News reaches me that at a time of national crisis, the hard left now controlling the Labour Party have confirmed their immediate priority, which is removing any form of opposition to the sainted Jeremy Corbyn from its ranks. Not a meaningful strategy to prevent a hard Brexit, or God forbid preventing any form of Brexit. Oh, no. The comrades have signalled to MPs that despite the imminent calling of a general election they are moving at full throttle to remove from the party anyone who doesn’t bow at the altar of Jeremy Corbyn. Some priority.
This can’t surprise anyone with merely the slightest grasp of recent labour history who will understand the current condition. Labour, in the 1980s, whilst not controlled by the hard left, was certainly heavily influenced by it. The party was at war with itself as Tony Benn tried to take it to the far left. He got perilously close to so doing until Neil Kinnock stopped the rot but the collateral damage caused by Benn and the comrades condemned Labour to opposition for a generation and more importantly left the country at the mercy of Margaret Thatcher. The rest, as they say, is history. Now, we’re back in the same place, only now things are potentially much worse.
The hard left, led by old white men, most of whom are in their sixties, except the leader who is now in his seventies, have control at every level. Corbyn, Seumas Milne, Andrew Murray, John McDonnell and Len McCluskey control and indeed own Labour and have rapidly taken it to where Benn wanted it to be in the 1980s. As in the catastrophic general election of 1983, based on a far left manifesto that the late Labour MP Gerald Kaufman described, accurately, as “the longest suicide note in history”, the old boys have got the band back together and they’re touring again, playing their greatest hits. It didn’t work last time and it won’t work now.
We will have a general election as early as next month, of that there is no doubt. It will now be between the most right wing Tory party of our lifetimes, almost certainly aided and abetted by the far right English nationalists of Nigel Farage’s populist pop-up Brexit ‘party’ up against the most far left Labour Party ever. The latter is key: in order to fight on a hard left manifesto, the comrades who control the party, some of whom, by the way, are actual communists, want only true believers to deliver the message.
So, expect as the weeks go by before election day to see good, decent mainstream left Labour MPs axed in favour of the Corbynistas. Win or lose, the comrades at the top of Labour will be happy because the one thing they really want is control of the party. Running the country is secondary. They say they are building a movement. I’d compare the Corbyn Labour Party more to a bowel movement.
What’s it to be, then? Fully-fledged free market, small state, low tax English nationalism or fully-fledged ‘socialism’, as preferred by the coterie which owns and controls Labour? Both anti-Europe, both so far apart they actually meet on the extremes. The farther apart you get, the more likely you are to meet in the middle. It’s called the ‘horseshoe effect’.
Those of us in the mainstream of politics, which I believe includes most of us, although I could be wrong, want and need something better, a set of political ideals that benefit all of us. I suspect that most of us will compromise somewhere near the centre, that we will respect the views of others and prefer a better, more unifying way of running our country. Instead, the country is divided, as it has been since David Cameron’s disastrous decision to hold a referendum on EU membership and the failure of politicians to even try to bring us back together.
The two main political parties now occupy the extremes and that can only end in further division and disaster. I would never, in a million years, vote Tory under any circumstances whatsoever, but neither would I now vote for the Labour Party I have always supported and, for much of the time been a member of.
I hate the way our country has gone and I hate the way Labour has gone. The future is so dark I can take off my shades.