Head out of the sand

Coun Peter Price
Coun Peter Price
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In response to the Councillor Peter Price letter (Star, September 30) “David, what’s happened?

The answer is that David Blunkett has taken his head out of the political sand, and voiced an opinion held by many members and supporters of the Labour Party, something which Peter, who is clearly pro – Jeremy Corbyn is reluctant to acknowledge.

He lectures in a patronising manner a respected political figure who has reached high office both in Labour Government and Sheffield City Council, and tells him that he should not run to the press, but keep the debate within the Party.

Ignoring his own words, he promptly writes to the Star to launch a vitriolic attack on a colleague who has reached a far higher echelon of status, knowledge and respect within the political arena.

The general public are not supporting Jeremy at the moment because of David going to the press, but because they do not agree with many of his policies and utterances expressed as Labour leader.

To quote just two examples of many. The Labour Party membership voted to support the renewal of the Trident defence system, this was also carried by a huge majority at an all-party vote in Parliament.

Instead of accepting the majority vote both of his members and Parliamentary colleagues, Jeremy Corbyn continues to advocate scrapping the system – his latest pronouncement being that our submarines should go on patrol without any missiles on board.

Mr Putin must be rubbing his hands with glee.

The second and most important issue, is that of uncontrolled borders and migration to the UK. Parties of all persuasion, apart from UKIP, have handled this subject like a hot potato.

The Labour leader and membership majority advocate more immigration into the UK. They either cannot or do not wish to acknowledge the consequences of this to the current population and infrastructure of the UK.

NHS overload, housing shortages, lack of education facilities, rising unemployment, lower standard of living, civil unrest, to name but a few.

Peter states that he knew that when Ed Miliband became leader we were unelectable, yet he tells us that he did not denounce him, gave his support and did his best.

He would have done a far better service to the Labour Party and grassroots supporters if he had had the courage of his convictions and spoken up about the then leader – something he is now berating David Blunkett for doing by going public about Jeremy Corbyn.

He has repeatedly stated in the Star his pleasure that the membership of the Labour Party, thanks to Jeremy, has risen to more than 600,000 and is still rising.

What he seems unable to accept is that a lot of new members joined specifically to vote at the leadership election, encouraged by Ed Miliband’s £3 membership offer.

Are all these members true supporters of Labour ideals, as are the grassroots voters who have supported the party through thick and thin – until the current leader was elected to office?

Many people share David Blunkett’s view of a splinter group in the membership.

Remember Peter, 600,000 plus members against 9.3 million grassroots voters at the last election.

I agree that the priority is for the leader to succeed in uniting the Party membership, MPs and grassroots supporters.

Whoever that leader is Labour will not be electable again until they complete this seemingly impossible task, and convince the 9.3 million current, and potentially more supporters that they have agreed policies which attract them, a united party and ideally a charismatic peader.

In your final statement, Peter, you have quoted John Prescott’s opinion as to who is the catastrophe.

He served as Deputy Prime Minister to Tony Blair – deputy dogsbody may be a better description of him.

His only claim to public fame is punching a heckler and having two Jaguar cars. David Blunkett served several senior positions in Government. When he spoke members listened with respect.

If there is a catastrophe at the moment it is the Labour Party membership and MPs being at loggerheads, a leader who does not command full support among the electorate, and people like you who bury their heads in the political sand and do not wish to or are incapable of working to unite the party by failing to see any fault in Corbyn and the party membership and policies.

Cyril Olsen

Busk Meadow, Sheffield, S5