thomas More: it profiteth a man nothing to sell his soul, even for the whole world. Are the Lib Dems really going to do it for a “Pupil Premium” and the Chief Secretaryship of the Treasury?
The new Tory-Lib Dem government (how strange it feels to write those words) will try to make you pay for the sins of others, too.
The turmoil in Greece, where workers are revolting at the idea of paying for something they didn’t do, may be the cloud no bigger than a man’s hand which heralds great storms.
The “PIIGS” – Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain – could start to collapse like dominoes and create an economic Tsunami. Not being in the Eurozone will not protect us if it happens.
Some of you may stand up against such an injustice. If you do, you’ll always find a friend in me.
SALUTE TO THE BRAVEST
Nowadays, most people think Victory in Europe means an away win at football.
But exactly 65 years ago, the continent erupted in joy at the end of an era of mass murder and total war.
Britain, which had stood alone, now stood triumphant. Churchill saluted his US and Soviet allies and called for European Union – in part so that this could never happen again.
Those who served, at the front or at home, saved us all from a fate worse than death – eternal bondage, slavery to fascist barbarism, the death of all that is good.”
Source: Daily Record