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11-05-2014, 15:35
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Following on from my piece about Labour’s disgusting proposals for lifestyle bullying (http://pubcurmudgeon.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/who-will-stand-up-to-lifestyle-bullies.html), I have to mention this brilliant article by Brendan O’Neill: Labour has an Orwellian mission to control what the working classes put in their stomachs (http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/brendanoneill2/100270081/labour-has-an-orwellian-mission-to-control-what-the-working-classes-put-in-their-stomachs-so-much-for-socialism/). Brendan stands alongside Rob Lyons and Chris Snowdon as one of our most high-profile defenders of lifestyle freedom.
This paragraph is especially telling:
Labourite parties emerged a hundred-odd years ago to represent the interests and ideas of working people. These parties were built on a conviction that "ordinary people" were also political players, were sussed, intelligent, autonomous beings whose worldview and needs deserved a political outlet. Now, in an eye-swivelling turnaround, Labour views the little people, not as political creatures worthy of representation, but as corruptible creatures in need of protection – from adverts, from alcohol, from chips, from chocolate. Labour originated from the working class and regarded them as people of worth and integrity whose voice was marginalised by a class-based society. Now, though, it seems to view them with utter contempt as people who can’t be trusted to make sensible decisions as to how they run their lives. You can also see this attitude, for example, in their pensions policy. It’s not about empowering the working class, it’s about controlling them. If you respect the working class, you respect their choices.
It’s also worth mentioning this opinion piece by UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall which appeared in the Midweek Sport, of all places: Labour reckons you are too thick to make choices (https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs109/1108299508071/img/253.jpg).
There’s currently a poll in the sidebar asking which party you will vote for in the forthcoming Euro elections. The interim results (http://poll.pollcode.com/25418815_result?v) are very telling. If you have any concern for the future prospects of pubs, or for people’s right to consume alcohol, you will have to swallow a very large and bitter pill to cast your vote for the Labour Party. I don’t think many of you will be in any doubt about where my vote will be going.

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