The Independent Group


Seven MPs have decided to leave the Labour Party and invent a new political party called The Independent Group (TIG).

The vacuity of TIG’s statements of intent was unsurprising but its real intent was hidden within the vacant soundbites. 

For example, on its home page TIG proclaimed that to change our broken politics, we need a different culture.  The Independent Group aims to reach across outdated divides and tackle Britain’s problems together.  The Conservatives are captured by their right-wing, Labour by their hard left.” 

The con artists of the centre noticed that Labour’s leftward tendency created a genuine challenge to the ideology of exploitation of the many by the few.  The increasing popularity of socialist aims and objectives defined a clear division in politics.  For the public, voting is no longer a choice between similar variants of the same theme; there is genuine choice.  TIG is horrified by this choice.  Its members are fearful of the potential for a socialist government.  Thus, they described this choice negatively as “outdated divides” and “broken politics.”

TIG is vehemently opposed to any challenge to the extreme free marketism imposed on British people by the Tories.  The Tories are destroying society; they are handing all vital public services to thieves who accept the free (tax payers’) money and the services decline rapidly and their costs rise exponentially.  The NHS is being dismantled, there is a chronic shortage of affordable homes and the Tories’ Social Murder policy claims new victims every day, with emphasis on people with disabilities or with chronic or terminal illnesses.

Labour is challenging the Tories’ annihilation of society and that is what the centrists fear.  They fear that Jeremy Corbyn and his colleagues will succeed.  

TIG has been created with a single purpose: Its intent is to hamper the success of Labour’s challenge to the filth of Tory ideology.

The launch of TIG contained no policy nor any clear ideology.  Published statements were hollow and meaningless.  TIG’s statement of independence was very flat.

We have founded the Independent Group to be true to our values – values which have been forgotten by the main political parties.  Our country faces big challenges which urgently need solving.  Our aim is to reach across outdated divides and build consensus to meet those challenges.  We will make decisions based on evidence – and arrive at them by debating with tolerance and respect.  Every member of our group has the right to be heard and the duty to lead.  Forming the Independent Group hasn’t been an easy decision – but it is time to recognise that our politics is broken and needs fundamental change. We are excited to be on this journey with you and with each other.”

By “build consensus”  TIG meant it does not want the hegemony of exploitation politics to be challenged.  “Debating with tolerance and respect” meant not challenging or exposing the intent of the Tories and for whom they really work.

Every member of our group has the right to be heard and the duty to lead?”  No, they do not.  They have no right to anything.  They are stealing parliamentary seats from constituents who voted for Labour led by Jeremy Corbyn and they are stealing parliamentary salaries.

Mission statement
TIG’s mission statement was an ugly concoction of PR drivel, lies, self aggrandisement and flaccid pomposity.

We are leaving the Labour Party to sit as the Independent Group of Members of Parliament.” 
TIG has failed to call by-elections and is comfortable stealing parliamentary seats from its members’ constituents.  Its members are too cowardly to be challenged in an election.

Our primary duty as Members of Parliament is to put the best interests of our constituents and our country first.” 
The above was a blatant lie because TIG has not called by-elections.  Its members’ constituents voted for Labour MPs.

Our aim is to pursue policies that are evidence-based, not led by ideology, taking a long-term perspective to the challenges of the 21st century in the national interest, rather than locked in the old politics of the 20th century in the party’s interests.” 
The “evidence” in politics is, and always has been, that the extremism of conservative ideology feeds a tiny elite and everyone else is exploited.  The TIG’s opposition to “ideology” is an opposition to one particular ideology: Socialism.

TIG’s declaration of its “values” took political pomposity to its extreme alongside deliberate vagueness.  

“Ours is a great country of which people are rightly proud, where the first duty of government must be to defend its people and do whatever it takes to safeguard Britain’s national security.”
In other words, TIG is fully committed to ensuring that profits for the arms industry are maintained.

