A few years ago, I was standing on the terraces at Twerton Park watching Bath City play when I found myself chatting to an elderly man who I didn’t know. He told me he came down from his home in London to watch his beloved team play in Conference South. “Hello, Ken,” said a passing supporter. Then it dawned on me. I was talking to Ken Loach.
I’d kind of admired some of his early work like Cathy Come Home and Kes but everything else he had done in the last 40-odd years had left me cold. And I then remembered his politics and asked him about it. He made some extremely derogatory remarks about the Labour Party in general and Tony Blair and Ed Miliband, who was then Labour’s leader. In fact, he hated Labour so much, he even campaigned against it, supporting fringe ultra left parties instead. Now he is back in Labour and I am glad I am not in Labour with him.
His long anti-Labour campaigning should in itself have denied him membership of the party. He has fought to prevent a Labour government because he didn’t feel it was left wing enough. In other words, he actively conspired with the Tories to impose years of vicious austerity on working people, in particular the weak and vulnerable, the sick and the disabled. And, in common with his fellow hard left luvvies, it mattered not a jot whether or not Labour won. He could always afford it, even if the proletariat he pretended to care about could not. Now that the hard left controls Labour, Loach is back in what has become a middle class led socialist party, run almost exclusively from London.
Loach supports anti-Semites like Jackie Walker who have been suspended by Labour, urging that not only should she have the suspension lifted: she should be handed a significant role in the party. And today, Loach along with UNITE general secretary and chief Labour fixer Len McCluskey had the brass neck to say that people were using anti-Semitism as a means to attack the leadership. I find that utterly breathtaking that senior officials in the Labour Party can say anything like this, at a time when racism in the country has grown at an alarming rate.
The hypocrisy of Loach know no bounds. It was only recently that he viciously attacked Radiohead for playing a gig in Tel Aviv, yet at the same time his own movie I Daniel Blake was playing there. This is what you get with Loach: a man who campaigns against Labour when it suits him and a man who condemns others for playing shows in Israel whilst at the same time he makes money from his own movies. Do as I say, says Loach, but not as I do.
In so many ways, Loach represents Corbyn’s Labour. Dangerously tolerant of anti-Semitism, a Trot in Labour clothing and a Class A hypocrite. And the fact that Labour has embraced this horrible little man tells you all you need to know about the direction of travel of the party under Corbyn and the comrades.