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 Backed by a series of out of date ideas that ignore the changes in work and production and the future at the expense of platitudes and appeals to virtue.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.
It’s easy to suggest that the media or whoever are responsible for the eclipse of the ‘left’ parties of Europe. Irrelevant even when in power to be frank see Brown or Hollande. I am referring to New Labour here rather than whatever welcome Corbyn is destroying with random precision. This is a more general attack than on a particular party and to be honest could be used against most ‘liberal’ thinkers. It is also in the context of seeming liberals supporting a ruling ideology that forsook the poor and claimed GDP growth as Manna achieved by stoking the purchase of 2nd hand assets and the land they stood on as improved living standards. Continue reading “The Left Follies”
I read this in Haaretz on why Israel was turning to fruitcakery:-
And left-wing voters have lost interest in the character of their country in recent years. After all, it’s not very liberal to tie yourself in knots in order to shape a society in accordance with your own values. Their secularism has been privatized. They have moved onto dealing with “nano” problems – questions of lifestyle like alternative weddings, circumcision (yes or no), Reform prayer at the Western Wall and girls getting called up to read publicly from the Torah.
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.762203?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
This. As true of a ‘left’ celebrating difference and stroking its virtue by not just pointing out racism, sexism etc but celebrating itself as superior because it uses the right pronouns and sentences people to penury for uttering a word out of place in the public sphere. For enforcing anodyne comedy on TV! Continue reading “Nano Problems”
The UK state controls a large proportion of the economy – far more than is obvious due to the State’s patronage or subsidy as I call it whether it be subsidy or tax breaks. However to move to a position of say a more Venezuela style state Socialism where various big projects dominate the economy and international capital runs for the hills is a different matter. Continue reading “State Socialism No Thanks”
I had a flashback to the 80s. I was a leftie. A Bennite. Yes sorry. Anyway you could not find a single cunt who admitted voting Tory. The Govt was beset by incompetence and treated people like garbage. Real wages began their 35 year fall and Mrs Thatcher was less popular than anyone (and more popular by some measures). Yet that 35->40% of the vote was always Tory. Indeed even in 92 Major secured the biggest vote ever in terms of numbers.
Why because people fear change? They’re not just going to vote for someone by default. It is not enough to point out how bad the Govt are. No good to say and prove they are corrupt and incompetent. It is not enough to point to the poor and dispossessed being attacked for no reason. It is not enough to be pictured in obviously ethnic settings – probably counter productive in groups Labour needs to appeal to to boot.
People vote out of fear and self interest. Labour currently makes no more appeal on offering even a better alternative than it did under Foot or Miliband or Brown or Kinnock. It’s not necessarily a left issue except in so far as the left are so smug and secure in their conceit of goodness they do not see that no one else agrees with them nor is convinced. Nor of course do they feel the need to convince anyone as buffing their own conceit is more important than affecting the lives of those they claim to represent.
In many ways the biggest weakness of the governing left party in the UK [Labour] is that it stands for conservatism. It seeks to use the context the Conservatives create and use a few transfer payments to stay in power. It challenges nothing as Brown’s attempt to spend money and feed the Financial Parasite at the same time shows. You need an alternative not a list of unfairness. A plan to change context not a recipe for Brownian self congratulation and faux horror when your largesse unwinds.
The 80s are repeating as Tragedy and Farce.