Britain works best as a diverse, mixed social market economy, in which well-regulated private enterprise can reward aspiration and drive economic progress and where government has the responsibility to ensure the sound stewardship of taxpayer’s money and a stable, fair and balanced economy.”
A strong economy means we can invest in our public services. We believe the collective provision of public services and the NHS can be delivered through government action, improving health and educational life chances, protecting the public, safeguarding the vulnerable, ensuring dignity at every stage of life and placing individuals at the heart of decision-making.”
The two “values” above were purposefully vague.  TIG was careful to not state explicitly or even hint at whether it supports the continuing privatisation (or theft) of vital public services.  It said a “strong economy” is needed for the government to provide vital services; the Tories said the same as an excuse for its Social Murder austerity ideology.

The people of this country have the ability to create fairer, more prosperous communities for present and future generations. We believe that this creativity is best realised in a society which fosters individual freedom and supports all families.”
What is “individual freedom?”  Surely, freedom is collective is it not?  Why mention “families” rather than ‘people?’  That “value” is a little Pence-like.

The barriers of poverty, prejudice and discrimination facing individuals should be removed and advancement occur on the basis of merit, with inequalities reduced through the extension of opportunity, giving individuals the skills and means to open new doors and fulfil their ambitions.”
Individuals are capable of taking responsibility if opportunities are offered to them, everybody can and should make a contribution to society and that contribution should be recognised.  Paid work should be secure and pay should be fair.”
Did “everybody can and should make a contribution to society” give a clue to TIG’s attitude to how the Tories have removed financial support for people with disabilities and terminal or chronic illnesses?

Our free media, the rule of law, and our open, tolerant and respectful democratic society should be cherished and renewed.”
Does cherish for “respectful democratic society” include marching publicly to intimidate the attendees of a malicious hearing where a person of colour was facing false accusations?

We believe that our parliamentary democracy in which our elected representatives deliberate, decide and provide leadership, held accountable by their whole electorate is the best system of representing the views of the British people.”
Obviously, being “held accountable by their whole electorate” does not apply to MPs who leave a party and don’t call by-elections and are happy to steal parliamentary seats and steal MPs’ salaries.

In order to face the challenges and opportunities presented by globalisation, migration and technological advances, we believe the multilateral, international rules-based order must be strengthened and reformed. We believe in maintaining strong alliances with our closest European and international allies on trade, regulation, defence, security and counter-terrorism.”
I assume that the first sentence above on “challenges presented by globalisation and migration” was supplied by Nigel Farage or Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.  TIG want “strong alliances with our closest European and international allies.”  That is, TIG wants to ensure that the current stated enemies remain enemies.  The arms industry profits don’t make themselves.

As part of the global community we have a responsibility to future generations to protect our environment, safeguard the planet, plan development sustainably and to act on the urgency of climate change.”
TIG might be disappointed that no supporters of the Green Party are interested in switching to TIG.

Power should be devolved to the most appropriate level, trusting and involving local communities. More powers and representation should be given to local government to act in the best interests of their communities.”
Such power is useless without funding.  The Tories have starved local councils of funding so any extra powers are pointless.  TIG does not believe in power for constituency Labour parties because seven such constituency parties currently have no MP because seven TIG MPs are stealing parliamentary seats.

TIG admits that it opposes Labour’s socialism
In its attack on Labour, TIG revealed its true intent and a deep ideological difference with Labour.  In claiming that Labour threatens to destabilise the British economy in pursuit of ideological objectives” TIG meant that Corbyn-led Labour will attack the beneficiaries of exploitation.  TIG is worried on behalf of the exploiters that Labour will challenge, change and destroy the current system of exploitation.

TIG expressed its opposition to combative politics: Today, visceral hatreds of other views and opinions are common-place in and around the Labour Party.”

Politics should be combative, aggressive, uncompromising and angry.  Dealing with Tory filth is not a matter of politeness, circumspection and respect.  TIG doesn’t want a genuine challenge to the Tories or to any exploitative politics.  It wants to stifle opposition.

The final sentence on TIG’s statement was a request for politics to die.

Sitting as the Independent Group of MPs we appeal to colleagues from all parties to consider the best interests of the country above short-term party-political considerations and choose to do likewise.”

The Independent Group is empty.  It has nothing to offer anyone.  It has no hope whatsoever of any of its members being elected in an election.  

Its purpose is to hamper Labour. 

The intent of the MPs is to stand in marginal seats at the next general election in order to ensure that the Tories can cling onto (or win) close seats.

There is no integrity in the group or its members.


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