Friday, 17 August 2018

Getting out of the wet mush


We have the good fortune to live in a society that for the most part is moderate and tolerant. People might vote Labour, Conservative or Liberal, but they can still get on as friends and colleagues agreeing to differ about such matters. The far-left sold a few newspapers on the street and plotted revolution in bedsits, but they could safely be indulged because we all knew that it wasn’t going to happen. The far-right might snarl from time to time like one of those pitbulls we have to occasionally pass warily on the street its owner strutting, glaring and looking for a fight, but the British electorate always rejected them. But now Labour is run by Marxists and some Jewish people are scared to live in a Britain run by Corbyn, the Lib Dems are nowhere and Brexiteer Conservatives are deeply unhappy with the party leadership. Where next?



The problem I believe goes deeper and further back than merely Brexit. Tony Blair tried to turn Labour into a centrist social democratic party. He rightly took the view that there were a lot of votes to be won in the centre ground. The Conservatives did the same. They too thought there were a lot of votes to be won by ceasing to be quite so Conservative. But the result for the electorate was that we actually ended up with no-choice at all. The difference between New Labour, the Liberals and the Tory Wets was practically speaking nothing. They all supported the EU. None of them really wished to reduce migration to the tens of thousands per year. All of them wanted to use economic growth in order to increase public spending. None of them were willing to try to do anything serious to eliminate the deficit and work towards lowering the national debt. This is the British establishment. It’s tribal politics without distinction and without difference. Tony Blair could equally have led the Conservatives or the Lib Dems, so could Nick Clegg and so could David Cameron. None of them believed in anything very much.

The temptation to always go for the centre ground makes a certain sense. It is necessary to appeal to a wide section of society in order to win an election, but when all parties become centrist do not be surprised when voters who are genuinely left-wing or genuinely right-wing seek another way to bring about change.

New Labour won over the country, but it never won over the party. This is becoming clear now. A large section of Labour voters, quite possibly the majority do not want social democracy. If they did, they would vote for the Lib Dems. Instead they want a chance to build a truly left-wing egalitarian society. If Labour had remained a truly left-wing party, I don’t believe that Corbyn and his friends would ever have had the chance to take it over. I think socialism is a disastrous idea that always leads to poverty and loss of freedom, but many people disagree with me. There has to be someone moderate for these people to vote for. If that someone had been a traditional democratic socialist we might have avoided the revolutionary extremism of Corbyn.

The same goes for the right. Many Conservatives became ever more frustrated with the mush of the “New” Conservative Party. David Cameron promised to reduce immigration to the tens of thousands, promised that Britain would once again live within our means and then make a profit, promised that membership of the EU would be reformed. But none of these things happened. It is for this reason that the country as a whole rebelled in 2016. Ordinary people saw Brexit as the only chance to bring about change, because the party system offered no change. In that sense the referendum in 2016 was a referendum not merely about leaving the EU, but about whether we should have more of the same indefinitely or whether we should finally have something different.

The majority of Conservative supporters want proper Conservatism. We don’t want social democracy. If we did we would vote for the Lib Dems. Those Conservatives who do want social democracy, Ruth Davidson, Nicky Morgan, even perhaps Theresa May might be better asking themselves why they wish to be in the Conservative Party. Is it simply because they like the colour blue, because I can’t find many other respects in which they differ from the Lib Dems or Labour moderates?

Conservative supporters overwhelmingly want the UK to completely leave the EU. Moreover there are large numbers of people who are not Conservatives now who also want us to completely leave the EU. Wanting to leave the EU is a huge vote winner. After all we won the referendum. If the Conservatives could get the UK completely out of the EU, we would win the next election by a landslide.

Theresa May’s Brexit in Name Only is the equivalent of Tony Blair’s Socialism in Name Only. It’s an attempt to fool the electorate by pretending that you are bringing about change when really you are not. Blair’s betrayed the core beliefs of the Labour Party membership. It is for this reason he is so hated and it is for this reason we now have an extremist leading the Labour Party. To avoid a similar fate Theresa May, or some subsequent leader must reaffirm core Conservative beliefs and distinguish our party from the social democracy of the centre. Let there be a genuine choice in British politics between Left Right and Centre. Only in this way can we maintain British moderation and trust in our democracy.

33 comments:

  1. Yes! I want my conservatives to actually be conservative.

    I had hopes for Davidson......but no, turns out she is a left winger and SJW.

    So there goes that.A

    And only Boris or Mogg could make the conservatives actually conservative again.....but the Tory, MSM and political establishment will burn villages if it means keeping those two out and are out to destroy both.

    Dark times....

    "How would you like your socialism, Sir?"

    "Mmmmmmm....dark."

