Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Luke's loss of perspective

. Luke Akehurst writes an interesting if not rather obviously New Labourish blog. Today his guns are aimed squarely at Guardian readers and their concerns. Interesting how he spits the name of the newspaper out like a Daily Mail reader would which probably says alot about his perspective. His handle are comments by former Blair speechwriter, Phil Collins, who says that Labour is in the midst of a "tragedy". The root cause of this tragedy, Collins feels, is Labour being in the "thrall to the Fabian branch of its history for decades, even as its purchase on the world has loosened."

It is worth pointing out that Collins comments amount to much more than that and he does cite "a combination of strategic errors, political mishaps and bad luck." However, he does ultimately take aim at Brown and those who place their faith in the "benign" power of the central state. Now, Luke correctly says that;

"There were many reasons why people didn't vote for us in Crewe, such as being incandescent with rage about a botched attempt to double their income tax, or in despair that its costing more than they can afford to fill up their car or do their weekly shop."

His problem is that the message coming for the Labour Party is that the best way to solve these things is through 'Dour but dependable' Gordon Brown and yes, you've guessed it, his stewardship of the state. Another major problem is that this faith in the state permeates an awful lot right through to the mistaken belief that 'democracy' would be shot through the barrell of American guns to the hapless Iraqi's. So, in short Collins has a point though it is a bit rich coming from an ultra-Blairite.

In a situation where the working classes are deserting Labour in droves Luke's party is becoming increasingly dependant on the goodwill of the self-same Guardian readers he seems to loathe so much. Since that is unlikely to exist as Labour rolls on viciously attacking civil liberties left, right and centre (who would be a smoker and vote Labour now) it makes me wonder what Luke would do; furthermore these sought of issues may not be at the forefront of peoples minds but they almost certainly will demoralise the ever diminishing pool of Labour numbers who must be wondering why they stick around in the foreigner-bashing, ID card touting Party.

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11 comments:

Luke Akehurst said...
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Darrell G said...

Lol...but seriously is it not true that Collins does have a point...isn't it fair to say alot of Labour's activists were disgusted with Crewe and Nantwich (made me glad I left years ago)...just as there alot of Labour activists disgusted with and opposed to ID cards and who do stand in a socially more liberal tradition...and some probably read the Independant as well as the Guardian incidentally...

Meral Hussein Ece said...

This is the same Luke Akehurst, who wrote after Gordon Brown's last Budget in 2007, that 'the budget was even better than I expected...its a redistributive budget'
http://lukeakehurst.blogspot.com/2007/03/budget.html
Clearly the voters in Crewe didn't agree with him.

Luke Akehurst said...

Just for the record I read the Guardian myself. It's a great paper in terms of quality reporting but it's editorial position tends to be sanctimonious in the extreme and shared by only a small minority of the population.

The harsh reality is there are 400,000 Guardian readers compared to 4 million Sun readers and 3 million Mirror readers, yet the 400,000 think their policy priorities should trump those of millions of less well-off people.

Quite often the Guardianista agenda hijacks Labour and makes it unelectable by giving the Tories control of policy territory around tax, crime and defence. In these situations the people who suffer economically under Tory governments are the poor, whilst the Guardianistas can swan off to dinner parties unaffected, and flaunt their radical consciences without the need to actually deal with the tough choices of being in power.

The clue is in the party names: Labour was set up as the party to represent the interests of labour - working people and the trade unions. There already was and is a party for middle class liberals - called the Liberals.

Darrell G said...

Well I was in Labour Luke and I left and eventually am now a Liberal Democrat as you can see but I can assure you that my pay packet and relationship to the means of production still make me working class.

You failed to answer my points that alot of good Labour activists are not in-step with the party over these issues and that alot of Labour activists and MP's remain to be convinced on 42 days. People aren't always right and I am totally happy to stand 'with' the Guardian against the 'bring back the death penalty' mob of Sun readers.

Cameron's Conservatives are opposed to ID cards and probably will oppose 42 days too and they dont appear that unelectable do they?? However, i do agree with you that the poor would suffer under a Conservative one which is why I would never be one (scroll down, there is plenty of stuff against the Tories) but neither in good conscience can I continue to be Labour - I have joined what I believe to be the party offering the best progressive program there is and I would defend that choice totally.

Luke Akehurst said...
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Darrell G said...

I allowed that comment through (apologies to Meral) because I always think it shows somebodies argument is floundering when they reduce themselves to name calling so I think i will let Meral bask in the superiority of her argument...so we down to this now Luke?? How did that budget go from being 'redistributive' to a henious mistake....?

Luke Akehurst said...

Darrell

the comment about Meral was from the "spoof Luke" not the real one.

Meral Hussein Ece said...

Its the name I was born with, and the name on my passport.
Simple as, Mr 'Akehurst'

Darrell G said...

Fair comment Luke and I apologise to you for that....ive just noticed the different pics....

Darrell G said...

All comments by the spoofer have been removed and I will be extra vigilant in future...