I used to be a member of the Labour Party in White City. There were some very caring people about, plus some wild cards and people who knew how to play the system in the euphoria of 1997 when we were all ready to march forward with labour policies. But no, the word came down from on high keep your mouths shut, keep your heads down and we will win next time. So it wasn’t about policies, it was about winning because if you win you control the power, you control the government. But, I ask, did the electorate vote for conservatism in a different guise? Blair and Brown were just conservatives dressed up as Labour could you tell any change from them and Thatcher? Economically they were identical, militarily they wanted a strong armed forces to back up their friends in Washington. Guantanamo Bay was acceptable, drone strikes were acceptable the CIA running roughshod over any who opposed them was acceptable. Military intervention here there and everywhere, just confuse the facts get loads of experts to waffle away and nobody would know that you were lying.
Now I am not saying don’t have centrist policies, because without them you will never get elected it is a physical impossibility. If you enjoy opposition, then you know who to vote for if you like someone with loads of baggage then you know who vote for, it’s always a difficult choice. I thought Ed Milliband should have stayed as leader because at this moment in time there isn’t really an alternative, even now if he raised his hand he would win. The candidates that are standing today are weak in comparison, being leader of the opposition is a learning curve. How to develop policies, how to react to setbacks, understanding what the people want and giving it to them.
With the right-wing press tearing into him on a daily basis and parties offering sweets from every direction, in and out up and down self-centred nationalists I was surprised that David Cameron only got 25% of the popular vote.
But if the labour party wishes to be in opposition for the next ten, twenty or thirty years so be it that is their decision. But extreme left-wing policies never get a party elected you have to find out what the people want and then offer a deal, don’t stand on your principles, don’t get a divorce.
Come back Ed you are better than this load of rubbish.
It is clear that the Labour Party does not want to return to Blairite policies. They could always vote for Michael Foot – perhaps they will!
(c) Michael Douglas Bosc