MY THOUGHTS ON LABOUR PARTY LEADERSHIP CONTEST

I have written this blog on the Labour Party leadership contest after being asked for my view by several people on the leadership contest. Voting will take place for the new Labour leader between 14/8/15 and September 2015.The new leader being announced on the 12/9/15.

Now as for my own relation to the Labour Party I was a member of the party from 1973 to 1994. I was on the hard left of the party. I left the party when it moved towards accepting neo liberalism and dropping its support for socialism. My personal view since 1994 has been that working in the Labour Party is a waste of time as most members of parliament elected as left wingers will generally swing towards the right. History has proved that this usually happens. Also I feel that we need to try and build a new mass based socialist political party in this country, though I concede that this will be difficult.

However getting back to the subject of the Labour Party leadership campaign I must confess that it leaves me cold. I just cannot summons up much interest in the campaign.There are of course four candidates. Liz Kendall is the candidate of the Blairite right wing. Her performance on the BBC Newsnight debate was lucklustre to say the least.

The two centrist candidates are Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper. One of these two candidates will almost certainly be the winner. Cooper interestingly worked for the Clintons in the USA. Her husband Ed Balls was involved in the British American Project. Also he has attended the recent Bilderberg conferences including the last one in Vienna. So she is clearly an atlanticist.

Jeremy Corbyn is the left wing candidate. Now I must confess that I have not taken part in the left wing rejoicing by the fact that he is on the leadership ballot. He supports Britains membership of the European Union also there is as as far I can see no mention of public ownership in his leadership campaign. This just shows how far the left wing of the Labour party have moved towards the right from when I was a member.

So in conclusion whoever is elected the new Labour Party leader will I feel have no real solutions to Britains economic crisis. The real task in the years ahead will be to build a new mass based socialist political movement in this country and the rest of the world.

THE QUEST FOR KNOWLEDGE

Now this is a subject that means a great deal to me. As I was more or less told that I was not particularly intelligent at school. However after leaving school I managed to achieve two A levels, four O levels and a university degree. I suspect that this is the personal history of many working class people they learn that they really are something after leaving school after having it put drummed in their head at school thay they are a nothing.

So in short we ordinary people have a quest for knowledge. Now this is not just about achieving educational results.But it is also about personal development and achieving political consciousness by overcoming the lies told in the corporate media and finding out what is really going on in the world.

Basically we are all on our own individual journey in the quest for knowledge but for any people reading this blog I will give my own tips and advice.

Firstly meditate it helps increase your consciousness and gives you new insights about yourself.

Secondly give up drinking alcohol and smoking.

Thirdly stop watching or having an interest in commercial sport it is a diversion to depoliticize people.

Fourthly stop listening to or reading the corporate media. Instead obtain your news and information from the alternative internet media.

Fifthly read both novels and non fiction as much as you can.

In conlusion we are all eternal consciousness. So good luck to all of us in our quest for knowledge.