The disillusionment of Labour's core C2DE vote is complete. They hear Harriet Harman championing every race, class and creed but theirs and the comment of one Swanley voter reported in the Indie that “They look at people like us as something on the sole of their shoes. People like Mr Golding will stick up for people like me.” sums up the consequences.
No amount of agonising on the blogosphere will work. These voters are not part of the blogerati. No amount of moral appeals will work; these voters see first hand the immorality of Labour's housing and immigration policies. A knocking campaign against the BNP won't work; Labour have lost the right to lecture them on good and bad. They've seen their traditional communities undermined by central Statism, strong horizontal networks atomised and the only benefit they've had from Brown's Boom has been sustained unskilled and semi-skilled work for those that want it. Now that is disappearing, too. What they say to eachother in the Costcutter queue or the betting shop counter counts for far more than being preached at by a remote Labour hierarchy via the BBC.
They're not articulate. They're not politically acute. They live insecure lives of short-term and hand to mouth subsistence. What they want, as the quote above, is someone to speak for them - to stick up for them. And words are not enough; they've had enough words. They need actions.
It's pointless for Labour to deny that new social housing isn't immediately filled with Somalis and Pakistanis and west Africans, many with large families, many with long term medical problems, few with jobs. They live next to them. They've got the evidence of their own eyes. Needs based letting and the legal duty to house will mean that such incomers are always given housing priority over their own children. And it's not just white C2DEs that are fed up; our settled Afro-Carib population are equally pissed off. The BNP is getting votes from black Londoners fed up with Bulgarians and Romanians crowding them out.
Needs based letting has encouraged the growth of the underclass. It has been the catalyst for an exponential rise in bastardy. In seeking to tackle one wrong it has created a score of others. It has made the UK a destination of choice for the world's economic migrants. Ending it will cause hardship and discomfort for some, but will reap rich rewards for the many. On the basis that public policy must seek to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number, we must end this and the duty-to-house with immediate effect.
Charities will step in; old aircraft hangers will be fitted out with bunks, soup cauldrons will be lit, the British public will donate their cast-off clothing and shoes, volunteer doctors will provide a floor level of medical care. Word will filter back to Lagos, Mogadishu and Karachi and the pressure will fall.
It's too late for Labour, but not too late to win back those disillusioned hordes.