“Sir” Keir Starmer – that tells you everything you need to know. He actually accepted an “honour” from the system he is supposed to be Opposed to…
Labour appeared in the political landscape as a consequence of industrialisation in the nineteenth century. They were the Opposition party of the working person: of manufacturing, of labouring. But that part of our economic system has gone now, to leave the service economy, which in the main consists of capitalists using stored money for the purpose of making more money via the interest rate mechanism. (For more on why this mechanism is so destructive, read Margrit Kennedy’s book Interest Free Money.) There is now no natural, organised constituency of manufacturing workers for the Labour Party to base themselves upon, and although the unions still exist, their reputation and potency was forever reduced by Thatcher.
Labour has no point, no meaning, except as the Opposition in a system that fakes a binary split for the sake of the glory of ruling the nation. It is why the British are so afraid of coalitions. “Holding the government to account” doesn’t cut it with me, since unless there happens to be a small Tory majority, there’s no account to hold. Tories with any kind of workable majority can do what they want. That’s working for half the nation.
As I wrote yesterday, New Labour shouldn’t count as Labour. New Labour was just Tory-lite created for the purpose of acquiring power. The ruthlessly ambitious Blair cared for little else. Clause 4 turned collective politics into individualist politics: the triumph of selfishness.
As for Jeremy Corbyn, the reaction to him and his humane, insightful character illustrates the depth of the innate conservatism of this country. Jeremy Corbyn! Jeremy Corbyn. The name terrified the selfish masses. He stood for collective caring, for mass decency. “There is no such thing as society,” as Thatcher almost said, and in Britain what we have is millions of isolated individuals, made so by the Western outlook, by capitalist economics, and by our insistence on tradition, which looks ever backwards. Jeremy Corbyn like Michael Foot was way ahead of his time, although, ironically, Michael Foot was simultaneously way behind his time.
The days of Labour are over – at least, in England, and most likely in Scotland too. They are dead now. In Wales they will perhaps cling on to power for a few more years, but I suspect even that foothold will in due course be lost. They will be replaced by more Tories.
I see no alternative now in an unjust system where the Tories can change constituency boundaries as they see fit, can keep the undemocratic First Past The Post voting system, and can rely on a right wing press which sees anybody from the left as somehow un-British, to a brand new second party. It should have a base somewhere to the left of centre, but with a huge amount of green and orange in it. Labour can’t oppose any more. For those who remember the SDP… well, the environment has changed a bit since then, hasn’t it? Two monoliths in Westminster is the template of the distant past. We need diversification now. We need diversity. We need something new.
And if there’s ever a New New Labour, watch out. That’ll be Tories in sheeps’ clothing.