So, we’ve had enough of the ‘C’ word recently, ranging from the evil Tory cuts to Labour’s nameless ‘****’. This week at the TUC conference in Liverpool, our great leader finally removed his head from his backside and confirmed what we all knew already – that yes, a Labour government would also have to make cuts.
Insert the usual, worn out platitudes here as you see fit………
What Brown would therefore have us believe is that the choice is between immediate, savage cuts from the Tories, damaging any chance of sustained economic recovery; or kinder, fluffy Labour cuts.
Of course, one would naturally think that this was a key decision for the voters of this country with an impending general election around the corner.
The main problem with this is very simple. So, so simple.
People don’t care what Labour says anymore. Voters across this land, quite frankly, couldn’t give a flying fuck about this government anymore, or more importantly, the distinction between Labour or Tory.
They just want this inept administration to quietly take their belongings and leave…..
Sooner, rather than later….
Anyone who knows me, should be fully aware of where I stand politically – somewhere, 0ver there on the left. However, even I realise that we are going to be stuck with at least ten years of Tory government following the next general election. Even the most optimistic Labour supporter, in their heart of hearts knows this to be true; even if they won’t admit it in public – and let’s be honest here, those of my comrades who still think Labour can win, are frankly deluded, however well intentioned.
Don’t get me wrong; a Tory administration is a depressing thought. Especially a Tory party with the potential to lurch back to the right once back in power – an inevitable outcome with the likes of Hannan and Dorries.
In a blog post written at the time of the Crewe and Nantwich by-election last year, I made the point that the best thing for Labour would potentially be to spend a period in opposition. This would provide a chance to re-group and move forward. Of course. this is now far more definite, and Labour must act carefully, yet decisively – a move back towards the centre left, Blairite wing of the party could spell disaster, and lead to an even greater spell in the wilderness.
The party has lost contact with the very people who’s votes they depend on the most. Those very people who, during these troubled times are hurting and suffering the most. These are the people who no longer trust this tired out, u-turn prone government – these are the people who will prove to be Browns downfall.
Not by voting Tory, not by voting for the Lib Dems, UKIP, Greens, or God forbid, BNP. No, Browns apocalypse will happen very calmly and simply. Killed by apathy. The Labour vote will stagnate. They will simply stay at home. Unable to rely on support from Clegg and the Lib Dems, Brown will be consigned to history as one of the worst Prime Ministers this country has ever had the misfortune to have. It remains to be seen whether he will survive the upcoming party conference later this month – I would suggest so. As was shown earlier this year, Labour MP’s just don’t have the stomach, or the guts required to wield the knife; although, as far as the outcome of the general election is concerned, this will make little difference.
It’s simply time to go……..