Two news stories this week brilliantly capture the schizophrenia of the modern British Labour Party. Through the 50p tax story, featuring a gruff shadow chancellor Ed Balls promising to bring back the 50p tax rate on the highest earners, Labour is posing as a party of the people, a party which speaks for the often hard-up man in the street against the cossetted comfortably-off. But then there’s the story about Labour being desperately keen to ban smoking in cars in which children are travelling, which reveals that far from being on-side with The People, it is contemptuous of us, distrusting our ability to bring up children without poisoning and killing them. It’s this second story which reveals the true heart of Labour today, as a party whose one-time interest in the concerns of the labouring man has long since been eclipsed by a feeling of fear and disgust for that man, and an urge to nanny, nudge and cajole him into living a healthier, blander, more restricted life.
Honk if you’ve had enough of anti-smoker zealotry
Labour poses as a party of the people – its war on smoking parents tells a different story.
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