Tell the truth and shame the devil...

Over the last few years the Tory press has been stealthily steering people's opinions to the right. What is middle ground politics now was, not so long ago, very much a right wing agenda. And convincing so many of us that the poor should pay for the deficit was a masterstroke. Labour needs to fight back with a propaganda war of its own. It can do this by simply telling the truth and by injecting some compassion back into the debate. Many people think that everyone on benefits is a scrounger or an immigrant or both - this is how they've got away with it. When the Daily Mail headlines its one-off so-called scrounger living in Mayfair, we should be blasting all the deserving cases over the Daily Mirror. We have become a very hard and dispassionate society - we need to reverse this. Labour had some things right when people perceived the Tories as 'the nasty party.' They still are, but it shows how effective their propaganda has been. Labour people need to reinforce again and again just how nasty the Tories can be, and just how far right politics has moved. Is it really the case that every single mum bringing up children on benefits has got themselves into this position as a career choice? Ask your average Tory voter and they will believe this implicitly. The other major issue is the now received view that the deficit was all Labour's fault. Why are we not shouting back on this one? How could Labour be responsible for a world-wide slump caused by irresponsible bankers and placing any number of developed nations in danger of bankruptcy? Was it all Gordon Brown's fault that the economies of the USA, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece and Ireland all suffered because of his policies? This is the logic of Tory rhetoric - yet people believed it and continue to do so. Only recently I had a heated discussion with a Tory voter who was convinced that that nice Mr Osborne rescued our economy from the clutches of an inept Labour leadership. Labour's only fault as I see it was to trust people who were not to be trusted - yet this is the price we pay. Bankers still get their bonuses, the fat cats get away without paying taxes, all the usual friends of the Tories laugh all the way to the bank as Labour carries the can. Well we've carried it for long enough and we should be fighting Tory lies better than this. Don't rely on the common sense of people to see the truth - they won't... unless they're pointed in the right direction to see it.