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”
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.