If you are left or centre or liberal then you will come across people who preach racial and gender equality and are down with LBGT rights and say nice shit about the poor. They will be mortally offended by Trump and pine for the days of Obama and having a their dude do wicked shit not some ignorant orange buffoon. They will lament vapid neo Con ‘Hillary’ losing. They will cry at the end of an agreement with a vile theocratic nation that supports Jihad whilst damning a pointless agreement with a lunatic despot. They are always good. They call themselves progressives. They talk of the The Market. They love the EU and talk like it’s some giant charity. They accuse everyone of hate and talk of love.
They are also responsible for the huge numbers of poor, hospital car park charging, austerity, monopoly capitalism, corporate rights trumping individual rights, the financial crash of 07/08 and the LTCM crash and the Dot Com boom crash, the rise of financial capital and the rise in land prices and hence food banks. They are as culpable as the right in supporting wars. They have made poor countries debt slaves whilst taking the credit for China and India lifting their population up. They are responsible for welfare ‘reform’ for demonising the poor and the work obsession whereby more people work but growth comes only from more debt and immigrants and sleight hand and twist of fate. They talk of safe spaces, micro aggression and the need to ban people because they disagree. They are intolerant of others views and hide behind rhetoric and bluster like the far Right and as amenable to rational argument as a Jihadist. Facts are irrelevant to them for all their ‘fakenews’ bluster – seriously read their UK bibles The Times or Guardian and tell me there is one thing they are correct about? They make paeans to their own virtue cos they celebrate differences that others hate but offer the largely poor minorities nothing except patronising difference celebration – see thoughts and prayers after a gun massacre.
If you are left or centre they are not your friends.
On the last poll 91% who expressed a preference said Lib Lab or Con. Now there are indications Labour may break the last 20 years of idiocy and a pretence. The Cons say they might but really when Cons spend more it goes to friends [Gordon Brown no doubt upset I did not add an ‘aussi’ there]. However to think that authoritarians like McDonnell and Corbyn really would improve the state of freedom in the country requires a considerable amount of LSD.
Left and right have warned about this and dystopian filmakers to boot. Nonetheless the idiocy backed by probably 500+ MPs is this that people should have no say over Govt services and that corporations should be sovereign – most of the rest are Socialists and are less worried about corporations albeit Tony Benn loved a big’un. Indeed this is the logic behind the right wing Tory BrExiters to tie the country down in trade deals that prevent legislation and progress on Health, Food and the Environment. To maintain the Monopoly side of capitalism: to make it a Zombie innovation less capitalism.
Trivial example was Sheffield signed an unbreakable PFI. Amey a Spanish company has since cut down 6000 trees rather than make trivial repairs to roads and pavements – no avenue for appeal or prevention. Historic trees, new trees, nice trees, ugly trees and uncle Tom Cobley anything is fair game to them, Environment Schmenvironment. In a corollary people went to the Arsenal board meeting and some examples of that mostly male class of never ending sociopathic front men ensured no one could speak – not even shareholders have say in this society.
No political party is planning on rolling back state and corporate power. The saddest part is I do not see people of any generation and class who want it back. People will vote for these awful parties and even a new Labour redux centre party would be worse than the SNP, Labour, Conservatives, Liberals, DUP and UKIP on this as they were neo Liberalism’s true believers.
Big State power to back corporate irresponsibility and suppression of rights, health and safety, and liberty means it is a profoundly depressing time for anyone who likes freedom and accountability.
In the end like with BrExit the doom and gloomers are out over the planned policies of Labour. One wonders if Labour is as hooked on bringing back manufacturing and other point-less acts as Donald Trump. However they do retain enough support among a section of economists – some of whom have been patronised by McDonnell. Indeed Chris Dillow said Labour’s critics were the Marxists as they did not believe reform of Capitalism would work and clearly they could not claim it is working now. As an indication of this
You can pretend that others in the political sphere have answers but they do not. All one is left to do is point out that left wing politics of the type Corbyn and McDonnell probably favour has always failed. That a large state is not a problem in and of itself but do people who think rent controls are not more inter-generational theft on their own and suggested by no one expert in the field have enough insight to produce a better society? Indeed their precious Venezuela’s main problems are caused by a toilet paper currency with a fixed exchange rate that is bollocks hence inflation as people try to buy real currency ironically to buy toilet paper.
I don’t like their priorities but my knock on Labour is not they are left wing but stuck in the 70s. With the mindset of Labour passim that you can just legislate what you don’t like people doing. To claim as with BrExit they are a huge problem to a dysfunctional economy is to give Labour credibility as they are not the present danger and prevent real questions of their competence and vision and solutions.
I was just reading a good guy who was saying how proud he was of Danny Boyle’s Olympic ceremony and how proud he was of the country etc etc at that point. It makes a point of course that so called progressives are as proud and nationalistic as anyone but with an ambition for the country to be better and dare one say good. Yet they seem unprepared to look under the hood. In the same ways they don’t travel on buses in outer London full of bitter old and poor tired of being lectured on what they eat and smoke. Even Boyle’s centring on GOSH was hardly great given that Hospital Trusts bullying of doctors and the wholesale deaths and cover ups of Foundation Hospital moves not to mention 100s dying of preventable MRSA and CDIFF as Doctors and Administrators cashed in on dirty hospitals and Labour did nothing.
A popular meme is to contrast the European attitude to accepting Muslim refugees and other migrants because they are like the Jews so horribly let down in the 1930s. The habit of otherwise liberal westerners to equate Jews and Muslims and essentially challenge people not to be the made up Islamaphobia label. Continue reading “No Comparison”
New Labour types cannot even acknowledge the pursuit of Tory 2015 voters would have been/was fruitless (triple lock and social care, dementia tax, barely dented those greedy Boomers’ votes). Whatever else Corbyn got the strategy right but guess what the sterling silver spoons of New Labour don’t even have the heart or analysis or brains to even acknowledge that. Continue reading “All Credit Mr Corbyn”
We seem to have something of a third party squeeze with the 3rd party being lots of other parties. The mains are polling at almost 80% up from 65%. Labour despite the loss of Scotland are polling better in England and Wales arguably than any time since 2001 at a general election. They will still be wiped out but hey ho. Then boundary changes kick in as their gerrymandering is unwound but there you go. The Liberals 8% seems to signal the death of Social Democracy and they have not pimped Liberalism (bar Neo Liberalism) in a long time.
So if you are in a marginal who ya got Labour or Tory? Anti Labour or Anti Tory? And yes I started a sentence with so and and, blow me. Continue reading “Labour V Conservative”