Blairite propaganda that ‘Miliband paid price for lurch to left’ is nonsense

It’s already being said by the Blairite rump that Labour lost because Ed Miliband took the party to the left.   The fact is that the New Labour governments were well to the right of the vast majority of Labour supporters, and clearly needed correction, but let that pass.   This last-ditch attempt to re-launch the manifestly failed Blairite project ignores the meaning of everything that’s happened in the last 5 years.   Ed Miliband was right to see that the banks and finance sector, the corporate elite, and the media had far too much power and had abused it by inflating their own income and wealth at the expense of everyone else and by seeking to suppress all those forces, notably the trade unions, that stood up for the poor and dispossessed.

He was quite right to see that a de-regulated predatory capitalism had run amok and needed reform.   His decision to freeze energy prices, cap private rents, replace a minimum wage by a Living Wage, end the bedroom tax, phase out zero hours contracts, double the number of houses being built, and begin to reduce inequality by the mansion tax and abolishing non-dom status were all extremely popular.   He had the guts to take on Murdoch (and win) over BSkyB, the Tory tabloids over Leveson, and Cameron over starting another Middle East war in Syria.   No other leader in Opposition, including Blair and Thatcher, would have dared to take such risks, and won.   We need more Ed Milibands, not less.

So what would the Blairites have done?   Their strident argument on the economy was that big cuts needed to be made to pay off the deficit, but that New Labour would ease the pain by cutting ‘less far, less fast’.   This is the worst of all worlds.   It implies that Labour accepts the Tory framing of the election that Labour caused an almightly economic mess, that the deficit is now the central issue and that deep cuts in pay, benefits and public services were the right way to deal with the deficit.    All these claims are fundamentally wrong, but by not challenging (because they agreed with it) the relentless repetition of these Tory lies Labour left millions of undecided voters to believe either that there was no difference between the two parties or that Labour could not be trusted with the economy.   It was this fear factor that swung the final vote.

 

11 thoughts on “Blairite propaganda that ‘Miliband paid price for lurch to left’ is nonsense

  1. I have just been looking through the pictures of London protests at what is perceived as a “bent” general election result. Lot of people think this: But remember the immortal words of none other than Comrade Djugashvilli, that:- “Voting changes nothing, it is those that count the votes that matter”. How true. Especially in the US. But with our postal voting corruption and ballot box stuffing, how far are we behind the US on stolen elections? Yes, cynical, I know, but………

  2. Yet you still have those tb in the party isnt it strange privitising all didnt work allowing those big yanky companies into government contracts made us poorer in jobs and wealth they take the proffits offshore so yet again we are poorer for it yet has you said ed should have rid himself of all banksters and profiteer s who now pay the party you all allowed greed into the party that itself has done the party in not the conservatives strangely the tb are blaming ed but untill they are removed or the unions put forward another party who will stand up for the poorthen has a party the little tory party ffinished jeff3

  3. Without getting too involved in an inevitably messy autopsy, the choice of Ed Miliband was a complete disaster and it’s both incredible and indicative of just how far up their own rectums the labor leadership were/are; that policies aside, I always felt that anyone with that much personal baggage, (being a multi millionaire property speculator and the son of Jewish/Polish refugee, who was brought up watching Dallas in the US, now living in a £2.6 million North London mansion, who’s never had to do a real days work in his life,) hardly screams traditional British socialism or ever showed any real understanding or empathy for the real lives and interests the UK working class, (every time he opened his mouth he seemed to say something even more incalculably stupid than the last; from rubbish about zero hour contracts to the rubbish about the minimum wage,) and that without the religious and ethnic issues implicit in a country with such a significant and important Muslim minority.

    Contrary to the Blair-Labor narrative, Labor probably lost the election mostly because they’ve now moved well to the right of late Margaret Thatcher at her most completely barking, not so much because they they’d swing to left.

    Other issues aside; Traditional British democracy, (like American,) depends on a healthy and vigorous 2 party system and when Labor sell out to the extent that they all did under the end Blair government; are all but indistinguishable in practice, policy from the government and are all drawn from exactly the same narrow and exclusive socio economic group and educational backgrounds, (all those public school boys and girls with their PPE’s,) then democracy is de facto, dead in the water and god help the rest of us.

  4. I just saw Mandy the dark angel telling us that Miliband did well it was not his fault and then in the same breath telling us he killed off new labour that was why he lost.

    then he said in the next deep breath he was against Trade Union in the party paying money , but of course Mandy is not against Oligarchs and money just trade Unionists .

    then the most right wing Progress Drone in Chuka comes on telling us the issue funny how they people did not say much when they had the chance, now of course they can all see the benefits of being a leader, look at what Blair did after leaving power, bet a few of those progress drone will be hoping to don the same.

    Perhaps the SNP are the new socialist, or not, and labour are what they are a busted flush which time has been and gone and Now progress the right wing arm of the labour party can do better lets see.

    Whom will win the left or the right and if the right loses will they stand alone as the progress party… bet they ask for Union funding.

  5. Ultimately very few people could bring themselves to make Ed Milliband Prime Minister. Hopefully his successor will have more charisma (although it would be difficult to find someone with less, unless they choose a filing cabinet).

