Labour policy is shifting ever further rightwards. That won’t and can't change as long as only tainted City money is filling the party’s empty coffers
Thanks for this "follow the money" analysis. It does seem to shed some light on new-new-labour.
I wrote to my last MP, Catherine West, who is a decent soul - and clever - and put all these points to her. She more or less said her object was to ditch the Tories; but I don't see the point if they are replaced by the present so-called Labour group, hiding their sin under the overcoat of the now very inaccurate name, Labour. nb I think we met when Sally was talking to us in Frome, Friends of Palestine, about the cafe and stuff - what a terrifying couple you must be to the world of self-servers and hypocrites! I understand Mrs. Starmer is a Zionist - do you know much about her?
A great Test Y Money (testimony), my friend, God bless you!
Did anyone seriously expect otherwise? A PM Starmer will continue the same policies as Sunak, but with More Woke!
HM Government's masters in Washington (concerning foreign affairs) and the City (for domestic affairs) will not allow anything else.
'Polly Toynbee made a similar case. “Lack of boldness”, she argued, is the price Starmer must pay to win, before he changes tack in power. Or as she wrote: “Without doubt [Starmer and Reeves] will do, as [Blair’s] New Labour did, far more than they dare promise while tip-toeing towards the finishing line'
Toynbee is fooling herself if she believes that bucket of crap.
Blair is hardly an exemplar to try to convince the Left of the party who left the party in droves.
Corbyn lead the party with the largest membership in Europe. To borrow from Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" we were half a million strong.
Starmer's ripped up the grass roots and replaced it with corporate horse shit.
There is more chance of my team, Birmingham City winning the Premier League and FA Cup double in the next 3 years than Starmer introducing a fraction of Corbyn's policies.
Where is there any chance of economic democracy under Starmer?
No chance of renationalisation. Just more PPI semi-privatisation. That ended well, didn't it? 🙄
We've seen what Starmer thinks of democracy in candidate selection, with his drop down parachuting in of Starmtroopers (sorry couldn't resist)
Remember when constituents could select their own candidates?
Sorry to veer way off topic, needed to get that off my chest.
Any road, Jonathan has already covered the issue on following the money and covered it well.
There is more chance of My team, Birmingham City winning the Premier League and FA Cup double in the next 3 years than Starmer introducing a fraction of Corbyn's policies.
A lot has been said and written about Starmer's desperate drive for power and pirouetting on all his policies to seek media approval. What hasn’t been discussed is the rise of fascist groups with a labour government in power. In the 60s and 70s the Wilson /Callahan governments with their austerity IMF driven politics provoked the largest rise of fascist groups both on the streets and in the ballot box since the Second World War. This virtually collapsed when Margaret Thatcher came to power. She knew what to do, her “ swamped by alien culture” speech was engineered specifically to regain the loyalty from the fascist right. It is true to say the Blair era didn’t provoke fascist resurgence but they weren’t austere times and he knew how to play the race card too . So the question is with a weak, vacillating Starmer government in power, pushing an austerity agenda, what will be the response from an angry and humiliated, nationalist working-class? Will it provoke a resurgence of fascist groups and fascist boots on the streets.
Will it be out of the frying pan into the fire.
Thank you for this, the voter has no real choice, whether you vote Labour or Tory it will make little difference to the lives of those that are just about surviving. We desperately need change, but I can see little hope on the horizon.
Thanks for the Driscoll interview. It became a a double feature with a Call Jonathan Pie episode. Let's hope that sense sells.
Excellent , valuable summary, right between the eyes. Great stuff. We really are circling the drain.
Nice article. Not sure if you've read any of the peer reviewed study "America is an oligarchy, not a democracy"..... It's kind of mind-blowing how many of their political decisions (no matter the party), benefit the top ten percent and how little benefit the bottom 90% (it was only 5% of all policies enacted into legislation that benefitted the bottom 90% of tax payers over a 20 year period, versus 75% for the top 10%)
This is where we are headed. The parties will fight over cultural issues but the same deregulation and tax breaks will continue until ther ereqoly is nothing left.
Those still supporting Labour (I used to) would do well to check out the influence of Tony Blair. His institute is clearly modelled on the business lobbying organisation the WEF. It has 750 staff, offices in many countries and the explicit aim of embedding people to influence government policy. And Starmer is cosying up to him.
Thankyou for this characteristically trenchant summary of the tragedy that has befallen the LP. I'm one of those who joined the Party when JC became Leader and the only reason I haven't yet left is that I'm in the one ward within my constituency of Cambridge that still unashamedly espouses socialist values (- Romsey). Last night, we had our monthly meeting and interestingly openly discussed the existential issues of the Party very much along the lines of your article. Thanks for your excellent summary.
Sir Kid Starver QC... Putting the national back in socialism...
The Unions need to step up their game.