The Party is now in the hands of those who nearly triumphed between 1971 and 1976. This time they have a built-in, self-made electoral franchise. My fervent hope is that the three main Parties wind up destroying each other. My sincere wish is that the country itself survives that.
The dramatic uplift in support for Ed Miliband, the GMB episode, and the stage-management of the result, do not encourage faith in this election process.
Some time ago, the Slog ran a medium-length analysis of the supporters who were (and will be) working Ed Miliband from behind. This faction within the Labour Party – and as of today, it is brutally clear that the ‘New’ epithet is dead and buried – is a reinvention of what the tabloid media used to call Looney Labour in the 1970s and 1980s. In a disturbing number of instances, in fact, they are indeed the very same people who turned local government into little Ruritanias – pompous, bankrupt and deluded – all those years ago. Hard-Left Socialism no longer being a saleable brand name, they call themselves the Progressives – and each other “colleague”, instead of comrade.
All the old bonkers Labour ideas are there – breeding one’s own electors via the public sector, hypocritical Union militancy, and lowest common denominator forced and quota’d equality….and above all, delusional belief in the harmlessness of the dangerous: thirty years ago it was the Soviet Union – today it is Islam.
The price EdM paid for this ‘support’ – in all its as yet barely investigated forms – was total and utter acquiescence in the Harman/Dromey/UNITE programme of both internal and external revolution. This is bound to polarise British politics: not since 1926 have the two offered ‘solutions’ to our problems as a nation been more violently antithetical. Over the next few days, the Slog will be investigating some of the unexplained things about this result – things already raised in media of both the Left and Right. At the death this afternoon, the maths once again seemed to confirm my ‘Dead Heat’ theory. But the earlier maths I saw did not.
Either way, the Blairites have been routed: no wonder Gordon Brown was chosen to be the warm-up act on the day. His reversion to ‘Labour, always Labour, and never anything but Labour’ is now complete – but in itself, the final placing of his enemies in a lead-lined coffin.