Nov 03 2013

Harrow ILG Publish Manifesto for 2014

ilg_roseHarrow’s ILG have published their draft manifesto for the 2014 elections.

It says:

Harrow Independent labour Group is a democratic socialist Group and believes that by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone, so as to create for each of us the means to realise our true potential and for all of us a community in which power, wealth and opportunity are in the hands of the many not the few; where the rights we enjoy reflect the duties we owe and where we live together freely, in a spirit of solidarity, tolerance and respect.

To these ends we work for:

  • A DYNAMIC ECONOMY, serving the public interest, in which the enterprise of the market and the rigour of competition are joined with the forces of partnership and co-operation to produce the wealth the nation needs and the opportunity for all to work and prosper with a thriving private sector and high-quality public services where those undertakings essential to the common good are either owned by the public or accountable to them.
  • A JUST SOCIETY, which judges its strength by the condition of the weak as much as the strong, provides security against fear, and justice at work; which nurtures families, promotes equality of opportunity, and delivers people from the tyranny of poverty, prejudice and the abuse of power.
  • AN OPEN DEMOCRACY, in which government is held to account by the people, decisions are taken as far as practicable by the communities they affect and where fundamental human rights are guaranteed.
  • A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT, which we protect, enhance and hold in trust for future generations.

You can download a copy here.




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  1. Harrow Cynic

    Amazing. Cosmic. The ILG shows complete inability to even write their own mission statement without copying the OFFICIAL Labour Party statement of aims, reproduced on every Labour Party membership card, which reads:

    “THE LABOUR PARTY is a democratic socialist party. It believes that by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone, so as to create for each of us the means to realise our true potential and for all of us as a community in which power, wealth and opportunity are in the hands of the many not the few, where the rights we enjoy reflect the duties we owe, and where we live together, freely, in a spitit of solidarity, tolerance and respect.”

    Spot the difference.

  2. King David

    Harrow Cynic – Let’s try some hints:

    Majority of the founder members of Independent Labour were Labour Part members for more years than the current Harrow Labour Leader has seen in his entire lifetime.

    They claim to believe in Labour movement principles, not necessarily what Harrow Labour is doing by flouting their own Party rule book and betrayed their own ethos according to them.

    On this basis, they still consider themselves Labour but can not bear to vote for current local Labour Leader as they believe the faced discrimination hence they put their political future on line to stand up for what they believe to be true and principled stand. You may disagree but that is what they believe and have said so on so many forums. They might lose some of the elections or they might not but they had the guts to back up with their actions in spite of knowing fully well that their future political career may be at risk.

    The Harrow Labour Party needs to wake up and reflect on their attitude and see if some of them who control power in that Group are putting their egos before the Party and residents they claim to represent.

    You will know fully well, reading the papers and this website, what the Labour Party reaction has been so far:

    Campaign by a few in local Labour hierarchy who hold the power to brief against Independent Labour.

    Campaign against their own Party activists’ motion to scupper motion to mediate by labour national figure at Harrow West.

    Complete denial of the problem – No reflection. No sense of responsibility. Arrogance that they will wipe the floor with Independent Labour in 2014. Even so, problem will not go away unless you realise the issues and address them.

    Incompetence, half truths or wilful wrong briefing? by saying that an independent investigation was carried out in the discrimination and lack of following rules on national television on Sunday Politics – BBC!

    Perhaps, going by the events, people can spot the difference on what the Harrow Labour Party claim to represent on paper and what they actually do in practice.

  3. Harrow Cynic

    The point I was making, King David, was that the ILG do not appear to have an original approach to politics: they glibly copy the Labour Party’s aims. Perhaps imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery.

    So far the ILG’s main contribution to politics has been to start the process (in May 2013) which has led to Harrow becoming the laughing stock of local government. In the 1980s Brent was Britain’s ‘barmiest borough’. We all know who holds that crown now.

    It is almost beyond belief that the ILG tried to outdo Machiavelli through their murky back room deals with the Conservatives, hoping to hold on to power and ‘mop up’ all the Special Responsibility Allowances. Well they did for four chaotic months before being stabbed in the front by the Conservative leadership. Even then, within minutes of that blow being struck, the ILG voted in their assassins. You couldn’t make it up.

