As Daily Wales Stated at the time.
The Labour Party showed exactly where its loyalty lies as 23 of their Welsh MPs voted in favour of the UK Government’s Charter for Budget Responsibility, with three abstaining.So it was Interesting that the Tanned One failed to vote
All of the London controlled parties were in support as Welsh Tory and Liberal Democrat MPs helped vote through an estimated £30 billion worth of cuts to public services over the next five years.
In an interview as he publishes his new book, Back to the Future of Socialism, the Neath MP and ex-Cabinet Minister insisted there is no need for the post-election cuts being planned by Labour as well as the Tories and Liberal Democrats.Now he advocates a £30bn economic stimulus package over two years if Labour returns to power.
And he said there was a stifling orthodoxy shared by most of the mainstream media that there was no alternative to the austerity agenda that has resulted in huge public sector job losses and devastating service cuts.
Asked whether the party will do that, he said:
“I don’t know. It’s not the party’s policy at the moment.He sees house building as the most important element of such a package:
“But we have said that we will borrow to increase capital spending and that’s the argument that I’m making. And the figure I’m quoting is backed by reputable economists. It’s not a figure I’ve plucked out of the air.”
'Investment needed in housing'
“I’m passionate about the housing crisis we face, particularly affordable housing for people who just cannot get on the housing ladder – young people who couldn’t afford to buy their own place if they were living on low to modest incomes.
....“And then there’s all sorts of other infrastructure projects – speeding up the dualing of the Heads of the Valleys road, for example. There will be lots of things we can do, including renewable energy projects.”
He remains hopeful that the stalled , potentially creating tens of thousands of jobs, could be resurrected.
I bet he still hopeful for the Severn Barrage project it may crate one special job for a special person
“I represent a constituency which has got high levels of deprivation.“People are suffering in Neath, and they’re suffering in so many parts of Wales in a way that makes me so angry because it doesn’t need to happen.“And we’re going to have another five years of it if these policies continue to be followed.”Yes he represents Neath and has failed those he has represented time and time again.