Luciana Berger is being reminded of her past insincerities and current hypocrisy by her Liverpool Wavertree constituents following her controversial and undemocratic move to join the neolib dems.
She was elected as a Labour Co-op MP. Despite saying she had no intention of joining the Neoliberal Democrats back in June, and strongly denying the media reports of her intentions, Berger has joined the party.
Her dizzying inconsistency is very worrying.
On 21 March, 2015, she said:
“You can’t trust the Lib Dems, no matter what they say.”
And: “Lib Dem attempts to differentiate themselves from the Tories aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. Even the Lib Dem’s man in the Treasury Danny Alexander admits the Tories’ record is their own.
“The Lib Dems broke their central election promises and cannot be trusted. Rather than delivering fair taxes they hiked VAT, and rather than abolishing tuition fees they trebled them. The Lib Dems have been part of a government which imposed the bedroom tax while cutting taxes for millionaires.
The election remains a choice between a Tory plan which is failing working families and Labour’s better plan which will put working families first and save our NHS.”
Just 6.5% of Wavertree constituents voted for the Liberal Democrats. Around 12% voted Conservative. Almost 80% voted Labour. The vast majority voted for a Labour MP and Labour policies.
Furthermore, there is already a neolib dem candidate for Wavertree – Richard Kemp.
Yet Berger has the cheek to call the Tories “undemocratic”. They are.
But so are the Neolib Dems. And so is Berger. She was elected as a Labour MP. Now she’s not. But she believes she’s entitled to remain the MP for Wavertree, elected on a manifesto she no longer endorses and supports. A mere 6.5% of her constituents would possibly support her policy approach now. Whatever that is, Berger seems to bend like a blade of grass in the wind.
She seems to have conveniently forgotten her previous blogs and social media posts. She has also seemingly forgotten that the Neolib Dems propped up the Tory austerity programme, endorsed the referendum (agreed in the Coalition’s document of governance), tripled university fees, endorsed the health and social care bill, endorsed the welfare ‘reforms’ and violated the human rights of ill and disabled people, among the many draconian measures drawn up in the coalition.
I remember when people commonly called Tony Blair’s New Labour “two cheeks of the same Tory a*se”
The remnants of that ideological school demonstrate the basic truth of that so well.
Neoliberalism has failed the majority of people. It’s hurt those citizens who have the very least and hugely profited those who already had the most. Austerity is a central plank of neoliberal economic policy, along with privatisation of public services. It is clear that policies that are prompted by neoliberal ideology are incompatible with democracy and human rights. General Pinochet demonstrated that only too well.
The public would not choose neoliberal policies if those wealthy and powerful groups promoting and imposing them were frank about what they entail.
Administering neoliberal policies requires an authoritarian government.
Berger has demonstrated that she already knows this.
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