Saturday, 29 November 2014

Labour's John Cruddas can progressives work with him?

It has been long suspected that in the two  devolution  referenda of 1979 and 1997 the Labour leader at the time (Callaghan,and Blair) had no real belief in the proposals.

Blair in particular when in the Shadow Cabinet was shocked  when he realised that his then leader the  late John Smith refereed to Scottish Devolution as "Unfinished Business) Smith  actually believed it.

Looking a t Ed Miliband there does not seem to be any real desire to continue with the process and there doesn't seem to be desire in the ranks of Labour in Scotland Wales let alone Westminster for a real devolution settlement  apart for reasons of political expediency.

So it welcome to here Labour's policy review chief Jon Cruddas

saying .

The British state is "no longer fit for purpose" and people are "disenchanted"

He said political parties were at risk "of being past their sell-by date".
Labour would have to harness modern technology to bring government "closer to the people", he argued.
In a speech to the Institute for Government, Mr Cruddas warned: "People feel a sense of being locked out of government and they know it."
He said people in the modern UK felt a "sense of abandonment" about politics.
"They are losing confidence in the ability of our public institutions to serve a notion of the common good," he said.
"Those who take decisions on behalf of others, whether in the public or private sector, are too often unaccountable.
He argued:
 "Our established political parties are in danger of being past their sell-by date.
"Their tribes are shrinking, their membership is declining, their hierarchies and bureaucracies too slow and cumbersome.
"Arguably they stifle innovation, creativity and initiative."
He said that where once political parties were "vital intermediary institutions between people and the state", in some parts of the country they had "become so disconnected from society they can no longer fulfil this role properly".
And he called for greater use of technology to create "a new way of governing our country".
It is when Mr Cruddas called for a "more federal union, which gives English, Scottish and Welsh people a stronger voice and more control over their lives and a new model of the state to do it". That perhaps we should sit up an notice.

In the next Parliament we could have a Plaid,SNP,Green Bloc who in a hung parliament  will be looking  who to support .

Neither Cameron or Miliband look like  worthy recipients of the backing of  such a Bloc but maybe Mr  Crudass could be someone they can work with.

Constitutional change will be an important issue in the next parliament and it will not deliver Independence  which I think is the only real solution

Although  attempts are being made to derail it spearheaded by t Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown  backed by the Unionist media saying politicians in Scotland must stop obsessing about constitutional change and focus on improving people's lives.

What Brown is real saying is "obsessing about constitutional change"is threatening my  Party in Scotland 

A odd statement after what Cruddas appears to be calling for and we can only speculate who really speaks for Labour,

But alliances will have to made a progressive forces will have to seek any in Labour (if they exist) who are prepared to work with them.

John Crudass may be one of them hopefully  and like John Smith he really believed in what he says we can only wait and see,

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