Yesterday in a last ditch attempt to reverse the direction of the Scottish polls, Labour wheeled out Big Gordy Brown to give one of his tub thumping speeches. He is widely claimed to have been partially responsible for thwarting the tide of the YES campaign through his last minute intervention and the VOW.
So they tried to pull the same trick twice by having him address and invited Labour audience and the media in Glasgow yesterday.
Both him and Fumbilymubily Murphy took center stage with comic transvestite Eddie Izzard in support.
Brown concluded his speech by saying the following :
“If you want to vote for social justice there is no other party, the Conservative Party don’t support social justice do they?”Every vote counts and it has to be a Labour vote. I find it perverse logic for the SNP to say you can have a Labour government without voting for Labour candidates.”
He also claimed “We can achieve more in a few short minutes with Labour ministers and a Labour cabinet than we could ever achieve in five long years under the Conservatives, with all the SNP MPs in opposition.”
and he finished his speech with an impassioned plea to Scots voters to join Labour on “the mountaintop of social justice”.
Well lets examine Labours voting record in Westminster shall we?
Lets see just how Brown, and Murphy stack up with their Socialist credentials.
He has voted moderately for equal gay rights, smoking ban, hunting banand a mixture of for and against same sex marriage. He has never voted on any Law to promote equality and human rights.
Much the same as Brown, only he has voted on some human rights and equality laws.
He voted against applying laws against work related discrimination to mariners.
He voted against requiring public bodies to publish objectives in relation to their duties to promote equality.
He absented himself for a vote on the Enterprise and Regularity reform bill- on discrimination against Caste
He was absent for a vote on Care Bill-Human Rights Act to apply to all providers of social care.
Foreign Policy and Defence
voted for use of UK forces in combat operations overseas.
Voted Very Strongly for the Iraq War.
Voted Against an Investigation into the Iraq War.
Voted for upgrading Trident
Same as Brown.
WELFARE AND BENEFITS
Voted moderately against reducing housing benefit for social tenants (bedroom Tax)
Voted moderately for raising welfare benefits in line with prices.
Voted Strongly for paying higher benefits for those unable to work due to illness or disability.
Has Never voted on making local councils more responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax
Voted moderately against reduction in spending on welfare benefits.
Same as Brown.
TAXATION AND EMPLOYMENT
Voted against raising the threshold at where people start to pay income tax
Voted a mixture of for and against raising VAT
Voted against higher tax for alcoholic drinks
Voted against lower taxes on fuel for motor vehicles
Voted moderately for increasing tax rate for those earning in excess of 150,000
Voted a mixture of for and against raising a Bankers Bonus Tax
Voted moderately for a Mansion Tax
He was absent for opposition day votes on …
Bank Bonus Tax,Jobs,Homes,VAT,Apprenticeships
Jobs and Growth
Bankers Bonuses,Jobs Guarantee,Reducing VAT,
Economic Growth and Employment
Bank Bonuses,Make Investment sooner
Absent for vote on Queens Speech which included, Jobs,Bankers Bonus Tax, VAT CUT,
Absent: House building,Bankers Bonus Tax,
Same as Brown except.. he wasn’t absent most of the time and
Voted very Strongly for automatic enrollment in occupational pension schemes
Voted for Mansion Tax and Bankers Bonus Tax
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY
Voted against reducing the rate of corporation tax
Has Never voted on measures to reduce Tax Avoidance
Voted a mixture of for and against stronger tax incentives for companies to invest.
He was absent for…
March 2013 Budget
Absent for vote on International Tax Transparency for multi nationals
Absent from opposition day vote on Reducing Tax Avoidance
Voted against reducing the rate of corporation tax
Voted Strongly against measures to reduce Tax Avoidance
He voted against intorducing a general anti abuse rule to tackle abusive tax avoidance, voted against raising the basic income tax rate allowance for poorer workers.
Voted moderately for restricting service provision to private patients from the NHS
Voted against GP buy services on behalf of patients from NHS
Voted strongly against Foundation Hospitals
Voted for Smoking ban
Same as Brown
Voted for and against greater autonomy for schools
Voted strongly against raising Englands Undergraduation fee to 9000 per year
Voted a mix of for and against academy schools
Voted a mix of for and against university tuition fees
Murphy: Same as Brown mostly, except Murphy voted For university tuition fees
Voted a mixture of for and against stricter asylum system
Voted for ministers to intervene in Inquests
Voted Strongly for Introducing ID Cards
He has never voted on requiring the mass retention of information about communications
Voted very strongly for a stricter asylum system
Voted very strongly for ministers to intervene in Inquests
Voted very strongly for introducing ID Cards
all of their full voting records can be found on theyworkforyou.com
So now lets have a look at Gordon Browns claims on Labour being the party of social justice
Their records tell a slightly different story..not least that Brown absented himslf for vast chunks of the last parliament and abrogated his responsibilities as an MP to his constituents..
Brown never voted once on laws to promote equality and human rights.
He voted strongly to pull us into an illegal Iraq war and voted just as hard against any investigation into it.
He voted for the replacement of Trident
He voted against raising the threshold at which people start to pay income tax, so in effect is not for supporting the poorest of workers.
He voted against lowering tax on fuel for motor vehicles, making us all pay more for getting around and driving the cost of food and goods and transport up…The poor are the ones who suffer more from this.
He has never voted on measures to reduce tax avoidance….Why not?
He voted strongly for introducing ID Cards…. aspects of a police authoritarian state here. Certainly not socialist and against civil liberties.
Murphy like Brown voted for the Iraq War and voted strongly against any investigation into it.
Murphy too also supports replacing Trident with a new nuclear deterrent.
Like Brown he is also against lowering fuel tax.
He too has voted strongly against measures to reduce Tax Avoidance….I wonder why Jim?
Unlike Brown, Murphy voted very strongly for foundation hospitals…best check his outside Interests methinks.
Murphy like Brown voted to increase university tuition fees… lots of room for youngsters to aspire to better themselves chaps? Then be shackled with huge debts when they leave university.
Something tells me that Labour are not being strictly truthful about their Social Justice and Socialist credentials….What say you?
Do you really trust Labour to represent your Interests when you vote tomorrow?