Labour members attack party’s “Daily Mail view of the world”

by Stephen Tall on January 7, 2011

Another day, another nail in the coffin of liberalism in the Labour Party. Sadiq Khan, the party’s shadow justice secretary, today amped-up the debate on votes for prisoners by condemnIng the Coalition’s proposals as — POPULIST CLICHE ALERT — “a slap in the face for victims of crime”.

But his pandering to the forces of authoritarian conservatism hasn’t gone down well with all Labour members. Over at LabourList, Kevin Peel has an excellent post criticising Mr Khan’s outburst, pointing out that no matter what you think of the decision the UK was under a legal obligation following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights: “Such pointless posturing does no-one any good,” observes Mr Peel.

The whole article is well worth a read, but here’s the conclusion:

We seem to be moving ever closer to a Daily Mail view of the world, in which all criminals should be locked up for life, or worse. This attitude does more harm than good and though it might make us feel better in the short term, and feel that ‘justice’ has been done, it will only make the situation worse in the long term.

To think this is a party whose Home Secretary was once Roy Jenkins.

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by Stephen Tall on January 7, 2011 at 8:05 am. Reply #

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by Bridget Fox on January 7, 2011 at 8:13 am. Reply #

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by Ian on January 7, 2011 at 8:17 am. Reply #

Not really “another nail in the coffin of liberalism” – I think it’s encouraging that Labour can have this kind of debate in public. There’s a tendency with pretty well anyone connected with law & order to get all authoritarian & illiberal: check out the Conservative/LibDem coalition’s latest legislation on drug policy, for example. The difference here is that where the Tories would be all “Hear, hear!” or keeping schtum, we on the more socially liberal side of the Labour party speak up & let it be known that this does not represent us, or in our opinions the prevailing mood within the party. Sadiq Khan’s a good MP & a great speaker, but he needs to rethink on this one issue.

by Matt Moran on January 7, 2011 at 8:23 am. Reply #

Frankly Labour have been like this since Blair decided to decide policy based on focus groups, meetings with media barons, and Red Top headlines. The rot set in more than a decade ago and I can’t see Miliband cleaning it out.

by Steve Cooke on January 7, 2011 at 8:40 am. Reply #

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by SteveCooke on January 7, 2011 at 8:41 am. Reply #

One other thing I noticed yesterday was that Philip Davies, MP (Con) for Shipley, was tweeting pretty much the same views, entirely unopposed as far as I could see. Case of pot & kettle, other than that nobody attacked him for illiberalism.

by Matt Moran on January 7, 2011 at 9:34 am. Reply #

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