That Speech

I am no lover of Neil Kinnock, in many ways he was the last left of centre leader of the labour Party but he gave up his principles when he jumped on the EU gravy train with his family. He became what he professed to hate. But he did give a speech in June 1983 and it is one of the best political speeches of our time so I have re-written it for 2013:

‘ If David Cameron, Nick Clegg or Ed Miliband are re-elected or elected as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom I warn you.

I warn you that you will have pain – when healing and relief depend on a health service that has been privatised and depends on payment.

I warn you that you will have ignorance – when talents are wasted – when learning becomes a privilege and not a right – when the costs of going to University finally become the sole domain of the wealthy again and the poor are left to rot.

I warn you that you will have poverty – when pensions are whittled away to nothing and benefits become a thing of the past, when wages are whittled down to nothing in an economy built to serve London.

I warn you that you will be cold – when fuel charges continue to rise to line the pockets of the wealthy at the expense of the old and the vulnerable.

I warn you that you must not expect to work in a real job – when many cannot spend – jobs will not be created – but you will be sent to tesco as free labour to earn your food vouchers.

I warn you not to go out at night in the dark or protest in the light because your right to protest will be removed and your voice will be switched off.

I warn you that their defence will be the loss of your civil liberties – that they will use fear and poverty to make you obedient to serve them or to hide in your hole unseen and unheard.

I warn you that you will stay at home when you can no longer afford to travel even a short distance or get to the things you enjoy to do – you will be house or street bound.

I warn you that you will have to borrow more – use easy credit – just to pay your bills or to get on the ladder if they allow you.

I warn you not to be ordinary

I warn you not to be young

I warn you not to fall ill

I warn you not to get old

I warn you to not be working class or poor

I warn you not to vote NO in 2014 because if you do in 2015 all of the above will happen to you and everyone in Scotland – VOTE YES IN 2014.

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3 comments

  1. Tris

    I agree with that speech, but I detest the way that Kinnock took all that was going for him. Lord Kinnock and lady Kinnock, two aristocrats in a house of aristocrats, make me want to vomit. Socialism… Pfffffff!

  2. Anonymous

    Tris

    Kinnock was just a huge disappointment overall. He was the beginning of the end of the Labour movement but the speech was a good one. Just a shame that he didn’t live up to any of it and gave up all he believed for his bank balance, he abandoned the poor and opened the door to the greed of new Labour and the rise of people like Blair and brown.

    Bruce

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