At the End of the Day

The Camerlot media are working hard to associate Labour with an extreme alternative. It’s up to Labour to show that radical need not be extreme.

There being an FA Cup replay* involving kwalertee bolls, kwalertee playuz and kwalteree parses tonight, it’s perhaps not surprising that I’ve abandoned data and profound intellect in favour of an emotional question.

As the awareness spreads beyond the Labour Party that Britain is being run by a shambles of bare-faced spivs, have you noticed how every last extra-Parliamentary demonstration of Opposition features Socialist Worker placards prominently?

The SWP are past masters at getting themselves a high profile via movements like the Anti-Nazi League and Rock against Racism, but in reality their membership and support are minute. That situation pertains because the SWP leadership is a living, breathing version of pinhead-angel Marxist v Trotskyist debate as memorably satirised by the Pythons in A Life of Brian.

One overwhelming measure of the Party’s failure in the UK is that – despite being inveterate opportunists and yet constipated ideologists at one and the same time – the SWP has never moved beyond being an international socialist rest home for outdated syntax and dialectical processes that mean nothing to British voters.

But there is more to this than the Socialist Worker’s talent for punching several tons above average weight in the media. As usual, the problem lies with the media set itself – which remains ruthlessly biased.

There is, in my book, a clear attempt here to suggest that, if you don’t vote Conservative, then the only alternative is Hard Left extremism. It is Maily Telegraph in its simplistic silliness….but to the dumbed down and/or smug sectors of the electorate, it will make a degree of sense.

However, equally worrying is that the ‘IS’ connection to Jeremy Corbyn and his followers is a very real one. To be blunt, it is a connection that the 25-40 year old family-forming voter doesn’t understand at all: for it belongs to the 1970s, which to them is as alien as the politics of the 1930s were to my generation when young.

This is the dangerous outcome of sclerotic Party ideology that cannot have or even entertain fresh ideas. We’ve seen it twice now this week in Parliament – at the  tax haven debate on Monday, and then its equally circuitous continuation on Wednesday at PMQs.There is a fight going on here between Young Tory Fogeys and Old Labour Fogeys. They are the same Trench thinkers from the First World War who retreated to Dunkirk in 1940, uncomprehended by the Young Tommies under their command.

The prize-fight is being positioned as a tussle between capitalism and socialism, but it is nothing of the sort: rather, it is a third-rate bout between globalist monopolism and globalist collectivism, two worn sides of the same debased Edwardian coin.

Can you imagine anything more silly than a slugging match between two old tugs to decide which will be the least irrelevant winner of the next election?

I ask you to fast forward to June 23rd, and a declaration of the EU referendum in the early hours of June 24th.

A vote to Remain in the EU will leave the Establishment intact: the Right/Left alliance secure and held together by a shared belief in BIG.

A vote to Leave will eject Camerlot from power, and render the Tories hopelessly split. It will alienate Labour as a whole from just over half the electorate, and leave both it and the SNP on the losing side. It could lead to a natural devolution of power to SMALL….keeping such a UK ahead of the curve away from supranationalism.

It will be tricky and traumatic. But it will be healthy. It will force the nation to turn away from rigid ideology and think again. It will reinvent a sense of adventure – and hopefully stimulate the voyager gene to a point where we can defy the globalist mantra in favour of community and citizen fulfilment.

Above all, it will give us the chance to do what Iceland has done: prove beyond reasonable doubt that the New Colonialism is deprivational and depraved….and that individual human beings can make the difference that really counts.

Earlier at The Slog: Half-baked ideas producing red-hot potatoes

*Man United beat West Ham 2-1

21 thoughts on “At the End of the Day

  1. Since when was the SWP “far-left”?

    I thought everybody knew by now that it is a sham organisation set up and funded by the Tory Party to ruin legitimate left-wing protests, demonstrations and political movements.
    Is not their singular failure to achieve anything in the seeming eternity of their existence proof enough?

