Let me just emphasise to Ed, in case he hasn't quite got it, some of the things I would rather do than join Labour:
- spend a day looking after the snakes at Edinburgh Zoo (can't abide things that slither on the ground on their bellies);
- clean out the rabbit hutch in the middle of a hailstorm;
- take up speed skating (you know how phobic I am about snow and ice);
- snog George Osborne (you know how phobic I am about Tories);
- take a trip on the Pepsi Max Big One or any other Rollercoaster (not good with heights either);
I'm sure you get my drift by now. Ed, not even if the Labour Party was the last Party there at the end of the night, we'd both consumed more lager than was good for us, and we both had a paper bag on our heads, would I ever even consider joining your illiberal, authoritarian, union controlled organisation in which I as an ordinary member would have no influence over anything. And here's just a few of the reasons why, in no particular order:
- Iraq, illegal war, enough said;
- Implicating this country in complicity with torture;
- Making it more difficult for the poorest to afford housing with unfair changes to housing benefit;
- Letting down the poorest by increasing the gap between rich and poor;
- Failing to fix the roof when the sun was shining - meaning we all suffer as a result of their economic incompetence;
- Failing to regulate the banks, either before or after the crash;
- Wasting a fortune on illiberal ID cards;
- Failing to protect working families with low incomes;
- Their dissembling over the cuts in spending they would have made if they had won the election;
- The appalling mess they made of the Tax Credit system, and their treatment of thousands of poor families, forced to repay thousands they couldn't afford;
- Imposing control orders on people without telling them even what they were being accused of;
- Centralising public services to the detriment of people using them;
- Taking kids' DNA without parents' permission;
- Storing the DNA of innocent people;
- Running an inhumane and often brutal immigration system.
The thing is they haven't changed. Just last week, we had Labour MP Kerry McCarthy say she'd happily stand by and let every man in her constituency give a DNA sample in the hope of catching a murderer. This mob are quite happy to play fast and loose with the basic tenets of our justice system, such as being innocent until proven guilty. Many of them, including my own MP, oppose a voting system which would require MPs to work harder and to properly engage with their constituents.
There are actions taken by the Coalition Government that I don't and will never support, on housing benefit, DLA, for example, and some of the NHS reforms sound pretty scary, making me very glad indeed I live in Scotland, on the ridiculous immigration cap and many other things. However, no matter how upset I get, I'm sticking with the party where my heart lies. There's no way I could possibly join the Labour party which views people as a collective, amorphous blob who'll take what they're given by a Government who knows best.