  6. The moment Ed Miliband was selected as leader, Labour were going to lose. A millionaire who tries to show empathy with the poor and then does a interview and shows off his two kitchens. A lot of poor people barely have a can of beans in their fridge, never mind two kitchens. having Ed balls as Shadown Chancellor was a mistake. Economies all over the world went tits up but Ed Balls was still part of the group that were in charge of our economy and never took any responsibility even if a bit. Laim Byrnes letter to his successor which said: Dear chief secretary, I’m afraid to tell you there’s no money left. That note was carried by Cameron wherever he went.

    Labour could not be trusted. Nevermind the undecdided voters. The way Labour have treated it’s members in Birmingham, which I can personally vouch for is a disgrace. They selected a candidate who lied to make sure there was no vote selection, and that it went to a interview with the NEC in which he knew they would side with me because the other candidate was new and unproven. I believe in Karma and the election result was Karma. When you treat your own party members like scum, then one deserves everything. Complaints were made, and I finally got a response to my complaint from the woman who told me to complaint. That sums up Labour. The invidual stated that she was not going to deal with the matter until after the election. The majority of the members wanted the councillor out, but Labour wanted to keep him. it is the members that keep the party going, with fees and donations and then we are the ones who get treated in such a bad way.

    The rigging of selections should have been stopped years ago. It is still going on but brushed under the carpet. The organisers in Birmingham have been involved in such dodgy selections over the past decade, that they all need to be removed.

    How could the elctorate trust a man who had stabbed his own brother in the back to become leader. If one can treat his own flesh and blood in the back he is untrustworthy. Once again karma came back.

    Things happen for a reason. This is Labours chance of a fresh start. To clear house and get fresh new blood in. Will they do it, only time will tell. But I for one a Labour member, which is pointless to me but out of family duty I am, do not trust the Labour party.

    I hope the new leader can bring back back some trust .

  7. Finding the ‘perfect’ leader won’t solve Labour’s problems. The Labour Party must become a movement again, rooted in communities, like Podemos or Syriza. It can be a party of aspiration and compassion; after all, it’s difficult to aspire to anything if you can’t afford health care or food. Labour should be the party that opens the doors to opportunity as it did in the 60s and 70s when it built Polys and Unis and allowed all children to take school exams.

    The modern LP aspires to be a party of the Establishment, isolating itself in Westminster, hobnobbing with the media and attempting to imitate the Tories. The LP can only survive and prosper if it doesn’t do this; the Conservative Party’s core constituency are the very people and institutions that Labour has tried so long to court whilst ignoring the people is what meant to stand up for.

    Labour should by all means reach out to ‘Middle England’, but it needs to dump its wooing of the Establishment and send it bigwigs home, back to communities, even (and especially) those where blue and purple seem to be the predominate colours. Let’s see Labour councillors and MPs setting up foodbanks or running community centres. Let’s see them, and ordinary members, showing our natural constituency who has its best interests at heart. Sucking up to Murdoch or the City is doomed.

    Democracy in the Party is virtually non-existant. Ironic, then, that it is described as a ‘democratic socialist party’. Return democracy to members and supporters and they will feel like it’s their party again and not a party of the Establishment.

    If the Movement isn’t, in fact, a movement then the Labour Party will die. It needs to cut its ties with the Establishment.

  8. “So what would the Blairites have done? Their strident argument on the economy was that big cuts needed to be made to pay off the deficit, but that New Labour would ease the pain by cutting ‘less far, less fast’. This is the worst of all worlds. It implies that Labour accepts the Tory framing of the election that Labour caused an almightly economic mess, that the deficit is now the central issue and that deep cuts in pay, benefits and public services were the right way to deal with the deficit. All these claims are fundamentally wrong, but by not challenging (because they agreed with it) the relentless repetition of these Tory lies Labour left millions of undecided voters to believe either that there was no difference between the two parties or that Labour could not be trusted with the economy. It was this fear factor that swung the final vote.”

    The Blairites condemn the left for their own mistakes, the man in the street that voted Tory said they did not trust Labour with the economy, meaning the deficit. That of course was the Blairite legacy, and now the Blairites want to return and give us more of the same. These Neo-Liberals in fact are the servants of the corporate sector and use their position in the Labour party to further other ambitions of taking directorships on private company boards. In other words TAXIS FOR HIRE.

    We need these Blairites like we need a hole in the head, funny how quiet they were leading up to the election, I didn’t see them pounding the streets fighting for the homeless, out in the front line defending the NHS like John McDonnell, but I’ll bet you will see their names linked to boards of privatised companies in the future. Like past Blairite members.

  9. The fact that so many more young and old British homeless is rising but not getting registered,sanctions on a whim for ridiculous excuses,none of this is logged and they don’t get included in the census,as they effectively have been turned into ghosts,not registered,this is what needs to be put out there too many 0hour contracts ,that’s just a medieval state of mind its got to the stage where English ,British are ensuring that we move over and let immigrants takec everything we should have ,we are now being jossled around to keep us from The sanction which lets face it is an easy way of showing unemployment going down because you stop people’s benefits for no reason apart from the bullshit they say you’ve done or not done ,they find reasons and are ruthless ,not to foreign immigrants they get everything and blatantly go back to the hole the crept out of to build a home on the benefits they revive ,my God how is this ok

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