It’s not often that I agree with the awful Tony Blair. Ever since he left office, he keeps sticking his oar into the political scene – from trying to overturn Brexit to pushing for vaccine passports – have put him on the wrong side of history.
But after Labour’s pitiful showing in last week’s elections, Blair has identified a key problem with his party: the whole ruddy thing is far too politically correct. A few days ago in the New Statesman, the former prime minister wrote that the party’s ‘cultural message is being defined by the ‘woke (I am never quite sure what that word actually means apart from everything with which I and many others disagree) left’ – which is a huge gift to the right.
‘People do not like their country, their flag or their history being disrespected,’ wrote Mr Blair. ‘Not because they are mindlessly nationalistic, or believe that everything their country has done is good. But rather because most people understand that it is unwise to impose the thinking of today on the practices of yesterday.’ That was his argument and for once, he hit the nail on the head. What on earth have the largely imagined wrongs of Britons who lived centuries ago got to do with modern living?
Ultimately, according to Blair, ordinary people are ‘suspicious that behind the agenda of many of the culture warriors on the left, lies an ideology they find alien and extreme.’ Worse, whenever the woke left loses ground, instead of reflecting on where it has gone wrong, it doubles down: losing ‘gives them a heightened sense of righteousness, like political kamikaze,’ He argues.
According to the former prime minister, Labour has now become so intolerant, its members so convinced of their own moral purity, that it has no place for liberal or moderate critics of extreme wokeness. And this is a huge turn-off for voters. ‘A progressive party seeking power which looks askance at the likes of Trevor Phillips, Sara Khan or JK Rowling is never going to win,’ he wrote and I fear he is correct.
Will any lessons be learned? I tend to doubt it.
The Labour Party at the moment is a beaten shower. There is no sign that it has learned anything at all from its catastrophic hammering at the last general election in 2019 and Labour leader Keir Starmer is under huge pressure as a result. Yet it is all his own fault. Why does he allow the fanatical PC brigade to take control or is he perhaps secretly one of their number?
After all, Bunter J’s government should have been at their most vulnerable after their complete mishandling of the coronabug crisis and a series of corruption scandals swirling around the prime minster’s head, but the British people seem to like a lovable rogue and Bunter J continues to ride on the shirt tails of the vaccine triumph that owes everything, not to a politician, but to the bog-snorkelling lady, Kate Bingham
I am still waiting to see if she gets any reward for her efforts dammit!
But back to Labour. The party should surely be focusing on its working-class heritage. Workers are the people they need to support. Whether they work stacking shelves, in warehouses, driving taxis or buses, in factories, are skilled, semi-skilled or have no skills at all – those are the people Labour was formed to represent and help – not the wittering Lefties who brook no disagreement from anyone about their politically correct ideals. Labour has been moving away from the working people for years though, which is predominantly why the ‘Red Wall’ has crumbled and why those working people do not want anything to do with them any more. Instead of supporting the working class, Labour is re-examining the very identity battles that they went through in the 1970s.
If one thinks about it there is still a great deal of radicalisation going on in the Labour party and they are still hammering away at worn out themes. Their members are being urged away from the mainstream of public thought and opinion and instead of reading and listening to the mainstream media are concentrating on that awful social media instead. There, the ethnic minority groups are urged not to integrate into society and as a result they are being isolated. Can Starmer and his crew – whoever they may now be – do anything about that? They have to dammit! I have never been a Labour supporter – or Conservative for that matter – but if this country is to have an effective democratic system, it needs a working and effective opposition wherein its younger members have to ignore the current wide spread nonsense about Islamophobia, Racism and Trans whatever they call it and concentrate on just being upright citizens. At the moment, they are too distracted by their enforced victim mentality and if Starmer and Co do nothing to empower their young people not to be afraid and instead to see themselves as individuals who can progress, I fear the Labour Party will crumble into total obscurity and that will be another piece of British history gone for ever.
This is not really my country although it has been good to me but my children and grandchildren have their futures ahead of them and I would hate to see them living in a one party state as I have lived a goodly portion of my own life in a one party state.
I do not see Bunter J as a Mugabe or Mnangagwa – he really is not strong enough – but he does remind me of that other hapless buffoon, Bishop Abel Muzorewa and look what happened to him. He was bamboozled and thrown out of power by the British so be careful Bunter.