It is really hard to look at the Labour Party while suppressing the urge to laugh. Maybe one day Jeremy Corbyn will turn up to PMQ’s dressed up as Coco the Clown surrounded by a Shadow Cabinet consisting of a high-wire walker, a fire eater and a elephant not so much in the room as dressed in suit sitting down and Diane Abbott still being well….herself. However, seriously now for a moment, there is a real tragedy at the heart of Labour’s demise and that tragedy is real people, real communities totally disenfranchised and neglected, taken for granted having suffered years of misrule and if we are serious about replacing them as representatives of those communities we need to understand Labour.
First things first, Labour doesnt actually care about the working class as anything other than lobby fodder. This is why, when that paragon of democratic virtue, Mr Corbyn was given a choice in Walton in Liverpool to either promote a local candidate or parachute in a trade union bureaucrat, Mr Corbyn, of course, chose to, Kim Jong Un style, parachute in the bureaucrat. This is the same sincere and principled Mr Corbyn who cares so much about the Party that he leads that he has already declared that no matter how bad a hammering Labour receives at the polls he will stay on.
It is highly likely that Brexit will send the abusive relationship between the working class and the Labour Party hurtling through the divorce courts; there is nothing edifying about the condescending, emotional abuse that Labour politicians regularly heap upon perfectly decent and right-minded Leave voting communities for having the temerity to disagree with them. They will lose seats on June 8th by the truckload and deservedly so.
If we are going to build up a presence in these communities though we have to realise it is a long-haul. We have to be a constant campaigning presence and to listen. Our policies do matter but not as much as that, as building up relationships, and of actually succeeding with some delivery. If we are not willing to put in the hard graft, we are not in for the long haul then we might as well give up now. Labour basically represents the trade union bureaucracy and left-wing students both of which Corbyn’s policies would of course benefit immensely while leaving the rest of the country behind.
I am not convinced that working class communities in Britain were ever that enamoured by socialism. However, they are communities in a much more real sense than Islington liberals can ever really relate too and this is where alot of there concerns come from and alot of these communities either practically rely on things like the NHS or at least like the piece of mind them being there gives them. The NHS is a part of the fabric of the British national psyche and recognising that in no way should be a problem for UKIP.
As I have written elsewhere, the dream that UKIP can replace the Conservative Party is dead. However, the death of Labour does leave a gaping black hole in British politics and more importantly it leaves entire communities with no voice, we can be that voice and that can give us the sense of the purpose we so desperately need.
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