Letters: Iain Christie, May 22, 2015

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Labour appear to be buying the need to change in too hasty a manner.

I feel that their defeat resulted from factors other than the easy perception that the nation voted for the Conservative Party, or their policies. The “victory”, after any serious analysis must be attributed to the barrage of insulting negativity that the Conservative Party threw, particularly at Labour and the SNP, and their personnel.

Rather than change policy direction, all opposition parties would do well to reflect on the war of words that the right-wing party are winning. That war of words has succeeded in no small part to the modern Conservative tactic of re-defining words themselves, and/or re-aligning phrases and policy descriptions.

For example, stopping benefit for people who cannot find suitable and remunerative employment has been re-defined as “helping into work” in place of “forcing”. “De-regulation” of the banks and financial services has become, in Tory terms, a derisory policy, which is an annoyingly comic re-alignment from a party who voted for the policy en masse, and is the term that is the actual raison d’etre of the Conservative party! They are now “the true party of the working people”... a re-alignment that needs no sarcasm from me. There are too many examples of these astonishingly under-challenged apparent answers to a new form of cryptic crossword, but perhaps two of the most breath-taking are to be found in the sudden fad of “aspiration”, and the accusation that Labour failed to address it, when in fact their whole approach to work, pay, dignity, was a firm and determined support for those who “aspire” to feed, clothe, and house themselves and their families in the face of the continued onslaught of unjust austerity, whilst countenancing the obscene increase in wealth disparity in this country between themselves and those who caused our financial disaster.

Iain Christie

Silver Drive, Dersingham