Opinion – Liberals still ignore the grievances of the ‘left behind’ – Nick Cohen – The Guardian

Here’s a thoughtful article from Nick Cohen in the Observer/Guardian, citing the analysis a Harvard scholar. When liberals were in power, they abused economic management and squandered on social policies – this includes the UK’s Labour Party and the Democratic Party in the US. Because of grievances, we have the populism of both the Far Left and the Far Right. Let’s face, the Labour Party is now more Far-Left than socialist and the Conservatives supporting Brexit have swung to Far Right politics. Populist parties ignore the truth – for them the end justifies the means. But surely there is no social and economic justification for liberals to champion the grievances of the ‘left-behind’? Meanwhile, conservatives argue that the left-behind are lazy and not prepared to chase opportunities. Being a one-nation conservative, I believe passionately in self-help, albeit with proper social safety nets for the genuinely needy. Surely, there’s a political imperative to remove laziness from post-Brexit Britain? In the great post-Brexit utopia, the right will expect inherited wealth to come to the rescue and the left will demand social handouts. Surely, governments of populist leaders of both left and right must  turn to revolution because the ‘end justifies the means’? Thoughts?

Labour is dreaming if it believes Britain wants socialism – The Guardian

Here’s a thoughtful article from the Guardian which is worth a read. The article argues that Britain’s property-owning older investors want to preserve the status quo and don’t trust Labour’s promise of growth in the public sector. Respectfully, the article misses the point. The battlefield will be for the votes of those likely to inherit from their parents and grandparents. Conservative strategists will promote fear, arguing that a Far Left Labour government will be revolutionary, seeking to steal the wealth of ordinary people and their right to pass it to their children and grandchildren. The battle lines will be over inherited wealth. But evidence is powerful too – despite much promise, socialism has failed to delivery to the majority –  it has pandered to its own privileged classes and elites. Thoughts?