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    1. Davidson will be whatever is best for her career......

      Again a not unreasonable piece from Effie, however the stark jump to the right acros politics,media and public in general cannot be so easily varnished over.

      The demonization of foreigners, heros like Tommy(not the Scottish lefty one) and the continual normalisation of fascist antics and extreme language seems to have been wholly missed by Effie. Much of it happening in the Tory party itself, however to soothe this charge I admittedly take that the majority of incidents in the party itself are on the loony fringes of Tory councillors and prospective Tory MP's.

      The idea of Mogg or Johnson as PM fills a Scottish nationalist like myself with glee. Fill your 18th Century boots and your top hat too if it pleases you.

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    2. To wish conservatives to be conservative is a manifestation of tautology. To wish Conservatives to be conservative, however, has for the past forty years or more been one of the great lost causes.

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    3. While it may well be the case that Ms. Davidson will do whatever best promotes her career, precisely what that might be at the moment is hard to say.

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    4. Smart money is safe seat down south when the inevitable Brexit backlash wipes them out again. Alternative outside bet is baby and retires from politics after losing all their seats in next GE post Brexit

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    5. Perhaps she could present a programme on afternoon TV, of the genre known as life-style.

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    6. Not with that accent, they already have Lorraine Kelly so the Jock box is ticked in that category....

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  2. Nice piece, well written...😎

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    1. Altogether a more eirenic tone than normal. This we must surely welcome.

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    2. It is vital that we be able to differ from people without calling them by silly schoolyard names, or wishing them to feel pain.

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  5. We know that such diverse figures as Lord Younger and Mr. Brian Wilson can not only agree to differ, but even, on specific topics, quite simply agree.

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    1. Wilson is in my view a terrible man and getting worse with age. Only Forsyth is worse.

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    2. In what way does Mr. Wilson inspire terror? Even if he does (and I am not in the least bit terrified of him), then surely this would make his and Lord Young's ability to debate, even to agree, all the more note worthy.

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    3. His ability to terrorise is not really my point. Its his dire drab outlook and his ghastly view of Scotland.

      A North Britain man to the core. The man who put a Union Jack on Harris Tweed.....of all things. That alone should have him banished.

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    4. I see what you mean. His late-career lapse into dismality inspires in me melancholy rather than terror. Corruptio optimi pessima, as they say. Nevertheless, we must not discount the merit of his work on behalf of the Gaelic and the people who speak it.

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    5. There are some folk in politics who should just go away as like old footballers past their prime, they never know when to quit.
      Every utterance or mistake erodes all the work done before. Admittedly for some of them the credits side is not large in the first place. Gordon Brown, Wullie Rennie,David Milliband, Mandelsson, Duncan-Smith von Perugia, Gordon Wilson, Jim Sillars, Alex Rowley, Wendy and Douglas Alexander(the former having actually done well in staying completely invisible post exit)....I could go on.

      On reflection who would be a politician, so disliked by some part of the community at all times.

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    6. There is a lot in what you say. Mind you, with one or two exceptions (e.g. Mr. Jim Siĺlars) we should have been better spared what they did *before* they passed their prime.

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  6. Indeed, on some points Ms. Kate Forbes would have been in complete agreement with them.

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  7. I know myself to be far from alone in jaw-dropping surprise at the characterization of Mr. Tony Blair, let alone the other persons mentioned, as of a social-democratic persuasion.

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    1. i believed it was relative positions to today's situation where the centre is quite some distance from where it was 20 years ago. :O)

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    2. And the denomination of the other persons mentioned as social democrats is ... expressions both fit for the drawing-room and succinct fail me.

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    3. At least no one accused them of being socialists... ...that would be too much of a laugh.

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    4. It would indeed - almost as droll as describing Mr. Jeremy Corbyn as a revolutionary.

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    5. lolz only when he is sleeping on the couch

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    6. That is an enigmatic picture, so it is.

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  8. Yep I remember as a trade unionist going for the most lefty idiot to represent us as you knew they would fight hardest for us in any dispute with management and it was the right thing to do. passionaye believing pols are better at doing their jobs So we the electorate must decide do we want a fighter (risk of extremism) or a midlle of the "anything" unbeliever (risk of stupour)?

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  9. While I am not fluent in the Greek, I must demur at your using the reflex of 'idiotes', the private individual unconcerned with the welfare of the city, to denote one who strives to ensure the welfare of their fellows.

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  10. It will be more than interesting to read this weekend's urbi et orbi, which we await avec impatience.

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  11. It is right that organizations strive to set up equitable and efficient complaints procedures. However, a complaint may include allegations of conduct including the indicia of some juridically palpable legal issue. How should we deal with the interaction between the two processes.

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