New Labour Is To Blame

But dramatic as they were, the BNP results should be analysed carefully.

They actually got fewer votes in the North-West and Yorkshire and the Humber this time than they did in 2004.

The reason the party now has two MEPs is because of the collapse of the Labour vote rather than any huge surge in support for the BNP.

It’s the same for the Tories in Wales. Their share of the vote increased by less than 2% – but Labour’s dropped by 12%.

Well done Labour stay at homes, couldn’t have voted Green (or Plaid)? Any left party? Maybe just Lib Dems for a giggle? You do get PR yeah? Something, can it really be news Blairite noeliberals have infiltrated the party and made it tory lite? Iraq was ok with you, but expenses were the final straw?!?!? Their handling of the financial crisis, because until then they had been socialists?!?!?! Jeebus! Ok you’ve been had, now get angry, retake the party, support John McDonnell, do something instead of sulking at home! You know what the real story is:- Turnout was only about a third of the electorate, so the verdict on our non-choice of different styles of neoliberalism is by majority opinion- no thanks, now imagine the possibilities!

10 Responses to “New Labour Is To Blame”

  1. otto Says:

    No, Rick.

    You’re to blame and I’m to blame. Look in the mirror and don’t shove the blame off to the easiest target. I’m sick to the stomach about this, but wheeling out the scapegoats just opens the door wider to the scum.

  2. RickB Says:

    I disagree, New Labour betrayed their core voters over the years and in this election many just didn’t vote even though they should have known as it was a PR system it would lead to the BNP having a chance. They could have voted LibDem or Green, the BNP where they won did not get more votes than before, it was lack of other votes that gave it to them. I voted, I told everyone to vote.
    Now to the extent we all share in our culture so our activities do have an influence on incipient fascism in society then we do all have responsibility. But we both talk about racism and fascism on our bogs and so probably to people we encounter in the 3D world thing, there are many who bear far more blame than us, our job is to wake people up and show apathy or ignorance is not a viable solution when these scum are on the make.

  3. jim Says:

    Rick, I find this argument that to stop the BNP I should prostitute my vote to any other party as a blocking motion very undemocratic. Most of us on this blog, I assume, detest the BNP with a vengeance. But to throw my vote to any of the main parties all of whom I consider to be attaking the working class and maintaining the status quo is simply too bitter a pill to swallow. Personally, I have rejected the system totally and don’t even have a vote as I throw away the form. That is a conscious, deliberate abstention. I believe the Australian voting paper has something like `none of the above`on it and that is how I would get out of it (if allowed) if we had that system. As to the Greens if I had a vote I could possibly have gone for them but not with much conviction. Some people will say that the allies died to give me the vote. My answer to that comes from my father who served in ww2 and refuses to vote himself. His comments are basically `I did not fight for those farts and that includes Plaid. ‘ I believe that by arguing that people stayed away as a protest gives far too much succour to the scurrillous bunch of politicians that inhabit Westminster. It is my contention that abstention in itself is a positive action.

    • RickB Says:

      You are right it is undemocratic but that is the situation we are in, we do not have representation unless we agree with neoliberal dogma. So into this decayed terrain the BNP step to suck up support with their lies and hate. I have abstained in the past but what I found was the parties and the elites are quite happy if you do, they will take even a tiny turnout and take it as license to rule. But in a way I am feeling positive, this might cause a new left coalition including labour left who will take some time, but will lead to a viable left party in a future general election. And I wonder if the thugs and grifters of the BNP might well implode with infighting and avarice with all the money they are going to have access to.

    • libhomo Says:

      Why not vote for a minor party that isn’t odious like the BNP?

  4. libhomo Says:

    After reading the Wikipedia article on the LibDems, I finally figured out why they had a slight setback in the latest elections, at least I think. Apparently, they have a social liberal and a market liberal faction. Their leader is part of the market liberal faction at a time when social liberal leadership would seem to be much more electable, not only because of the economic crises but also because Labor is imploding.

    Does this make sense?

  5. RickB Says:

    Yes absolutely, did you read about the Orange Book?
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7187287.stm
    That is the defining moment of that phenomenon. Also their leadership history of late has robbed them of a steady ‘brand’ that helps with media led politics.

    • libhomo Says:

      That explains a lot.

      A paragraph in the story shows that even the BBC has some serious rightist bias.

      “Indeed, before the last election, the Lib Dems were regularly accused of veering to the left of Labour on issues like tax rises and opposition to growing private sector involvement in health and education. ”

      “Accused of”???? It assumes that veering left is wrong.

      It looks like Labor and the Liberal Democrats both need leadership challenges.

  6. RickB Says:

    Well I think they take ‘veering left’ as tantamount to vampirism or terrorism, hard to argue with Chomsky/Herman’s propaganda model with examples of it like that. Clearly it is from the viewpoint of those who are centrist/conservative, it could of been written as ‘rightists factions have complained about policies they claim are too left wing’ or some such. Good old Auntie Beeb…


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