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22 July 2008
Nu-Labour: death wish or hubris?
Has Nu-Labour got a real death wish or is it hubris that drives them on? The reason I ask is that last week's rumour that Nu-Labour was planning to introduce welfare reform became hard fact yesterday when the wheeze was unveiled. The reason why I asked the question is because the Glasgow East by-election will be held on Thursday of this week, and I can't figure out the motivation behind the announcement.

The point is that if Nu-Labour wants to hold Glasgow East then this announcement is pretty much guaranteed to ensure that another few thousand people either stay at home or vote for the Scottish National Party.

To make matters even worse, enough Nu-Labour backbenchers will vote against the reform to ensure that it only passes with Tory help. Isn't that just a wonderful way to ensure that even the most bovine Labour voter finally realises that the Tories and Nu-Labour are both cut from the same cloth?

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All incapacity benefit to be axed by 2013, replaced by ???

Those on dole have to work for their money...

22 July 2008 at 08:29  

God only knows - I don't think that the Tories have sent the paperwork over yet.

The thing that gets me about this is that when the Tories put everyone out of work a generation ago, they allowed, even encouraged, the doctors to hand out sickies like sweets. They knew that it was the only way to keep a lid on the situation.

Why are Nu-Labour so thick?

22 July 2008 at 09:05  

It's a PR stunt.

Even repealing the 10p tax rate failed.

Can you imagine repealing incapacity benefit...??

22 July 2008 at 19:18  

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