Almost two decades and the era of cocaine socialism still runs strong within the Labour party. Pushing one of those initial dominions in the Labour coup was Angela Eagle. Her award worth acting in which she sheds crocodile tears after a ‘heartfelt’ explanation of how Hillary Benns resignation in turn triggered her spontaneous resignation has to be admired for the talented display that one could almost mistake for human. Of course it completely negated the mention the registration of the ‘angela4leader’ domain name days before the beginning of the Labour coup. In a time where unity is needed Blairites look to their own self-serving interests and see an opportunity to undermine leadership that seeks to distance itself from its blue blood. No longer will Labour be undercover Tories trying to appear with the proletariat while really pushing a lite conservative agenda that doesn’t upset the bourgeoisie.
I am a 25 year old who had only ever submitted spoilt ballot papers since turning legal voting age, this is due to finding no rapport with any party but this week broke the habit of a life time along with 60,000 others whom have registered for the Labour party. Let me explain what’s changed.
The Labour coup instigators are cocaine socialism at it’s finest. I reference Jarvis Cocker, the lead singer of the band Pulp who coined the phrase ‘cocaine socialism’ after being contacted by a Labour Party functionary to receive some undisclosed endorsement in the run-up to the 1997 UK election that ended the 18 years of Conservative leadership. The Blair representative tried to convince Cocker to use his influence with the ‘common people’ to help Labour swing the vote and to appeal to those ‘hip young voters’ we all hear so much about. The title (variation from the phrase champaign socialism) is used to describe self-identified socialists who have comfortable upper-middle class lifestyles and their self-serving delusions of empathy and identity with the proletariat.
The first thing to understand is in the past Red Tories were electable. Think what you want of war criminal Blair, it was under his watch education in this country improved dramatically. In ’95 London used to be the worst place to go to school if you were on free school meals, with massive investment that changed and in parts of London kids massively outperformed the wealthier kids. More children from low-income backgrounds went into good jobs, employment rocketed and more people attended university. Public sector pay and career progression improved, hospital-waiting times were slashed and we excelled in science and medical research.
Yet I am still left with the bitter taste and disposition that the creation of New Labour was a great of achievement of Thatcher’s. She had convinced the opposition that to kill the cancer of the Conservative movement they needed to become treatment not unlike that of chemotherapy, effectively transforming itself into it’s own conservative brand poison in an attempt to be the least damaging of two ailments. Using the Batman methodology ‘To conqueror fear, you must become fear’ they relinquished their ideals and principles and changing to a ‘Tory lite’ approach, New Labour ensured that socialism was off the agenda and politics in this country had been firmly moved to the right.
Finally the Labour leadership has Corbyn, a great man with principles that are in the best interests of not himself, nor the party but of those who support the ideals of the Labour movement and the working class. This is upsetting to the poisonous right of the Labour movement because it costs votes; they aren’t going to be the ‘one size fits all’ because it’s only mildly uncomfortable to the right they’d like to be. They actually are forming some kind of opposition to their conservative counterparts which might not be as poplar to their buddies in Whitehall and would involve them having to have some accountability should they fail.
It should not be the mandate of the people to choose the least objectionable representative but actually to have someone who represents their views. I joined the Labour party this week to stand behind the working class people of this country who wish to renew their believes in the original Labour principles. To a movement that was created to ensure workers rights so that people couldn’t be forced to work long hours on low pay, a party that set up the welfare state with the National Health Service and nationalised a fifth of the economy.
So should you be joining Labour in its hour of turmoil and uncertainty? Well maybe your referendum vote might be an indication. If you voted leave due to some underlying xenophobia, my advice to you is seek help and stay away from politics. But if you voted leave because you believe the working class wanted to be heard or you wanted to send a message against the right wing agenda imposed to varying degrees to the people of Great Britain for the last 48 years then now your time to unite with the left and finish what you started. If one of the reasons you voted remain because you believe in equality and equal opportunity regardless of circumstance of birth or heritage and that we are better as joint a progressive force then you should also be looking to join the left.
I’m not tied to Labour blindly, nor do I ignore the many shapes it has taken or may take in the future… but I can’t ignore that under Corbyn there is a real opportunity to unite the left not only in the Labour supporters but a progressive alliance with the Greens, Plaid, SNP and other left wing organisations. If you are a one of the cocaine socialists whose stopped paddling, jump the socialist ship and stop being the dead weight in this progressive socialist movement.