Saturday, May 24, 2014

Local elections are a disaster for the ConDems

Although the ConDems has a very bad time in the elections this has been eclipsed in the media coverage. The Labour Party is in disarray. The response to the decisive defeat of the ConDems and the rise in the number of Labour Councillors has been attacks on the leadership.  Miliband's lacklustre leadership has been used as a pretext for the Blairistas to peddle their poisonous politics. And in the wings the man himself is waiting for the call. Tony Blair, or to give him his full title Mass Murdering War Criminal Tony Blair is ready to lead Labour into more cuts, more privatisation and more imperial adventures overseas. Just what the people need? No.

The commitment of the Labour leadership to continue the Tory cuts in welfare will probably not get the people flocking to the polls next year.

And the Faragistas are revelling in their victories. Nigel (If you thought the Tory cuts were bad wait until you see ours) Farage was photographed in most papers looking smug. In his case it is actually hard to tell. "I'll just finish this pint then it's off to dismantle the NHS," he seemed to say.

In other news the BNP were trounced, left with only one councillor in the country. Perhaps the racist vote went to UKIP. Certainly the BNP TV broadcast focussed on the message "We are the real racists, UKIP are just pretending to get votes."

In better news Southampton 'rebel councillor' and TUSC national steering committee member Keith Morrell has been re-elected to his council seat in Coxford, in a vindication of the bold stand that he, and fellow rebel councillor Don Thomas, made against the Labour council's cuts.

Up and down the country Lab, Lib and Con councillors are voting through cuts. It is not surprising that people are voting for UKIP when they are seen as "none of the above". Give them time and you will find out they are no better and in some ways even worse than the "establishment parties".




2 comments:

Steve Wallis said...

I know you wrote this before the Euro election results but the Labour disarray largely arises from a ridiculous article in The Guardian arguing that Labour is only winning in London. The Euro elections seemed at first glance to confirm that with UKIP getting higher totals in all regions outside London - but they all contain mainly middle class countryside areas as well as big towns and cities. Labour won all Manchester wards for example. Labour won more council seats than the Tories, Lib Dems, Greens and UKIP put together, and their targeting of marginal wards and wards within marginal constituencies mean they will do much better at the general election than percentages show.

This is partly an argument for proportional representation, which would be much better for the far left (e.g. TUSC and Left Unity) and Greens.

There is a deliberate plot ("conspiracy" if you like) to oust Ed Miliband in favour of a Blairite - as you say, although I don't think Tony himself would be a serious option. Perhaps Ed Balls, who was probably the architect of Labour's pro-austerity positioning...

I've done an analysis of the local and European election results which makes similar points to the above, and makes other arguments about media bias - including Russia Today (RT) incredibly pretending that Syriza are "far right" - as well as making some positive ideas about how to defeat UKIP. Click here to read it.

Steve Wallis said...

I know you wrote this before the Euro election results but the Labour disarray largely arises from a ridiculous article in The Guardian arguing that Labour is only winning in London. The Euro elections seemed at first glance to confirm that with UKIP getting higher totals in all regions outside London - but they all contain mainly middle class countryside areas as well as big towns and cities. Labour won all Manchester wards for example. Labour won more council seats than the Tories, Lib Dems, Greens and UKIP put together, and their targeting of marginal wards and wards within marginal constituencies mean they will do much better at the general election than percentages show.

This is partly an argument for proportional representation, which would be much better for the far left (e.g. TUSC and Left Unity) and Greens.

There is a deliberate plot ("conspiracy" if you like) to oust Ed Miliband in favour of a Blairite - as you say, although I don't think Tony himself would be a serious option. Perhaps Ed Balls, who was probably the architect of Labour's pro-austerity positioning...

I've done an analysis of the local and European election results which makes similar points to the above, and makes other arguments about media bias - including Russia Today (RT) incredibly pretending that Syriza are "far right" - as well as making some positive ideas about how to defeat UKIP. Click here to read it.