A bizarre debate

IMG_2721This afternoon, 100 or so delegates from the Labour Party conference, safe behind their protective steel barricades are debating a vital issue – “when did the war on poverty become a war on the poor”. The debate is taking place in the Grand Hotel, not noted for its evident understanding of poverty, although some of the staff are paid wages that ensure that they are very familiar with the concept. One of the various celebrity speakers is comedian Mark Steel who was famously denied the opportunity to vote in the recent leadership election for reasons that have still not been made public but clearly confused him. Yet despite this rejection of his right to help select the Labour Leader and Deputy he is still credible enough for delegates to listen to on a Sunny Sunday Afternoon in Brighton, literally a stones throw from our pebbly beach. Although the title of the debate is no doubt well considered, the real question is who will stop the war, when will it end and what will the peace look and feel like. It is after all only a matter of Parliamentary days since the Labour frontbench chose not to oppose the latest welfare reforms of the Conservative Government that were the equivalent of a massive air strike in the war being debated. The Daily Mirror are sponsoring the debate and have shown various photos on their website, including the one above. Its strangely ironic to watch people enjoying gateaux in one of the most expensive hotels in Brighton while waiting for a debate on the needs of the poor, but perhaps the people who run the website have failed to understand their task?


About ianchisnall

I have a passion to see public policy made accessible everyone who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as in policies on health services and strategic planning.
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