Our values do not inform our opposition….
Vince Cable’s position within the government seems to be in considerable doubt as I am writing this. It comes following revelations that he told the two bogus constituents who were really Daily Telegraph reporters that he has ‘declared war on Rupert Murdoch’. Cable is right in this instance. It’s high time government had the courage to stand up to Murdoch and his empire. It treats the democratic wishes of the country as its plaything; to be manipulated at will in its own self-interest.
So, what did Labour say in response? It called for Cable to be moved from his post and involvement from the B Sky B takeover rather than stand up for its values it stood up for Murdoch. This has been symptomatic of our approach throughout the tenure of this leadership and it has failed in its central pledge to return values to the defining position within Labour.
Our values are against the monopoly of media by one interest. They are democratic values and those values would demand exactly what Cable is saying he will do (but arguably isn’t doing that well); going to war with Rupert Murdoch to break his monopoly. Anti-monopolistic legislation aimed at breaking the Murdoch empire apart should be the priority of a Labour government. However, it obviously is not the priority of this leadership that is so scared of the media it actually puts the spin of the Blair days to shame. No wonder, in his remarks, John Denham cant bring himself to endorse the sentiment of Cable’s remarks which is correct. Instead he acts as the pawn of News Corp by calling for Cable’s removal.
Who owns this Party? Do we, the membership own it or is it controlled by a group subservient to the anti-democratic interests of large corporations and rich individuals? This is a question we should all be asking ourselves tonight and to me the true answers are more than a little disturbing.