How is Alan Johnson a New Generation!?

Posted 8 Oct 2010 by Walaa Idris

The thing with politics is sometimes it lives in a parallel world to the rest of humanity, a universe occupied by people who have little or no memory and are happy with the slogans but have little interest with their details.

A week or so ago when the newly elected leader of the opposition Ed the Red Miliband addressed his conference you would be forgiven to think that the Labour Party has embarked on yet another new dawn. With all the ‘New Generation’ this and the ‘New Generation’ that – most the British public was expecting a new start, a fresh start and a break from the past.

A week or so later and despite all the equality rhetoric, and the positive discrimination nonsense, not to mention all the figure pointing at the other parties “for not being bold and doing enough to be more inclusive of all groups”. But when it came to the crunch they go and appoint the man who said on national TV that he was too old to stand for the Labour Party leadership, the man who said he is stepping aside so that the younger crop are able to move in and to take the reign!

Now, before any one accuses me of ageism, this is not about age, gender or race, nor do I agree or condone any type of discrimination or social engineering, positive or otherwise – my motto is and has always been if you don’t like the way things are then educate people and show them how things ought to be – quick fixes, are just that a quick fix that sooner more than later will back fire.

Add to that I am in no doubt that Alan Johnson, will muddle through his brief and pretends some how its attainable – after all he did fully back Alistair Darling, the former chancellor’s economic plans – and believe it or not that too is not my issue here either – and I have no problem whatsoever with ambition on the contrary I applaud it!

However, my issue is with the two faced Labour party who will say anything for headlines but when it comes to delivering they always fall short and do the opposite of what they promised – same old Labour, same old grand yet empty promises, same old we know best but when it comes down to it they buckle!

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