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  2. A very, very old Private Eye cartoon has a vendor holding up a newspaper and yelling “Socialist Worker” . City gent holds up the Daily Telegraph and replies “Capitalist Bastard”

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  3. If you’re going to create anarchy,then who knows where it will go! but if you don’t create anarchy who wants to know where you’re going anyway!

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  4. “The prize-fight is being positioned as a tussle between capitalism and socialism, but it is nothing of the sort: rather, it is a third-rate bout between globalist monopolism and globalist collectivism, two worn sides of the same debased Edwardian coin.”

    I suggest you check out the work of Tim Ferriss “Four Hour Work Week” It blew my mind. The principle behind what he does is to set up small companies, then join the corporations and outsource the drudge yourself to India.

    Kind of don’t become a manager, don’t become an employee, but own the means of production.

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  5. I thought Boris Johnson and leading Tories led the Vote Leave campaign.
    So the idea that a Vote Leave win would eject the establishment is pure fantasy. The Vote Leave Tories would simply take over – and this time, there would be no EU as a counterbalance to corporate asset-stripping of the country.
    I’ll be voting Labour for the first time in my life at the next general election. I have come to the conclusion Corbyn is the only hope.

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  6. JW the capitalism v socialism argument is an utter fraud and the way it needs to be treated.

    Stripped away full on capitalism would be brutal and harsh and would have allowed Cameron to cut the benefits to the disabled and to put the WASPI to death because it is their fault they have nothing and nothing to do with the UK government not telling the truth for decades if ever. If you know the truth you can plan otherwise, without it well that is like investing money in a bailed out bank because the government tells you it is a sound investment.

    So what we have over a few hundred years of slow but gradual increments of socialist policies every one of them to placate the natives when in fact they would have nothing to live on and forced to fight to exist centuries before. In the 1800’s there was only a few 1000 teachers across the UK now there are hundreds of thousands. Good / bad is not the point it is the cost!

    The problem here is dishonesty once more, that hidden truth and a government that is a compulsive liar.

    In all this we a bunch of elites appeared, call them neocons, they see the financial opportunity to latch onto a socialist policy like privatising health on a compelled population. Then the cost surpasses what the socialist method truly costs as the profit is extracted whilst paying somebody less to do the work if they employ anybody at all.

    Only by repealing or making it a personal choice on wether to pay or not, maybe cannot even afford can you hold these neocons off and it exposes Obamacare in the US exactly for what it was, legislation to put your hand in anothers pocket and take what you want.

    That exact policy is the path Cameron who reformed nothing wants us to take with the EU.

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  7. Mark Deacon Mark NHS,Obamacare isn’t putting your hands in other peoples pockets,although that narrative works well for those who wish to destroy what capitalism can’t and in the whole of history provide universal healthcare,like car insurance if it wasn’t mandatory few would pay for it and accidents deaths caused would leave people destitute and unable to get the care required,NHS is just such a scheme,yes administered by Government.
    My Mother died last year from a brain tumour she had the scans the biopsy and was in the process of receiving palliative care when she died and is a static of one of those NHS deaths we hear about,at the same time my uncle in America also had a tumour the insurance company if and butted and he never even got the biopsy since they argued over what he was and wasn’t covered for and if his life style had any bearing on his condition,well the life style of the insurance companies executives certainly had a bearing on him not getting treatment and he doesn’t appear on the statics of dying within the healthcare system!

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  8. John
    I don’t have much of an idea as to were it is all going to end up!
    Massive imbalance developing ……………..with the country being flooded with stuff from the dark ages.
    No high ground to run to ………………..not too far down the line.

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  9. To my mind, it is the existence of political parties themselves that has subverted democracy. I am not represented by any of the parties on offer, and therefore am always required to choose the lesser of several evils. It has allowed special interest groups to hijack the political process, and ‘following the party line’ on all matters has become the mark of a ‘loyalist’ and thus eligible for promotion. The whipping system has meant that whoever controls that line can push through legislation that is clearly against the best interests of the majority. In this, the major parties are just as guilty as the SWP. The difference is that the Tories, Labour and LD actually get to implement their policies.

