Labour fervently supported last year’s Conservative Budget before a back bench rebellion by Conservatives led to some revisions. Now they attack IDS for not backing current budget. This is understandable till you find out they do not either.
Labour seem to want to complain about what IDS has done in the past even though they supported it last July. Indeed so fervent was the support of the mainstream PLP its 3 candidates were prepared to lose the leadership election over it.
IDS has handed Labour a gift but they are currently showing their preference for unearned conceit, hypocrisy and stupidity. Attack the Govt not the messenger!
Recent elections be they Turkey or Scotland’s freedom or UK or Greece OXI have split countries Old v Young. Quiet v Noisy. Scared v Brave. The frightened who watch TV and read national media and believe it have spoken.
The great thing with not standing for election is I can say that. I just leave these conservative old folks a question as usual you may leave an inheritance to your kids but you’ll leave them a shit world to live in, why?
In pandering to these urges to protect their pathetic wealth and fear of change these rabbits accept ridiculous wars where we seem to have no end game middle game and start game or any gameplan. They really believe stuff with no evidence that the rise of IS in Syria Iraq means we will have terrorism.
The point for opposition politicians is you have to speak to these people without judgment. Not get carried away with your own gallery playing.
The full extent of the usefulness of Labour as a 2 XI for the establishment has been illustrated again. Much like the 80s where even with the SDP leaving Labour manage to crowd out the media for anyone else bar Govt whilst a silent 40% voted Conservative. Labour again thrash around caught in their own moral conceit. Something made worse by a supposed leftist leader even as his policies end up in the Overton Window – this also creates a problem as no one believes Corbyn/McDonnell really believes a word of it.
Thus the BBC can continue to fill studios with Labour and Tory and pretend there is a real debate. The Greens or Liberals or anyone with a more complex message than the specious simplicity of UKIP or Labour crowded out. Their conferences may as well not have happened as the tedious and grueling public backing down of Corbyn and McDonnell occured. You now have a Labour opposition composed of 80% MPs who happily supported what they now oppose. It’s a mess.
Their moralising idiocy about the poor over tax credits reminiscent of the 80s it merely reinforces their parasitic nature grabbing at middle class guilt for those who look about them without providing an ounce of leadership. The Conservatives were always winning in 2020 short of an economic Minsky event which could happen now they should survive a downturn quite easily.
Worst part is Labour still has no idea why it is hated and why its moralising is seen as ridiculous by most of us. It’s led by leaders fresh from mining a 30 year sinecure whilst thumbing their noses at their fellow party members now asked to work with them and make messy compromises.
Only an optimist would say Labour has substantially changed.