You might have missed some coverage of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester given the infinitely more newsworthy game of Chinese Whispers going on. You certainly wouldn’t know it from Scottish Labour’s tweets, who seem strangely reluctant to challenge the UK government on any subject, aside from the the Trade Union Bill (which their only MP apparently failed to actually turn up to debate, only showing up to vote). Twitter is fairly aflame with pictures and discussions of the conference, the massive anti-austerity protest, the frightening security, and the horrific policy announcements. You’d think Scottish Labour would jump right into the fray.
Instead, here’s what Scottish Labour decided to tweet and retweet.
So. An attack on the Tories and SNP on a reserved matter, another link to the same rant against the Tories and SNP on the reserved matter, and a retweet of Jackie Baillie’s snide remark about the underspend. In that same period, here’s what the SNP tweeted:
It’s strange – for a party which constantly refers to the SNP as either allied with (or outright Tartan incarnations of) the Tories, Scottish Labour’s official twitter didn’t seem to find anything comment-worthy going on at the 2015 Tory conference.
Why is that?
Anybody who has employed people knows that younger people, especially in their first jobs, are not as productive, on average.
Now there are some who are very productive under the age of 25 but you have to set policy for the average. It was an active choice not to cover the under 25s.
Officially, children are growing up in poverty if there is an income in that family of less than £16,500. What the Conservatives say is how that £16,500 is earned matters.
It matters if you are earning that yourself, because if you are earning it yourself you are independent and that is the first step towards self-respect. If that £16,500 is either a high proportion or entirely through the benefit system you are trapped. It is about pathways to work, pathways to independence … It is about creating a pathway to independence, self-respect and dignity.
Because when immigration is too high, when the pace of change is too fast, it’s impossible to build a cohesive society. It’s difficult for schools and hospitals and core infrastructure like housing and transport to cope. And we know that for people in low-paid jobs, wages are forced down even further while some people are forced out of work altogether.
We don’t think of people not in work as victims to be sustained on government handouts. No, we want to help them live lives independent of the state. We won’t lift you out of poverty by simply transferring taxpayers’ money to you. With our help, you’ll work your way out of poverty.
For too long, we’ve been so frightened of causing offence that we haven’t looked hard enough at what is going on in our communities.
This is passive tolerance. And I’ll tell you where it leads:
To children, British children, going to Pakistan in the summer holidays, before they’ve even started their GCSEs, and forced to marry a man they’ve never met…
…children, British children, having their genitals mutilated, not just in a clinic in Lagos but the backstreets in Britain.
This passive tolerance has turned us into a less integrated country; it’s put our children in danger. It is unforgiveable.
So let me say it right here: no more passive tolerance in Britain.
No more passive tolerance?
Well, you said it.
You said it.