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”
My question to all the economists and Govts last 30 years if you claim liberalism, globalisation, EU have benefited us why can’t we afford health, education, pensions, benefits, weekly garbage collection, social care etc. now? Continue reading “Don’t Vote Fascist: Vote Poverty”
Tempting as it is to say May only struggles on the spot and after such garrulous guff spielers as Blair and Cameron we should accept that. Yet give her time and space and she’s still vacuous avoider of issues without ideas. This is arguably going to be Dacre’s 2nd term after the original one with Brown, although it’s unclear if Brown was run by Brooks/Murdoch too. This is after all someone who has used legal defeat after defeat to advance herself at the public expense even at the extent of lying about immigrant rights at a party conference.
People who follow history will know those who advance through position, the general secretary route, rather than ideas and brilliance in a power vacuum are the most dangerous. Especially armed with a massive pensioner army ignorant of where, how and what their pensions and asset prices come from who do not have to work for lousy bosses or compelled to take self employed status or zero hours contracts.
It’s difficult to get over the modern need for hate and hence virtue in the brain of the hater. Yet Labour has 3 strings to its bow on the self love hate stakes:-
- Corbynistas or Momentum or The Left a group who think they can ignore economics or advice and be credible with a skeptical public. They find victims in every corner. Backed by a series of out of date ideas that ignore the changes in work and production and the future at the expense of platitudes and appeals to virtue.
- The Moderates. These people push the extreme liberalism whilst enacting the kind of policies that stifle wages and boost assets. All whilst celebrating differences as embodied by their Jim Crowist policy of multiculturalism. They and the progressives will rant at Tim Farron’s religious beliefs [and hence their own superior creed] but celebrate the greater and actual bigotry of Islam and the mainstream Muslim community. Nicer to the poor than the Tories in the short term but ultimately with same aim – an ordered society of a medicated poor and an elite. Oddly a middle class group seeking their own oblivion albeit with the expectation among the few who understand their creed they will be part of the elite see the Blairs and Browns.
- The Progressives who see the need for an alliance with Greens and Liberals as though they represent a single strand of opinion. They seek to be the glue in between the other 2. The major flaw they have is they cannot unite the Labour party never mind an infantile Green party which talks of banning horse racing and Liberal party that is not Liberal. Economically more for localism, environmentalism and other good but hard to sell non concrete stuff.
All 3 united in the identerism that those outside any of these creeds find so off-putting and un-voteable. All love great cries of sexism and racism and can remove TV hosts but precious little else. They are also united in slagging each other off too.
As someone whose views can be interpreted as to the left or right of the spectrum depending on the issue I do find the use of the word extremist funny. After all on the left most people called extremists would be centrists to some of my friends. Also since when to anyone but a Septic did universal education, water and health care become extreme anyway? Continue reading “The Extreme Middle”