Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Stephen Kinnock a man to watch.

Yes indeed a man to watch as in the space of a week he has flip flopped over Labours response to the Welfare Bill

For sheer duplicity  we need to look no further than Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock who only last week compares plans to limit child tax credits to two children are reminiscent of Nazi-style social engineering policy eugenics, 

He  joined many others in the Labour party in publicly disagreeing with interim leader Harriet Harman’s support of Tory plans to limit child tax credits to two children.

He told BBC Daily Politics: 

“It’s simply not pragmatic and its awfully reminiscent of some kind of eugenics policy.”

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Eugenics is a much-reviled social engineering policy most closely identified with the Nazis, aiming to create lower birth rates among sections of the population deemed "less valuable" to society by those in power.

Even I would have thought twice before making such a comparison .

But with reports suggesting that women who have a third child as a result of rape would be able to claim for child tax credits – prompting concerns from campaigners that such women would have to prove they were raped. I can se the argument.

Mr Kinnock said:
 “If there’s a tragic case of a pregnancy by rape... how is the Tory government going to oversee and implement that.
“Are we going to be asking women to go to the DWP and prove how their pregnancy came about?
“I just think there are massive question marks about the moral and ethical dimension of this policy.”
The Rape clause was frirst brought up by the SNP and reflects the sher uncaring attitude of the Government.

Quizzing the prime minister during PMQs, Angus Robertson challenged Cameron to look again at special exemptions for those affected under plans unveiled in last week's Summer Budget to limit tax credits to families with two children.

In a showdown with the Conservative leader at the dispatch box, Robertson said:

"Rape is a horrific crime and it is abhorred by MPs of all political parties.
"The Department of Work and Pensions and HMRC in the Government's Budget have been asked to 'develop protections for women who have had a third child as a result of rape or other exceptional circumstances under the Prime Minister's plans to restrict child benefit to two children for new parents'. Can the Prime Minister explain how this will work?"

That with Mr Kinnock previous statement should have bee enough for Mr Kinnock him to join the NO Lobby.


 However, yesterday he was defending the “reasoned amendment” Labour put forward to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill and its policy of abstaining on the Bill rather than voting against it.


Mr Kinnock defended his stance saying: 
“What the reasoned amendment does is set out what we can live with and what we can’t and I’m very clear that on the three child policy, that’s not something that we could countenance supporting but when it comes to various other aspects of the Bill, such as an increase in the minimum wage, the levy on companies for apprenticeships, that’s something we can.”

So that's alright then  

 There was no reason even for an ambitious MP to vote NO  on Monday no one was going to lose a Shadow post and with the Leadership up for grabs a rebellion was unlikely unless it was Liz Kendall attract much of a negative from the eventual new  leader.

A number  for Lanour ber of the new intake voted against the Bill

including Caroline Harris, (Swanses East), Jo Stevens (Cardiff Central) and Gerald Jones (Merthyr)

Bernard McEldowney, secretary of Bromsgrove Constituency Labour Party, had warm words for the Aberavon MP, saying: “Mr Kinnock is one to watch. Very impressive.”

Yes Indeed but not  watch in the same way Mr McEldowney means.


Maybe its no suprise that Stephen Kinnock  was not among them . But with the ability to hold a straight face and use such words as "reasoned amendment" to condone his failure to vote against a bil he had only a week ago compared with the policies of the Nazi's he will go far.

Bernard McEldowney, secretary of Bromsgrove Constituency Labour Party, had warm words for the Aberavon MP, saying: “Mr Kinnock is one to watch. Very impressive.”

Yes Indeed but not  watch in the same way Mr McEldowney means

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