Monday, September 27, 2010

Reverting to type

Seems the Labour party have tired of power as the new union controlled front-man Ed Milliplonker has decided to announce a raft of policies that will keep Labour out of government until they realise antagonising people in the name of class just doesn't work.

ED MILIBAND last night fuelled concerns that Labour is lurching decisively to the Left under his leadership by signalling his support for swingeing tax rises and refusing to condemn militant trade unions.
On his first full day in his new post, the newly-elected Labour leader used a TV interview to back a string of Left-wing policies bound to alarm millions of middle-income voters.
He called for a hike in the tax burden to reduce public spending cuts, proposed a 2p income tax increase for graduates to fund higher education and backed plans for a High Pay Commission to curb higher salaries.
And he provoked fears of a major growth in union muscle by refusing to condemn threatened strikes at British Airways and the BBC.
Forced on the defensive amid accusations of being a puppet of the unions whose votes at the party conference in Manchester clinched him the Labour leadership, Mr Miliband insisted: “I’m nobody’s man, I am my own man. I am very clear about that.” And putting a final nail in the coffin of Tony Blair’s more moderate brand of Labour leadership, Mr Miliband added: “The era of New Labour is past. A new generation has taken over and it’s not about the old labels any more.”
The thing that every left winger and socialist forgets is that New Labour (as opposed to run of the mill Labour) won 3 general elections on the trot by basically no antagonising any social group save perhaps the English as a whole. It only started to go wrong when they kicked out the architect and replaced him with an incompetent who did not understand the means of keeping power is not to make an enemy of the people who tend to vote in larger numbers than any other social grouping. This in essence is also where Cameron failed as the middle classes of England are mostly EUskeptic and saw through his red lines and cut off referendums, they aren't as stupid as politicians would like to believe.
So, if Milliplonker is going to go after the middle class in an effort to impress the so called working class, he's onto a loser, they might be impressed, but they don't tend to go out and vote either, though truth be told, a lot of them aspire to be better off and escape their class roots, taxing the middle class means that there might be nothing worth aspiring too.
Still anything that keeps Labour howling in the wilderness is to be welcomed, we just need to try and get the Tories and the Lib Dems in the same place, at least until they wake up and give the people what they want, rather than what they think we want.

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James Higham said...

Sincerely hope it does that.

Barking Spider said...

What we need is for the coalition to collapse in a heap so that we can have another election - a Tory majority would see Cameron put in his place by the Right wing of the party - the Right wing that he has so aggressively sidelined in his own lurch to the Left.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I wouldn't worry about Labour of whatever flavour for a while yet. You see, in the last thirty-odd years there's only been one Labour leader out of the seven (including Red Ed) that have held the post who actually won elections, and that was Tony Blair. He did it by being rather right-wing for a Labourite, and by very effectively gagging his own party so that he could control what the public got to hear about Labour.

Not a single other Labour leader seems to have thought of that, or realised quite how gibberingly stupid and unappealing Labour's core values actually are. People don't actually much like being taxed, and Labour are a party of high tax, high spend and always have been; the key to getting Labour elected is to gag every single plonker in the party who'd blurt out this horrible truth and instead emit an anodyne impression of vague competence.

With a bit of luck, Tony was a one-off, and we won't see his like again. By then the Labour Party ought to have imploded.