Griffin is finally legitimised. Thanks New Labour!

8 Jun

And so finally, fascist flabby arse-wipe Nick Griffin has achieved national political legitimacy by winning a seat at the European Parliament.

And guess what?

We put him there. The progressives. Or so-called progressives, anyway.

The New Labour project, that brave centre-left experiment to bring Clintonian Third-Way politics to a post-Thatcherite Britain, is over.

Yeah, Slippery Dave promises us pragmatic politics without “isms”, but we know that’s a crock to triangulate the Tories for the maximum haul of MPs at the next general election. Cameron will use his majority to remind us what a bunch of twat-necks the Tories are, and always have been.

I’m not a socialist. I’m a centre-left liberal. I believe in robust markets and social liberalism. Labour’s failure is not its adoption of Ordoliberalism, but its failure to deliver it.

The State has spent millions on management consultants, yet it has been proven incompetent at improving systems and controlling costs ā€” two pillars of good management.

Look at the colossal clusterfuck that is tax-credits. Hard working families have found themselves repaying thousands back, because the system is convoluted, over-complicated and utterly mismanaged. Brown’s gargantuan tax-system is an operational catastrophe that has ultimately failed the working poor.

Then there is Labour’s abject failure to communicate to the working classes. New Labour’s kowtowing to the Murdoch press and its rabid commitment to spinning a narrative to the bloated middle classes, have ensured it no longer speaks directly to the poor and disenfranchised. Whenever a section of society is ignored and marginalised, the predatory fascist right move in to fill the vacuum. I predicted this years ago, as did many writers and commentators.

The final nail was the expenses scandal, which was a plague on all their houses. But it was Labour, with its huge majorities, which could have reformed the system ā€” had they not been abusing it like alcoholics at a free-bar.

Our politics is broken, but the Labour Party is shattered. It’s on life-support and few people actually want to see it pull-through. If we forget tribalism for a second, wouldn’t the progressive cause actually be helped by the quick suffocation of The Labour Party?

We need to reclaim the conversation from the far-right. We need to address, both rhetorically and practically, the concerns of the working poor.

Progressive politics must have a carnival of ideas. We need to experiment with proven policies that have been successful across Europe and the world, and we must remain focussed on efficiency and delivery. These are lean times, but it doesn’t mean we can’t work towards better times.

Labour will lose the next general election, but it lost a commitment to progressive politics a long time ago.

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18 Responses to “Griffin is finally legitimised. Thanks New Labour!”

  1. mike@mikerouse.net June 8, 2009 at 8:45 am #

    Not much I disagree with there

  2. mike@mikerouse.net June 8, 2009 at 8:45 am #

    Not much I disagree with there

  3. danielhg@gmail.com June 8, 2009 at 10:17 am #

    Oh dear.

  4. danielhg@gmail.com June 8, 2009 at 10:17 am #

    Oh dear.

  5. chrisdillow@msn.com June 8, 2009 at 12:55 pm #

    Whilst I share your admirably expressed sentiments, can I suggest an alternative – that the BNP won MEPs because New Labour did too well?For example, in the north west, Nick Griffin got in because he got 5000 votes more than the Greens. Which means that if 5000 people had voted Green rather than Labour (a natural choice), the BNP would have not got a seat. In this sense, more disillusionment with Labour, not less, would have stopped the BNP.

  6. chrisdillow@msn.com June 8, 2009 at 12:55 pm #

    Whilst I share your admirably expressed sentiments, can I suggest an alternative – that the BNP won MEPs because New Labour did too well?For example, in the north west, Nick Griffin got in because he got 5000 votes more than the Greens. Which means that if 5000 people had voted Green rather than Labour (a natural choice), the BNP would have not got a seat. In this sense, more disillusionment with Labour, not less, would have stopped the BNP.

  7. monkwell7@aol.com June 8, 2009 at 1:46 pm #

    Good article.Though is there no chance that the “twat-necks” might focus on “efficiency and delivery”?Chris – only right if (for some odd reason) the next-most-disillusioned 5000 *all* voted Green!

  8. monkwell7@aol.com June 8, 2009 at 1:46 pm #

    Good article.Though is there no chance that the “twat-necks” might focus on “efficiency and delivery”?Chris – only right if (for some odd reason) the next-most-disillusioned 5000 *all* voted Green!

  9. aaronsheath@gmail.com June 8, 2009 at 1:50 pm #

    Chris,Heh. Indeed, it appears Labour did too well.A pox be on them!

  10. aaronsheath@gmail.com June 8, 2009 at 1:50 pm #

    Chris,Heh. Indeed, it appears Labour did too well.A pox be on them!

  11. mrzhisou@gmail.com June 8, 2009 at 6:40 pm #

    I think you’re overreacting. It’s not all lost. It’s just a perfect storm of crap: economic collapse, the expenses nonsense all made worse by a control-freak PM unable to communicate.Change the PM, new man (and sadly it won’t be a woman) changes the system and we’ll be back on track.It’s not so long since Obama won the Presidency and the progressives were looking on the way up.All is not lost – except for Brown. He’s the scapegoat lightening rod for discontent. Hardly anyone voted Tory either – Cameron is very beatable.

  12. mrzhisou@gmail.com June 8, 2009 at 6:40 pm #

    I think you’re overreacting. It’s not all lost. It’s just a perfect storm of crap: economic collapse, the expenses nonsense all made worse by a control-freak PM unable to communicate.Change the PM, new man (and sadly it won’t be a woman) changes the system and we’ll be back on track.It’s not so long since Obama won the Presidency and the progressives were looking on the way up.All is not lost – except for Brown. He’s the scapegoat lightening rod for discontent. Hardly anyone voted Tory either – Cameron is very beatable.

  13. mrzhisou@gmail.com June 8, 2009 at 6:41 pm #

    Lightning, I meant. Obviously

  14. mrzhisou@gmail.com June 8, 2009 at 6:41 pm #

    Lightning, I meant. Obviously

  15. aaronsheath@gmail.com June 8, 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    You sir, have been away too long.

  16. aaronsheath@gmail.com June 8, 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    You sir, have been away too long.

  17. trottstone@gmail.com June 24, 2009 at 6:32 pm #

    “Cameron is very beatable”What with? Labour hasn’t got a snowballs chance in an incinerator.

  18. trottstone@gmail.com June 24, 2009 at 6:32 pm #

    “Cameron is very beatable”What with? Labour hasn’t got a snowballs chance in an incinerator.

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