Sunday, 17 May 2015

The only future for Labour

The Labour party in its current central Statist, socialist, redistributative, forced equality of outcome mode is dead. It's dead in Northern Ireland and now dead in Scotland. It's dying in the old industrial north of England, has been wiped even from rural England's county towns and it can't be long before they die finally in Wales. It was a party that needed a wartime central command economy in which to thrive; all the while the party could keep Britain as it was in 1947, with all the strings pulled in Whitehall, Labour worked. And now as we finally resile from that wartime administrative mode, seventy years after the last shots were fired, Labour's time is over.

However, there is one chance for the party to survive and it doesn't involve shuffling along the left-right axis further toward or away from the centre. It means moving on the other axis - the one with 'authoritarian' at one end and 'libertarian' on the other. Labour is an authoritarian party, but what fits in the leafy multi-kitchens of Hampstead may not take well in Leith or Llandrindod Wells or Taunton. The entire UK outside the North Circular is fed up with Labour nannying, fed up with being hectored by a bunch of uber-correct metropolitan bien-pensants soiling themselves on a diet of pomegranite pips, Piketty and quinoa.

There was a libertarian socialist movement in the UK that started to take hold just as authoritarian State Labour killed it. It involved John Lewis mutualism, co-operatives, friendly societies, insurance societies, family venture capital, ethical trade and business, training and employment. It was the sort of libertarian socialism that Ralph Harris, founder of the IEA, knew well in the poverty of London's pre-State Welfare East End. It was socialism not hostile to business but to the exploitative capitalism of the global corporates, a socialism that didn't involve State ownership of the means of production - and would rather have shoes made on lasts in a local family cobblers works than by slaves in China. Above all it was the kind of  socialism that just allowed ordinary people to live and work together profitably, look after each other, and advance and grow all without overweening interference from a prod-nosed State bureaucracy. And it was Localist. Libertarian socialists in Brixham didn't have to share the same priorities with libertarian socialists from Merthyr Tydfil.

Anything else for Labour now is just greed for power.


Demetrius said...

The workers flag is deepest red, I'm feeling tired and going to bed.

Anonymous said...

What you've described is the Labour Party of my grandparents, before the intellectuals ruined it. A book to read is Ed West's Diversity Illusion which shows how mass immigration has deracinated communties in Labour's heartlands. I doubt Labour will ever recover as word of who did this is spreading all the time.


petem130 said...

Localism is wher, I hope, we will end up. The best decisions are made and agreed by people who have a vested interest in the results.

The simplest of aims for any localist party would be to ensure that each successive generation were better off than the last. Simple really. It used to work.

Big is not better.

right_writes said...

Great post sir!

Cascadian said...

I have no love for liebour as it presently constituted, but all this talk of liebour dying is nonsense, they improved their vote by 1.5% over 2010.
The dramatic loss of seats just points to a broken electoral system which gifted the SNP far too many seats, and UKIP far too few.

Anonymous said...

Indeed. Both left and right parties would benefit by becoming more libertarian.
Power should be devolved to the lowest common denominator.

AndrewWS said...

What a pity that the Co-Operative Party is inextricably linked to Labour. Were it not, I would consider supporting it.

Gordon the Fence Post Tortoise said...

I was in Hebden Bridge a while ago and iirc there were a couple of useful buildings bearing plaques with the words (I paraphrase a bit)

"Erected by the people of the area and funded by public subscription"

We, or rather our representatives.... have some lessons to re-learn.

I'm fed up beyond words of pompous, hubris addled fekquits demanding more tax so they can hand it over to more of their ilk employed as public servants to indulge in sprees peculation and wanton waste. The role of the BBC and and the asinine local press in supporting this system needs revision big time.

I do not recall any project posited by a public person for years that would have people reaching into their own pockets to fund it...


Burgers said...

Radders - excellent post sir, even though I suspect there is no way it can happen, the world you describe is a vanished world where profession politicians are surplus to requirements and therefore no party on either side will head that way.

We - they - are mired in managerialism and I see no good way forward, except to vote for what seems to be the least worst.

In the mean while a useful step forward will be to smash the BBC and its metro-lefty propaganda, so that at least fascist anti-little-guy boiler plate will no longer be funded by some retrogressive poll tax.

Nick Drew said...

@ Deemtrius

If comrades all are gathered here,
We'll pawn the flag and buy some beer

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Labour has no monopoly on nannying.

Anonymous said...

Is not cultural marxism crushing all before it?