Rebecca Long-Bailey has recommitted herself to Labour’s promise to discard Universal Credit, stating she will not compromise on axing the six in one benefit.
The left-wing leadership hopeful repeated Jeremy Corbyn’s strategy of ditching the Tory reform following years of objections and delays and replacing it with a new policy.
All three leading competitors for Labour leader, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Keir Starmer and Lisa Nandy have now announced they would discard Universal Credit, a strategy that was in Labour’s 2019 manifesto.
Rebecca Long-Bailey demanded her opponents make the same promise as her with a jibe at their voting records and she pointed out that she voted against the Conservatives damaging welfare reforms in 2015.
Commons records infer she opposed the second reading of the Tories Welfare Reform and Work Bill while Keir Starmer and Emily Thornberry didn’t vote in the July 2015 vote.
A spokesperson for Sir Keir Starmer said he too would discard Universal Credit.
Lisa Nandy, who has already also pledged to scrap Universal Credit, was on maternity leave at the time of the 2015 vote and a local Momentum branch was accused of smearing her when it incorrectly claimed she abstained.
A BBC2 documentary showed heartbreaking stories behind the system that’s broken and just isn’t good enough and it’s beyond repair and the next Labour leader must not compromise Labour’s policies on Universal Credit.
Labour must fight the Tories over their failed and profoundly despised programme and Rebecca Long-Bailey stated that if she gets in as leader of the Labour party she would end benefit sanctions and establish a review with campaigners, policy specialists, MPs and trade unions into a reasonable, fair and respected social security system to succeed Universal Credit, which would stop poverty and be equipped to implement the day she goes into government.
Lisa Nandy said the system could be superseded with participatory workshops including trained members to develop a new system.
Universal Credit should be discarded and reconstructed with the people it should be helping.
Universal Credit is a mess yet the Tories can’t bring themselves to acknowledge that they’re part of the problem, so it’s time for a distinctive approach which enables the people who rely on the state for assistance, with the expertise of advocacy groups, to change it for the better.
Rebecca Long-Bailey, Keir Starmer and Lisa Nandy are all set to face a ballot of Labour members from mid-February. Emily Thornberry is also in the race but it seems to be grappling to get enough nominations from local parties or unions to make the ballot and what a shallow talent fishpond the Labour party have if these are the most suitable candidates for a leader they can get.
And then you have Rebecca Long-Bailey who called a man in a care home a ‘practical vegetable’. What a nice terminology to be used if you want to be an alternative to Boris Johnson’s fashion of name-calling.
And no matter what the Public Relations people say to justify her faux pas, it’s a cruel thing to say aloud and it displays her incapacity to restrain what her brain thinks and what she says.
If we’re not mindful she’ll probably end up giving the codes to the nuclear missiles by mistake when asking the Russian President Putin round for a coffee to discuss trade talks.
“That will be 167993 pounds, oops I just gave you the missile launch codes, forget I ever said anything”.
Lisa Nandy said the system could be replaced with ‘participatory workshops’ including ‘trained members’ to develop a new system, what she really means is brainwashing.
She further stated that it was time for a different approach which allows the people who rely on the state for help, with the expertise of advocacy groups, ie. how to fill in the new mound of forms for them to then decide that we’re not part of the voter group they want receiving government money.
But it is time that Universal Credit gets discarded along with assessments and sanctions because the Tories have gone on long enough with this draconian punishing brutality against claimants and they’re treating them as sub Human.
Perhaps if they used money that did help people into real training with the guarantee of actual qualifications at the end, not just a diluted course where you do 1-3 years of slaving for your welfare money then fall back onto the dole at the end of it because firms want experience.
There are stormy waters ahead for the world economy and the United Kingdom could end up being in a particularly challenging financial situation and Rebecca Long-Bailey can promise what she likes but at the moment Labour has a really weak vote and it would take someone especially magnificent to bring them out of the murk.
Does this woman look like a world leader? No, she resembles and sounds like a Brownie guide leader ready for a kids campfire song, and in this superficial world, looks and sound bites are essential and Rebecca Long-Bailey has neither.
And let’s face it, she’ll spew whatever drivel she thinks will help Labour back into leadership and this woman doesn’t have an innovative thought in her head.
Rebecca Long-Bailey isn’t going to have the system fully implemental on her first day in office. She would require sufficiently prepared personnel to do that and who knows the system inside and out.
And it’s not something the Tories are going to allow so easily, and Rebecca Long-Bailey needs to come back with an achievable time table, then you never know, she might then get into government.
Jeremy Corbyn called Rebecca Long-Bailey ‘our candidate’, but we know that she’s almost certainly going to be the next momentum mafia acolyte and sorry leader of the losers party and ensure that the Tories are going to be in control for years until Labour wakes up from its slumber.
Universal Credit was created to be destructive and something that has complete contempt for the sick and disabled but then everyone whined about the old system as well but Universal Credit is flawed and even if Labour did get back in, it would cost a fortune for them to scrap it to substitute it with yet another system, and that might not work either.
This is yet another politician spewing twaddle because they believe it will attract the voters, rather than offering a rational alternative.
The plain truth is that there’s not much wrong with Universal Credit, it needs tweaking here and there but the one thing that it does need is the implementation of it and those who are executing it are doing so with horrifying incompetence.
The concept of just having one benefit was to keep the system simple but it’s ended up being more complicated and I just can’t fathom why our government has made such a mess of it.
They told the people that the one benefit would keep things simple but instead, the Tories behind our backs brought in a harsh welfare system with no compassion. They did make it simple, just kill off as many people as they could, job done, no more problem!
After all, the Tories live in their wealthy bubble protected from the daily strifes that most of us battle every day. We need a Labour leader that has a voice and is a fighter to take the Tories on.