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‘Well I wasn’t expecting that!’ – Miliband’s speech reviewed

6 Oct

by Annajoy David

I wasn’t expecting that, thank you Ed Miliband! Quite apart from an excellent delivery which is not easy by any means, he told a story and he told it emotionally. I loved that fact that  he recognised the need for One Nation in the age of globalization with all that it has brought.

As we did in the post-45 period, it falls to Labour again to articulate the nation’s identity and deliver its hopes. For me, in this century as we grapple to deal with all the mitigating effects of globalization and the loss of our “middle” economy, One Nation will be the glue that holds us all together and above all sets the gold standard to ensure prosperity and opportunity for all.  

I love the fact that Ed said we are the party of the South as well as the North, that he recognised that any interests that were against the best interests of the country  and  its citizens, be it as consumers, tax payers or users would be challenged by Labour.  

His speech had a gritty no pretence, stripped-bare honesty that we need to see more of in politics  and in our other institutions. I admired his sadness and frustration at the level of youth unemployment and with that, his recognition for the need  of a new 21st Century industrial vision for the whole of our country in all our regions.

On a lighter note, , One Nation  is also part of the title from one of the best jazz funk songs,  The 1978 One Nation Under A Groove by George Clinton’s Parliament – Funkadelic. You can watch it here:   

The Durham Big Meeting

20 Jul

by Kate Osamor

Unite's banner at the Gala

Unite has produced a political strategy which outlines “our” view on how to ensure working class people can take up political positions within the labour party. Recent article/blogs have made claim that the strategy is a move for Unite the union to take over the Labour party. This is untrue and very misleading.

For years trade unions have backed the Labour leadership and supported the appointment of Labour MP’s, Sadly with little recognition. The policy involves Unite fighting for more for trade union-backed MPs, a restoration of democracy and for policies which would commit the Labour Party to improving employment rights and opposing all cuts.

Last week I had the pleasure of going to the Unite Political school, held at Durham University, to work on understanding the political strategy and how best to implement it. For 3 long days we discussed why politics matters, how to win Labour for working people and how best to win working people for Labour

We worked in small break away groups looking at identifying any barriers to success and how to overcome them, as well as pledging group/individual plans on how to apply the strategy in our workplaces and union branches.

The school coincided with The Durham Miners’ Gala, known locally as “The Big Meeting”, which is the annual celebration of the Durham coalfield’s heritage and trade unionism. First held in 1871, with unions marching into the city, the Gala has developed into an elaborate socialist iconography, where ‘working class’ people march together with banners and brass bands. As part of a Unite delegation, we marched through the streets of Durham on to the old racecourse, to hear political speeches from Ed Miliband (the first Labour MP to attend the Gala in over 20 years) and Tom Watson MP amongst other great comrades.

I was part of history and feel very proud to have attended both the political school and the Durham Miners Gala.

 

Kate Osamor is an activist in Unite the Union and the Labour Party

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