OPINION: Labour Pain, UKIP Gain?
Yesterday, came the news that Labour has lost an eye-watering 17,000 members over the last three months. This includes 2,000 members in the North West which is usually considered a Labour stronghold.
Speaking to Politicalite, a Labour Party worker told the website:
The party is a total wreck, the far-left Momentum mob have destroyed Labour’s image.”
Instead of focusing on real issues, the party is in total internal warfare with anti-Semitism and this equality bullshit.
So, has the magic finally died for Comrade Corbyn? Well, we have to remember some context for a start; losing 17,000 members is bad but Labour remains the biggest political Party in Western Europe boasting a membership in the region of 500,000, measured against this the loss of 17,000 does not look quite so dramatic. It is also worth noting that the number of times Mr Corbyn’s obituary has been written is innumerable and still he managed to defy the odds at the last General Election. Furthermore, yesterday’s developments in the Skripal poisoning case may well vindicate Mr Corbyn’s more cautious stance and shift the mood music entirely against the government.
It would, therefore, be wise to put the celebratory champagne on ice at least for now. However, as I have previously pointed out, the tailspin of Labour into a spiral of Marxist madness does present a clear strategic opportunity to UKIP. So, now does seem like an apposite time to at least address ourselves to the question of how we can capitalise on the red team’s current woe.
At the top of the list, UKIP must be a democratic, open and transparent and meritocratic Party. It is currently none of these things, member participation is limited to the election of representatives, participation in the policy-making process is, for example, non-existent. Simply not good enough. Secondly, the notion that it is anyway open is farcical. Partially, this is a symptom of the communications gap. Voids are abhorrent and if they are left alone, they fill with dark matter, ie, rumour and speculation. Lack of openness creates suspicion and mistrust and neither of these things will be a massive turn-on for working-class Labour voters because it is all about trust and winning it ultimately. Neither will a lack of meritocracy and I think the conditions imposed on both the NEC and leadership elections reflect a lack of meritocratic spirit – if the only way to get ahead in this Party is to have money already behind you then this simply will not do or be attractive. Margaret Thatcher spoke to the hopes and dreams of working-class voters up and down the country and so must we and we must turn away from a secretive, quasi-Masonic system of governance.
Policies must reflect our values and as espoused above. Socialist policies aim to ghettoise the working class and keep it frozen in aspic as it is, our policies must speak to hopes and dreams. We can already offer to the patriotic working class voter ourselves as an ally in their cultural struggle to survive and be recognised as having legitimate values, against an establishment which seeks to atomise and demonise entire communities for holding perfectly reasonable views on Brexit, Immigration or Islam to name but three issues. Globalisation has done working class communities no favours at all and the economic devastation it has wrought is now being followed by followed by an attempt to culturally annihilate all those who dare to be different and this is really the rub, living is a battle to survive and these people need to have trust that we as a Party are and will remain on their side, that if nothing else, is the key to bringing them towards UKIP.