The problems with NuLabourThe New Labour project started as a method of making Labour electable again, by bringing under control their less, shall we say, thoughtful, elements. In government, it has taken that controlling tendency further. It is taking control of our lives.
- We are to be tagged, numbered and categorised; "unhackable" database?
- Businesses are to be regulated out of allowing their customers choices with legitimate products.
- We are to be subject to summary confiscations and surveillance
- Our right to protest has been restricted
- If they could, they'd ban us from mocking religion
- But they don't want us to "glorify" Bad Things
- The vaunted change of leadership is being set as a coronation
- They're even planning to bypass Parliament and change the law by decree
In 1997, I wanted Blair to win. New Labour appeared to be a refreshing alternative to a Conservative govt that had been in office too long and lost its way. Now I want the whole lot of them out of office. It's not just Blair. Traditional Labour voters are increasingly alienated and looking elsewhere or simply not bothering. Labour cabinet posts are being filled by careerist politicians who have never had a life outside the political arena.
Building a coalition of the willingI have argued in the past that the NuLabour has changed the face of British politics.
- Blair has taken them from centre-left to authoritarian centre
- This has forced the Conservative Party to embrace it's liberal/libertarian wing
- The Lib Dems are the opponents of Labour in seats the Conservatives can never win
Who's with me?Bloggers can play a role in defeating New Labour.
- liberal Labour bloggers can work within the party in an attempt to bring the control freaks to heel
- Lib Dem and Conservative bloggers can emphasise the links between the parties, and persuade activists to put aside old scores
- The non-partisan can continue to highlight issues and attack the govt on its record
In those seats where Labour hasn't a chance (hello Torbay), then such a coalition is not needed and would be damaging; the differences between the LibDems and the Tories must be emphasised, not hidden - this is of course essential to gain Labour supporters in their traditional heartlands anyway.
Defeating New Labour is doable. It's acheivable. But neither of the two main oppositions can do so alone; electoral mechanics say it isn't possible. I can't face living under NuLab past the next election. But defeating them won't be easy. Are we up to it?
Update: Follow up posts here and here.