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Labour Logic

May 10, 2015

“Oh Labour, if you were only clearly more right wing, pandered even more to business and loudly and proudly boasted about your appalling record in the middle east then I would definitely vote for you” is probably not an inner monologue that many had to battle with when not ticking the Labour box on their ballot paper last Thursday. Yet for some astonishing reason top ranking Labour members seem to think that returning to the good old days of Blairiteism (is that a real word?) is the answer to all the parties problems. Really Alan Johnson? REALLY? You think those of us who have stopped voting Labour have done so because your just not quite like the Tory party enough these days?

I speak only for myself here and possibly for the few people I have discussed this topic with who hold similar sentiments to myself, but the Labour government’s actions and narratives under Blair and the continuing narratives of austerity and cuts are exactly the reason I don’t see myself ever voting Labour ever again and I would imagine that many feel the same. The promises of returning (would it actually be returning, how much real change has the party gone through since Blair?) to a position that drove me and possibly many others away from the party would hardly seem to be the sensible answer. Whether Labour will ever win back the many seats they have lost in Scotland for instance is to be seen, however it would seem very unlikely that a dedication to austerity, pandering to big business and carrying out policies that Thatcher would be proud of will be the way to win those Scottish votes back from people who have chosen to put their faith in a party that campaigned on the grounds of being “progressive” and anti-austerity.

That said, I don’t think there is much Labour could do to win back my vote and I know some others feel the same.  For me, Labour has lost its significance, it no longer serves its purpose. Myself and others may be wrong, but the party has managed to project its self as a party that is far more comfortable having meetings with wealthy lobbyists than it is engaging in dialogue with ordinary people. It seems a party that serves the interest of the few, it seems a party that is happy to open the doors of privatization to education and the NHS, it seems a party that is happy to ignore millions of people protesting an illegal war, it seems a party that is happy to engage in the current anti-immigration, xenophobic and Islamaphobic narratives of UK politics, it seems a party that fails to offer an alternative to austerity, ultimately it seems a party that fails to be significantly different from the other mostly poor options currently on offer.

I suppose what I am saying here is, whilst the idea of ‘returning’ to the days of New Labour is ridiculous enough, whatever you lot decide to do as a party will probably never persuade me and many others like me to vote for you again. But the engagement and dialogue that smaller parties like the SNP, the Greens (and regrettably some far right parties like UKIP) and others are managing to do excites many of us and whilst they may not provide all the answers and may yet disappoint, you already have.

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