It is hard to get across to folks but there is a reason the bar is higher for left leaning Govts in the West. It is not the media whose siren calls and clarion hatred tend to make them vulnerable to coherent argument. The reason is the world is easily upset. Thus whilst the UK economy has been butchered in many ways by 18 years of corrupt cretinism from Brown, Darling and Osborne it has not suffered worse than most. Economies are not that fragile – one reason I am less left than I once thought I was is that you can fuck up royally and Capitalism goes on regardless. This may hit a tipping point now Osborne is no longer subject to the steadier of Vince Cable of course.
The UK as a net importer who borrows off the world [in a sense] does not need a Govt who so unsettles things that the £ plummets say. We do not have a 190 military bases to get the world to pay for our consumption that say a Bernie Sanders could deploy – we could argue if he ever gets shit through a corrupt Congress and Senate but I am not a Septic and do not care.
As Greece found not being able to depreciate a currency is worse but the UK is not doing badly on growth and it is therefore not analogous. We’re in a better position when Mr Shit hits Mr Fan. We just don’t want to get there.
It is thus all very well being left but left for its own sake pointless. A potential leftist Govt needs to be honest and move very slowly this side of another serious recession at least.
It’s not to damn Corbyn but he can afford less mistakes than the continual stream of nonsense Cameron pumps out. I recall being a Socialist and thinking we had the arguments but it’s now clear most of them are whining for victims. There is not a positive policy or view just a change to tax winners and losers. An attempt to manipulate the world as given without a strategy. A series of add on tactics.
Hence you end up suggesting we build nuclear subs without nukes for the jobs. Uk does not need nuclear submarines and thus does not need the workers who would build them. If you cannot deliver that softest of hard messages then wonder why people may agree the Govt is maniacal but….
Labour’s real problem is the MPs and their cadre stand for absolutely nothing and have only platitudes and Overton acceptable sound bytes. Countering this is an old left brought up in the land when we [working class] were all brothers together in unions. They really have nothing in the old Social Democrat camp. With Farron a wet blanket of Overton statements, the nonsensical and the bland. The centre (or centre left as those with no memory might call it) has no champions.
Whilst not being au fait enough to defend against counter rhetoric a sorta Bernie Sanders even, pragmatic enough and not a Wall Street/City puppet, seems not to exist.
The other side is does anyone really believe Kendall & co would be in a better place? Another vacuous mumbler about the market with their support for the PFI fraud and rendition and torture still in even modern memory?
In many ways Corbyn’s apparent short livedness offers a greater opportunity to enter 2020 with a better leader but not a broken New Labour minister with more baggage to Labour supporters than Jennifer Lopez.
At present I still won’t vote Labour they offer 2 choices that barely escape rancidity.