Indian-origin Labour candidate flays Brown
London: An Indian-origin Labour candidate
has flayed party leader Gordon Brown calling him the "worst
Prime Minister" Britain has ever had, causing much
embarrassment to the beleaguered party ahead of May 6 polls.
Manish Sood, 38, who is the Labour candidate in
North-west Norfolk, came down heavily on Brown on several
fronts, including immigration, in comments made to a local
He insisted that his comments that Brown`s policies
were a "total disaster" reflected the opinion of many within
the party, but the Labour denied this and called him a
"The loss of social values is the basic problem and
this is not what the Labour Party is about. I believe Gordon
Brown has been the worst Prime Minister we have had in this
country. It is a disgrace and he owes an apology to the people
and the Queen," he said.
He said: "Immigration has gone up which is creating
friction within communities. The country is getting bigger and
messier. The role of ministers has gone bureaucratic and the
action of ministers has gone downhill, it is corrupt".
Standing by comments, Sood said: "Obviously this is a
very serious matter because at the end of the day we have a
Prime Minister standing so close to the general election and
things are going totally wrong. It`s a real disaster for the
cities, the country and the nation."
"Look at the policies that he`s got - increasing
National Insurance contributions very, very close to the
General Election. Petrol prices are going up very, very close
to the General Election. An increase in tax on employment
income - very, very close to the General Election. All the
policies he`s bringing in are a total disaster."
Sood is the son of Manjula Sood, who was Britain`s
first Asian-origin Lord Mayor in Leicester. The family has
strong ties with the Labour party.
Sood, who is currently a councillor, said he had
promised voters to "get back to basics" and "clean up the
system" if chosen to represent the area.
"We have to get back to basics where people can leave
their money outside for the milkman without it being stolen,"
He added that immigration had caused "overcrowding" in
Britain and the increase in people claiming benefits.
Sood, who said before the election that his seat was
unwinnable for Labour, said he wanted Britain to return to how
it was in the 1970s, and promised to control religious
education and institutions, regenerate farming and industry
and give more powers to the police and teachers.
"We need to clean the whole party up A to Z, and it`s
as simple as that. Once we do that, things will get better. We
really have to come down hard on the Labour Party, on the
Labour government; and the Prime Minister really does need to
wake up and see that this is a problem."
He also believes the Queen should have more respect
and say in government decisions as well as bringing back the
Sood, however, praised Brown for lowering the interest
rates for mortgage owners.
Leader of West Norfolk Council`s Labour group,
Councillor Andy Tyler, said: "I disagree completely. I think
Gordon Brown is the best, most experienced and most capable of
all three main candidates.
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