IAIN Wright, Labour MP for Hartlepool, stood in the Commons at 2.30pm on November 27, in an equality debate, one of six MPs in the House.
His speech as shadow innovation minister was, to say the least, innovative.
He was speaking about the inequality of pay/remuneration for top executives and how bad the ratio is.
In the 14 years of Labour Government, under a prime minister from just up the road, it presided over the biggest jumps in pay for this sector in living memory.
For the life of me I cannot remember either Blair, Brown or Wright saying anything about how bad it was.
Maybe Ian Wright will show us a speech in which he said it was wrong.
On another point, the Labour Party has been in power in the North-East for 50 years or more.
Yet over that time it has never made it an area where it poured in money from central government to address the situation.
It might be the case that, while travelling on the train to Westminster, you become a southerner on reaching Oxford and beyond.
In respect of his concern over pay for chief executives, I might just point out that it was the Labour-run Hartlepool Borough Council that gave its new chief executive a £120,000 pay packet with the words still ringing in my ears: “If you want the best you have to pay for the best.”
That from almost every Labour councillor in all the meetings I attended.
So please forgive me if I see socialists in a different light to the light they try to portray for the benefit of voters.
Labour, in my opinion, has done little for us here in the north, other than create public jobs that will be the first to go in any downturn in the country’s finances – as any treasury, under any colour political party, tries to balance the books.
Mr Wright stands at the dispatch box in the House of Commons and talks of betrayal and unfairness.
At the same time he defends his record on the University Hospital of Hartlepool.
The Labour Party is just another branch of the country’s elite.
Standing in the House will not remove that fact.
The betrayal of all working people in the North-East is the responsibility of all political parties who have ruled over us for 50 years.
It has to be a time for us here to vote for a change.
St Helen’s Street,