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WHERE DID IT ALL GO WRONG FOR LABOUR?

By Pete Moore On May 8th, 2021

For once I believe that the Labour Party might actually be sliding into oblivion, like the once-popular Socialists in France. For two decades it has been taken over by extremists. Today it represents only middle class weirdos, ultra-left fanatics and immigrationists. It is not only unrepresentative of the working class, which is culturally conservative, but hostile to it and scornful of its concerns.

The working class has woken up to this and walked away. Boris being interesting and fun and delivering on Brexit gave the working class the excuse to make the Tories their party for now and the forseeable future. The Tories should unashamedly claim the mantle of being the party of the working classes. Margaret Thatcher was elected three times to Downing Street on that basis.

She realised that everyone just wants to be left alone to work hard and better themselves. Labour is stuck hard in insulting and abusing anyone who doesn’t want hard-left, ultra woke policies inflicted on them. That’s why the red wall is gone and why Labour (yet again) got an absolute kicking across the country this week, in places where voting Labour was once an ancestral duty.

Many say that a weak opposition is bad for parliamentary democracy. Yes, but so is a party wildly out of touch not only with the British people but with the 21st-Century. Telling voters that Tory toffs will steal your bread was old hat in the 1950s, but that’s what Labour still does. So I think Keith Starmer is a magnificent leader who should carry on. Labour needs to die to allow a new, moderate-left party to fill that space. Labour is inherently toxic to decent people now.

11 Responses to “WHERE DID IT ALL GO WRONG FOR LABOUR?”

  1. “Flag shaggers”

    Precisely.

    https://twitter.com/vonderleyen/status/1382661289042907153

    Imagine if this was a Union Jack & plaster.

    The left would be in total meltdown.

    Flag shaggers indeed.

  2. The current opposition, being the Labour Party, make the Monster Raving Looney Party appear sane.

    It was only a matter of time.

  3. Labour voters still had to get past the habit, memory and dutiful feeling of voting Labour. They’ve now done that. The link is irrevocably broken.

  4. For once I believe that the Labour Party might actually be sliding into oblivion

    That’s been an obvious trend for well over ten years. The Tories started to break down the Red Wall in the 2005 election and made further advances in 2010 and 2015. With hindsight, the 2017 election will come to be seen as the last hurrah for Labour. They recovered significant ground although without coming close to winning because they fought it promising to “respect” the Brexit referendum result the previous year. Then they proceeded to do all they could to frustrate Brexit. That campaign was led by arch-Remainer Starmer who manouvered Corbyn to fighting the 2019 election with a second referendum as their policy. And the Red Wall gave them a hammering which would have been even worse but for the Brexit Party splitting the pro-Brexit vote in most Red Wall constituencies.

    In Hartlepool yesterday it was clear that the now defunct Brexit Party votes went to the Tories by at least 90% and that puts a further 20 Red Wall Labour MPs facing certain defeat in the next election, which could be as soon as next year but more likely in 2023. I expect the Tory majority to increase from 80 to well over 130. And a majority that size all but guarantees a further Tory win in 2027.

    So to all intents and purposes the UK is now a one-party state as far as Westminster is concerned. This will have many consequences, but two main ones will do for now. One is that it will give fresh impetus to the Scottish separatists. And the other is that the the Tories will become ever more brazen in their corrupotion.

  5. The interesting thing also is how Labour voters in the Midlands and the North are easily voting Tory. It’s as if it’s a relief. It’s not just a few people either. Brexit is part of it. Boris being a real, flawed person and not a politician from casting central is part of it. But it’s still an astonishing number of people who have comfortably cast off generations of political heritage/baggage.

  6. Predictably, the usual suspects on here are unable to comprehend that this weeks voting in the UK is a case of “anyone but Labour”. The Conservative Party has been a yuuuge beneficiary, but being the Party that exists only to be in power it has seized pick & mix policies from other parties in an attempt to be all things to all men/women/others.

  7. The interesting thing also is how Labour voters in the Midlands and the North are easily voting Tory.

    Yes Pete. It would be interesting to know how many ex-Labour voters who voted Tory for the first time on Thursday had previously voted UKIP and how many were first-time switchers direct from Labour. No doubt we will hear more of this from the pollsters.

    But whatever, it’s clear that Labour is finished as a party of government for this decade and quite possibly for good. The main interest in politics will be the various machinations within the Tory party. I still expect them to ditch Johnson before the next election.

  8. As someone (Macmillan?) apparently said, the opposition is in front of you in the Commons but the enemy sits behind you. Boris is an electoral asset until the day he isn’t. Sunak has had a good pandemic. He’s very cute. I’ve noticed he knows when to hit the cameras and when to lie low. No doubt he has his eye on the top job.

  9. Sunak is a shrewd operator for sure and it’s clear that he has his eyes on the prize. But his days of easy big-spending popularity are behind him as hard choices will have to be made in his post-pandemic budgets. The spending forecasts already made imply further austerity cuts, despite Johnson’s claims to the contrary. The NHS will not get the funds it needs to clear the backlog caused by the covid shut-down and social care will not be “fixed” despite Tory promises for “a white paper this year” going back to 2012.

    My money is on Jeremy Hunt to succeed Johnson. He was runner-up in the last leadership contest and he has been studiously loyal since then. And he has shrewdly refused to serve under Johnson, so it will be a clean break which Sunak would not be.

  10. Sir Kneel Starmer has stated “He will take full personal responsibility for Labour’s loss”

    So, he has started to fire those around him.

    Different day, same shit.

    😉

  11. Oh my days !

    The voters have let us down!’ – Fury as ex-Labour council chief blames public for defeat

    A DEFEATED Labour council leader has sparked outcry after claiming “the voters have let us down” following his election defeat.

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1433833/Labour-Party-news-Keir-Starmer-election-defeat-Boris-Johnson-conservatives