    The ILG claim in their press release to be democratic socialists.

    If they were democrats, they would have acknowledged the right of the Labour Group to choose its Leader at the AGM, as happens every year, and would have accepted the result of a democratic ballot.

    If they were Socialists, there is no way they would, almost entirely en bloc, have voted for a Conservative leader of Harrow Council.

  4. Cllr Krishna James

    It was not just AGM 1 and the leadership challenge, this could have been tolerable, but at AGM 2 there were 8 contenders for 4 special responsibility portfolios. 4 were white 4 were BAME candidates. Not a single portfolio went to any of the BAME’s . What do we make of this that the 4 BAME who happen to be highly skilled people, all graduates, all with professions behind them and with 100 plus years of activism, not one of them was considered fit to hold positions of decision making by the Labour Group. Democracy! please don’t make me laugh
    As repeated time and again this decision has not been taken lightly. It is easy for Harrow Cynic to call us chaotic. Just remember not a single one of us had been a portfolio holder before still we did our areas proud and put the interest of the people at the forefront as we still do. Yes we have sacrificed our chances but the politics without principal is not something we wished to be a part of. 16th of September proved that when both Labour and Tories colluded to set aside 18 clauses of our constitution.It was well rehearsed as anyone who was in the chambers would have noted.
    Any Harrow residents with a sense of justice will be wondering about the Equality practices within both the major political parties and within the Council. As community leaders and elected public office holders I am sure Harrow people would expect us to hold the Council and the Parties to Account.

  5. Praxis Reform

    Surely the fact that the ILG has adopted clause IV gives us more information about the political ideology of the group (something that was severely lacking before).

    Unfortunately, it tells us that they’re Blairite supporters of Fabianism, which I find disappointing, along with the lack of new ideas in the manifesto (though I do appreciate that it’s only a draft manifesto, and I’ve seen nothing from the other parties).

    I can only say I thought the original Labour administration were a shower, and I was hoping that the ILG might have fresh ideas, therefore it seemed quite unfair when the Conservatives asserted control after just four months.

    Thus, I’d have thought the publication of the ILG manifesto would outline their vision of Harrow, and what could have been if the Conservatives hadn’t pulled the plug on them.

  6. King David

    At last some objectivity of sort from good ol’ Praxis Reform.

    Interesting point about clause IV you raise which has been adopted however it will be good to see the final manifesto once their consultation with the community is over. Being a local observer of politics in Harrow, I will be surprised if they call themselves Blairites. But there is a whole different debate about ‘third way’ and future of left.

    AS you say they are the only party that seem to be consulting the community even if it means taking difficult decisions.

    With a few exceptions, Independent labour has put in Harrow residents First despite them being called walk over or not sure, incompetent and what not. Whether it is stupid Labour Party decision about removing dog bins or not locking parks and cemeteries to name but two. They demonstrated local people can influence policy and there are still politicians who have the capacity to listen to ordinary residents above political lines.

    I believe it may be old fashioned now but it takes real political guts to say you have got it wrong or make U-turn and accept you can improve or put residents before party or political career. For that innate sense of ordinary British People will always support that against a powerful machinery.

  7. Dame Betty

    With respect, it was Labour’s conduct which led to 9 Councillors leaving the Group. Labour councillors voted with the Conservatives to suspend 70% of the Constitution. Whilst the Council is taking steps to investigate Institutional Racism, Labour is not addressing the issue.

    Perhaps the writer does not have the full picture.

    The full picture is as follows:

    Harrow Labour has not dealt with concerns regarding Institutional Racism which led to the split

    Harrow Labour, in partnership with the Conservatives undermined the Constitution by suspending over 17 clauses.

    A Democratic ballot in November was challenged with 3 recounts because Labour Councillors could not accept the result.

    The Independent Labour Group,ILG is a democratic and socialist party that believes in holding politicians to account.

    Independent Labour has a draft Manifesto declaring commitment to democratic, socialist values. Interested persons could shape the Manifesto.

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