    It will always be a mystery to me how the Labour Party, founded by the working class to defend their corner became dominated by middle-class Oxbridge types who abandoned their core constituency and became what the Yanks term ‘Social Justice Warriors’. In the 1980s and 90s I watched the party become obsessed by the ‘isms’ of splinter identity politics – LBGQTAFA, feminism, anti-racism etc., while ignoring the blatant rape of the economy by the economic and political elites.I never understood for example, how Labour came to be associated with open immigration. There could be nothing worse for the working class than the influx of desperate people willing to undermine any union and undercut wages of the native population while at the same time threatening the stability and viability of that triumph of postwar Labour, the Welfare State.

    Corbyn has disappointed me on Brexit. It is ironic that Gorgeous George Galloway and Boris Johnson are making common cause and I have to confess, Johnson’s support does worry me. Bojo’s record would suggest no interest in either democracy, or in impeding the brutal onslaught of Neoliberalism/Crony Capitalism. You may well be right Tom. Brexit might make the final dismemberment of the public weald more viable, but I would like to believe resistance will be more effective on the national scale, rather than at the European level. That may be a moot point however, as any resistance requires a populace that is awake and thinks beyond the facile analysis of our supine press.

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  10. @the ghost

    That, to me is the crux of where we all find ourselves. I think, we all need to re-asses our global “Bottom Line”. At some point the “Wonga” became more important than the dumb apes that invented the concept. It was just a portable token of comparative, yet intrinsic, value we invented for the trade in the surplus produce of our physical & intellectual labours.

    We create our own Gods & then force all to sacrifice themselves to them… Now we are wondering back through our history to grab at bits of shiny metal again, rather than start to create a new surplus, & live again.

    How did we never manage to see the concept of shared common humanity, & march down through history to the point of total fiscal psychopathy?

    Probably just too busy concentrating on making money, I suppose.

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  11. Now that Vote Leave has got the funding to run its BREXIT campaign and perhaps more importantly the accreditation to speak for BREXIT on the BBC, I see a distinct possibility that Gove and Johnson only moved to support BREXIT so that Cameron can control the BREXIT campaign. This would mean that we have a staged managed referendum where the leaderships of both sides are acting with the aim that the UK remains a member of the EU. Let’s hope this decision is challenged.

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  12. “It will always be a mystery to me how the Labour Party, founded by the working class to defend their corner became dominated by middle-class Oxbridge types who abandoned their core constituency and became what the Yanks term ‘Social Justice Warriors’. In the 1980s and 90s I watched the party become obsessed by the ‘isms’ of splinter identity politics – LBGQTAFA, feminism, anti-racism etc.”

    Can: you need to understand and Google “Cultural Marxism”. It was introduced by banking interests to divide the people.

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  13. Tom
    1. First step is to eject the EU/EC/ECB/EG Fourka of lunacy. Voting leave will do that
    2. Boris Johnson is NOT Tory Establishment, he is Mr Loose-Cannon for most of them
    3. I do accept that the Toryleavers would take over and be even worse
    4. But I think ‘even worse’ Tories might at last get Brits off the sofa & into the streets.

    That’s what did for the Mad Handbag.

    We shall see

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  14. This construct is the one the international rich use to ensure that they control governments to do their bidding. They ooze contempt for governments, calling them (disparagingly) ‘Central Planners’. It is therefore somewhat surprising that they often have close associations with the Security Services, most notably the CENTRAL Intelligence Agency, which is one of the most inveterate Central Planners of regime change, contract rigging and warmongering on the planet.

    Perish the thought that the rich who hold property law so dear might be challenged by the fact that they hold ballot box democracy so cheaply. Especially if by doing so they impugn the rights of other property holders to uphold property law rather than having their assets taken from them to be given to those who uphold the principles of property law so assiduously.

    Rather than addressing the silliness of ‘far left extremism’, why not challenge the behaviour of those in power?? Focus ruthlessly on their own behaviour, their own corruption, their own derelictions of duty and their own utter lack of principles, as measured by their own behaviour rather than their mealy-mouthed words??

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