Here’s an important read from veteran left-winger, Polly Toynbee. She asserts that as reality bites, Conservative Euro-fever continues to rage, with pros and antis both rampant, Labour must stand by but be prepared to step in.
Whilst I relate to some of Toynbee’s observations, I fundamentally reject the thrust of her argument and conclusions.
Jeremy Corbyn and his radical Far Left supporters, who infiltrated the Labour Party, are lukewarm on intervening on Brexit in the national interest – they prefer to step aside and let Theresa May‘s government implode, hoping that they can bring revolution to the UK.
Many observers have noted that socialists have become the new conservatives, trying to preserve a welfare state that has been discredited by abuse and inefficiency. Other observers see the Conservatives as the real reformers – but years squandered on austerity missed opportunities for serious reform. Personally, I think that the right-wing of the Conservative Party, pandering to hedge-fund managers and newspaper owners, are no longer true conservatives, protecting traditional values and way of life – they’re self-interested bigots.
With both Labour and Conservative discredited in voters eyes, many turned in desperation to populism in both it’s left and right wing versions. But populism is based on false news, absence of evidence and ugly rhetoric, often targeting minorities. The best hope for the future has to be liberal social and economic policies, protecting the institutions of law and government, and recognizing today’s social challenges. We must reject both revolution and blind pandering to tradition, respecting wider national interests and social challenges.
The best hope for the future is in radical politics, avoiding both revolution and blind traditionalism. But the UK Liberal Party has long since lost its way and has limited wider appeal. Unlike Polly Toynbee, who’s ready to unleash a revolutionary Labour government, I’m waiting for the birth of the ‘Radical Centre‘, perhaps headed by a British Macron, with the support of business and a wide cross-section of society. ‘En Marche’ is translated to English as “Forward!”, “Onward!”, “Working!” or “On The Move!” (source Wikipedia)