Strong view warning. I did leave this a few days with the intention of toning it down once I’d calmed a bit. It turns out I haven’t calmed at all, so here is what I think about this issue in its uncensored glory.
I am sick to death of this progressive alliance / coalition rainbow nonsense. The road from 2010 seems to me at least to have demonstrated that Labour is the alternative, and all other supposedly anti-Tory parties are just sapping at Labour’s power. Nye Bevan News even went so far as to suggest a coalition of “63%” that includes UKIP!!! The poor bloke would be turning in his grave if he thought a publication taking his name would even imply that a crypto-fascist political party that has stated its intent to privatise the NHS several times having any more power is an acceptable risk!
I could understand, but never condone, this attitude in 2015 at least because of the mistaken impression that Labour were Tory-lite. But, since getting Corbyn, I think the progressives have a moral obligation to complete their entryism and back Labour.
But, clearly I am in the minority of the sane: those with memories and an ability to avoid agreeing with something just because it is a meme. For this reason, I’m going to pretend that in a first-past-the-post electoral system an election pact makes any sense at all and I’m going to pretend that a splintered Labour vote when the party is at its electorally weakest precisely because it adopted the politics of the so-called progress alternative parties. Having pretend this, I am going to point out that there is no progressive political party that Labour can ally with at this stage.
Liberal Democrats: to the right of the modern Labour party
People clearly can’t remember anything. I actually heard the phrase “the LibDems would never go into a coalition with the Tories” this week. The one who said it, a good friend and a reader (please don’t unsubscribe), immediately backed down when i said “I’ve heard that before”. I don’t mention this to single them out, but to point out how well these electoral parasites are doing at cleaning up their name. Admitedly, Brexit made the Cameron years seem like a paradise, but lets not forget that they weren’t. Here are some facts about them:
- Tim Farron, leader of the LibDems, seems as incapable of saying the phrase “homosexuality is not a sin” as Corbyn is of saying “I will not contravene the will of my own party and scrap trident”. (Edit: he has now apparently finally said it. But, lets not forget that the fact he even had to be asked the question and it took this amount of media pressure to get him to say it is a problem in itself).
- The LibDems, believe it or not, have been in Coalition with the Tories in the past. It was quite a while ago, so I forgive you for forgetting. It was back in 2010, when men were real men, women were real women, and National Health Service was still nationally owned. They ran on a so-called progressive platform, drew a lot of lines in the sand, and immediately stepped over them all to get into government. Expecting the ConDems to block brexit is like expecting them not to raise tuition fees and not to cut public spending.
- Okay this isn’t a fact, but the brexit vote only happened because the LibDems facilitated the Tories, made them seem nicer than they were, and made the Conservative majority in 2015 possible. Brexit is partially their responsibility.
The Greens: Recession Loving Tree Huggers
The Green’s attempt to court an electoral pact with Labour has one cause and one cause alone: they’re almost certainly broke and cannot fight as many elections as they need. In truth, I really don’t see the point in them anymore, now that Labour has Corbyn. Ideologically, exactly what is it that keeps current Green Party members Green? Is it the fact that Corbyn is never going to win? Maybe, but no matter what Labour’s prospects are under Corbyn, the Greens’ are a fortori worse. Also, they had a manifesto pledge last time to trigger a recession. Great economics guys.
The SNP: Tartan Blairites
The idea that Labour can win back Scotland is not just naive but willfully delusion. However, the call published by the New Statesman, which has gone very weird since George Eaton become political editor, for them to not even contest Scotland by “stopping indulging its Scottish party” is ridiculous. Labour in all its forms is the enemy of nationalism in all its forms, and the SNP is just about nationalism. The idea its that they’re a left-wing alternative is, yet again, proven false by the lack of Scottish support for Corbyn’s Labour party which is far to the left of the Scottish Nationals. A post-election coalition is one thing, but in any way claiming that the SNP can represent workers in the way Labour believes they ought to be represented undermines social democracy.
George Galloway: Self-Parachuting Career Politician
I only mention this because he’s running in my contituency (Gorton) He’s running on the electoral platform that George Galloway is the only human in the whole world capable of solving the problems of a constituency he has never lived in. Here we have another career destroyed by Jeremy Corbyn, which is the take-home message of this exercise for me. As difficult as it is for Corbyn to convince non-“progressive” Labour voters, let alone Tory voters, to vote Labour, he’s done a good job at crushing the case for voting for the smaller “left” parties. It’s only the calling of a general election, which has reminded us all to get in line, that’s reminded me of the advantages of having him in charge are.