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This is a comment which was first posted in response to a blogpost here.

Politics is in a massive state of flux at the moment, due to the total distrust of politicians in all the major parties.

Neo-Liberalism has been the driving force in politics and so has been the instrument that has brought centralised control over every aspect of peoples lives, leaving them feeling powerless and disenfranchised.

The institutions that have propagated such myths as the “deficit” have exploited the ignorance of the masses to privatise our public services.

Most know that they have been duped by the politicians but fail to understand fully why it is all happening because all the major parties are saying the same thing.

Our academic institutions rely on extra funding from outside organisations (business) therefore is it any surprise that they conform to to singular aspect of economic theory.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/09/university-economics-teaching-lobotomy-non-mainstream

As we are now in the final year prior to the election and clearly Ed Miliband has surrounded himself with the old Blairite guard, he will offer people more of the same, which will be woefully inadequate to confront the real issues facing ordinary people.

In fact even if he were to adopt policies such as the manifesto of 1945, he would need to reject everything he has stood for in his career and sell a much more convincing agenda than he has to-date.

Which is clearly not going to happen, the reason he has employed an American PR professional to organise his campaign, is because spin rather than conviction is the order of the day.

If Labour politics (Not Blue Labour) were to survive it would have to split and join a party such as Left unity and field candidates in as many seats as possible, this Blue Labour Party will eventually die a slow death if it continues, as membership will inevitably dwindle. There is no place for three Tory parties at the so called centre of politics.

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3 Comments

  1. Excellent piece, Mervyn.

  2. “Neo liberalism has brought centralised control over every aspect of people’s lives?”
    Isn’t that a contradiction?
    Also blue labour is a reaction against neo liberalism.

    1. j farrington-douglas:

      This is a quote from the forward to Blue Labour’s e-booklet by Ed miliband:

      “One of the central challenges we face is revisiting our approach
      to the balance between state and market. Historically, debates
      within Labour have often been conducted on the basis of a choice
      between ‘more state and less market’ or ‘more market and less
      state’. That approach needs revisiting for three fundamental
      reasons. First, because Labour’s approach to prosperity and
      fairness should rely on an effective combination of both strong,
      good government, and efficient, well-regulated markets. Second,
      because a twenty-first century Labour project must pledge to be
      reformers of both the state and the market. And third, because in
      Labour’s debates of the past, both the statists and the pro-market
      voices underplayed the importance of the aspects of our lives and 7
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      our communities that must be protected from the destructive
      effects of both markets and the unresponsive state.”

      Full text here: http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/soundings/Labour_tradition_and_the_politics_of_paradox.pdf

      The Labour Party is historically a socialist party, New Labour and now Blue Labour have moved away from the state empowering people, to reliance on the private sector and control by regulation.

      The profits of those policies has been that the rich have got richer and the poor have got poorer.

      The poverty gap has massively increased since Blair and New Labour.

      This of course is no accident when you compare the rates of pay and working conditions prior to the Neo-Liberation programme instituted in the Thatcher regime and continued under New Labour.

      Market Theology has not brought prosperity as promised but a lot of misery, as can be seen by his own hand; Ed Miliband still talks in these terms.

      Ed said when he stood as a candidate in the leadership campaign that he got it, literally “I get it,” and repeated “I get it.” In truth did he really get it or was he just spinning?

      As a socialist I see no place for a market system in our public services, and the evidence is there now for all to see, notably though when evidence is provided as proof, market apologists always say that “they are not applying the system properly.”

      For those old enough to remember when Milton Friedman was questioned why it was, wherever his policies were carried out, countries economies collapsed, he said “ah yes but they did not cut deep enough or go far enough.”

      I say where is the perfect market system then? Ethiopia perhaps!

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