My last blog was admittedly provocative and for that I make no apologies. It is imperative that we get this awful government out of parliament and consign them to their rightful place – as an unfortunate footnote in history-books.
What has become apparent from my blog is that I need to clarify a few things.
Politically I am Marxist and this tends to influence what I would ideally like to see happen in society. I truly believe Marx’s model is the best – he understood capitalism better than anybody before him and his analysis of it is still definitive. Even dyed-in-the-wool capitalists admit that. Capitalism if unabated will destroy society and the world around us. That’s why I think a progressive socialist revolution is inevitable.
So why am I Labour Party member and why do I defend New Labour? My own knowledge of working-class history informs me that my ancestors died so that I could have a vote and my experience tells me that the Labour movement is a progressive struggle. Labour had to adapt to changes in order to be elected in 1997; the 1980s nearly tore the party apart. There are many things Labour did to achieve this that I fundamentally disagree with; I think Clause 4 should never have been scrapped for example, but in an increasingly gentrified society the decision was made. I disliked Tony Blair but I voted Labour and didn’t regret it because the alternatives were far worse. I will not apologise for voting. I’m a communist but I am not blind to the fact that Labour is a morally superior party to the Tories. Not voting is simply not an option for me; it would be like slapping my heroes in the face.
I didn’t particularly like the New Labour credo but I think politicians like Gordon Brown are essentially good men who have to do their best within an utterly flawed political system. Westminster tends to be a bubble, but the media exerts tremendous pressure on it, and it by-and-large that media is very right-wing. I have said on an earlier blog that socialism has been turned into a dirty word, Trades Unions which protect the rights of ordinary people have been demonised and the right-wing have even tried to convince us that the Human Rights Act is a bad thing – all of this is simply illogical.
The main problem is that politicians have become – whether they mean to be or not – too insulated from people who need to work for a living to understand the challenges we face and this is evident in how they have responded to George Osborne’s budget. One would expect Tories (and their LibDem hostages) to applaud it because it’s spiteful, nasty and it hurts ordinary people but Labour need to show far more anger about it than they currently are. David Cameron and his supporters shovel blame on Labour for the budget deficit despite all the evidence that indicates it was caused by neo-liberalist policies pursued all over the world, including the Thatcher administration of the 1980s. Labour should have but didn’t reverse these policies while in office, but imagine the protests from the right if they had? The right-wing media would have been hurling abuse at the party day after day and the Tories would have joined in with the smear tactics. That is the pressure that the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) is under, but doesn’t change the fact that they disappointed me in many ways when they were in office.
The current democratic model in the UK would not support a truly left-wing government and that seems obvious to me. There has been a lot written about the UK’s system, by far more learned people than me, but I don’t think a country where so much of the media is owned by right-wing corporations can be truly called democratic. Some would argue that people like Murdoch doesn’t have as much influence as claimed, but I would ask why both Blair and Cameron had their first meetings in office with Murdoch? This media bias is compounded by the fact that right-wing parties attract far more financial investment and this was proven by Lord Ashcroft’s donation to the Conservative Party during the last election.
There is no equality in the UK; this is demonstrably true by the existence of private education and health, not to mention a Royal family, an aristocracy and the House Of Lords. Isn’t it about that we admitted that we don’t have a democracy, we are still a class-ridden society and our entire system is opposed to equality? Our institutions need to be replaced with a more modern, less elitist model.
This government is the most regressive, backward-looking, anachronistic administration that the UK has ever seen, and everything they do will make matters worse rather than better. 22 millionaires, most of who were born wealthy, have no business representing the British people. They did not have a majority share of the vote – in fact the majority voted for centre-left policies, and forgive me if I’m wrong, that is what the country should have.
We cannot wait 5 years for this government to be voted out. This is not a democracy – it’s time to stop pretending that it is.