In case anyone missed it, here is a link to “the great maiden speech” made by the young SNP MP, Mhairi Black. ERNIE JACQUES is among those who believe Labour should support her call for a parliamentary coalition against the cuts.
Aged 20 and just out of school, Black said it was not nationalism which trashed the Labour Party in Scotland but Labour’s support for neoliberalism, big money and austerity. And I think she has a point (although I part of her speech was egging the cake a little as nationalism was clearly part of the mix during the general election).
She goes on to say that, as a natural Labour supporter and social democrat, she feels is was Labour who left her and not the other way round. Her riposte to chancellor George Osborne’s budget spin was brilliant – it challenged the Tory nonsense about foodbanks being part of a modern welfare state full-on and did so with none of the equivocation and spinelessness of the Labour front bench where Labour’s acting leader Harriet Harman was in full surrender mode.
I think her Tony Benn quote about principles, weathercocks and signposts was also spot-on and goes to the heart of Labour’s and current political demise. Her call for a broad parliamentary coalition against the Tory benefit cuts should be supported by all on the anti-Tory side.
I doubt this will get much support from the timid Labour front bench team who, with a very few exceptions, really epitomise Benn’s vacuous and unappealing political weathercocks. I would love to be proved wrong.
Mhairi Black’s maiden speech in the House of Commons has reportedly been watched 10 million times on You Tube. It can be seen here.