|Ware On The March|
|A vile slur on all our values. Photo taken by Emily Thornberry.|
|Not a slur. Photo not taken by a Labour MP.|
"he voted Conservative at the last general election and has never voted Labour - He was not aware there was a by election on"
Now, I'm a Labour member - actually paying my own money to support their entire operation in an arrangement that underpins their whole existence - but as John implies, maybe I should ditch that - I could save the monthly fee to buy more red & white flags!
He has an interesting take on the history and traditional aims and historic improvements the Labour party have brought about John Mann.
"It was horrendous. It insults ....Labour voters across the country because white vans, England flags, they're Labour values ".
|Not a slur. On Anyone. A Proud White Van. With Values.|
I was what people come out for Harold Wilson in the 60s "The White Heat of The White Van revolution"
After the war, when voters turned to Attlee - what was his slogan? "White vans after black times".
John Mann, can you look at this extract from a speech by Keir Hardy in 1914, the first Labour leader, setting out what he thinks the founding ideas behind the Labour party were please?
So John, what leaps out at you there? As someone who professes to - and pass judgement on who else can - 'be Labour' , what do you take way from that noble, far-reaching, inspiring vision?it was tenaciously upheld by the public authorities, here and elsewhere, that it was an offence against laws of nature and ruinous to for public authorities to provide food for starving children, or independent aid for the aged poor. Even safety regulations in mines and factories were taboo. They interfered with the ‘freedom of the individual’. As for such proposals as an eight-hour day, a minimum wage, the right to work, and municipal houses, any serious mention of such classed a man as a fool. These cruel, heartless dogmas,... were accepted as part of the unalterable laws of nature, sacred and inviolable, and were maintained by statesmen, town councillors, ministers of the Gospel, and, strangest of all, by the bulk of Trade Union leaders. That was the political, social and religious element in which our Party saw the light. Scientists are constantly revealing the hidden powers of nature. By the aid of the X-rays we can now see through rocks and stones; the discovery of radium has revealed a great force which is already healing disease and will one day drive machinery; Marconi, with his wireless system of telegraphy and now of telephony, enables us to speak and send messages for thousands of miles through space.But though these powers and forces are only now being revealed, they have existed since before the foundation of the world. The scientists, by sympathetic study and laborious toil, have brought them within our ken. And so, in like manner, our Socialism is revealing hidden and hitherto undreamed of powers and forces in human nature.
"The same as always - white vans. The values of white vans & England flags".
|Swerve the politics la|
Been an odd start to the season, with performances lurching from: dazzling attacking with no stamina and a defence collapsing under the slightest pressure; almost deliberately, point-makingly negative Europa League away outings; consummate, classy, swaggering run-outs at home in the same competition; two convincing and seemingly 'now we're sorted' (but we werent) league wins; two bitty & disjointed games at Anfield & Old Trafford; and latterly two draws from matches we should have won.
|95/96 Everton 3 West Ham 0 (Stuart, Unsworth, Ebbrell)|
I'm a staunch believer that, in all but the most unusual circumstances, you play your best team, and let natural variation play its part. As an example of why I'm completely right (no two ways about it, no room for argument, no way the medical and management experts could counter my conclusion) consider what Martinez did with Mirallas earlier this season: after 3 goals in 3 games, and off the back of two straight wins, he was "rested" for Crystal Palace at home. When we were playing shite and losing, he had to come on anyway. Then we played Swansea away in the League cup and he wasn't even on the bench - preserved, looked after, wrapped in cotton wool etc for the derby on the Saturday. The first time he had an actual run - joink, his hamstring went and that was the last we saw of him.
|2012/13 Everton 2 West Ham 0 (Mirallas 2)|
Similarly, 12 years later - early experiments with a Neville & Jagielka centre midfield, leaving out Lescott, and playing Yakubu as a kind of wing-forward all gave way to a fixed formation, regular XI and we went on a fantastic run. Culminating in two wins in a week versus (a rated) West Ham side, where were notably kept the same XI, an made only one substitution over 180 minutes.
|07/08 West Ham 0 Everton 2 (Yakubu, Johnson)|
|2010/11 Everton 2 West Ham 2 (Bilyaletdinov, Fellaini)|
They might even fancy it as a good opportunity to take three points for the (I think) third time in the Premier League years. And I've been at the other two: New Year's day 1994, when Tim Breaker scored a deflating lopping header in after a couple of minutes and a sub-20,000 crowd then set niggly and freezing through the rest of a game that extended a spirit-sapping goal-draught to 6 and a half games. In classic Everton style, the catalyst for this mind-numbing lack of direction or threat up front was driving the manger to resignation over the refusal to sign exactly the player we needed, at a perfectly reasonable fee.
That's my boys!
|Tim Breaker with The Lads and looking delighted to be so|
The historical patterns and lessons to be learnt?
Don't play like in those games, as they were both fucking terrible.
One I did like, and I could see being played out in some form tomorrow was in 1997-98, when Everton were nervous and pokey for a half, going in trailing to an own goal and the crowd getting a bit "Goodison~y", then John Oster came on, ran at them and the mood changed completely, with Ludek Miklosko making a string of saves before and after Dave Watson's equaliser. A counter-intuitive (and never repeated) change by Howard Kendall saw Craig Short come on as sub whilst we were pressing for a winner, with Slaven Bilic (one of three players opposing a team they'd played for 2 matches previously) shoved forward into midfield - he soon sent a cross in that Ferguson headed down and Graham Stuart (returned to the club in some well-meaning symbolic role this week) turned and finished with a shot across the greasy surface.
|1997/98 Everton 2 West Ham 1 (Watson, Stuart)|