Archive for the ‘Socialism’ Category

In recent weeks The Westminster Wing has been trawling through various forms of social media to gauge the public mood on the current progress of Brexit negotiations between the government and the EU. We were not surprised to find such high levels dissatisfaction with not only both teams of negotiators, but also the broadcast and printed

Brexit’s most iconic image

media’s standard of reportage.

What did surprise us though was the volume of leave supporters calling for some kind of positive action, protests and even a desire to bring the country to a standstill with blockades similar to the fuel protest in 2000.

Though protests are a favourite strategy for the far-left, particularly prevalent since Corbyn became Labour leader, they are a rarity on the right.

There are many explanations as to why right of centre supporters and activists don’t do mass public protests, many are obvious and a few are not so obvious!

Political protesting by “socialists” has existed for centuries, long before the word even existed. Usually inspired by terrible working practices imposed by mill, mine or factory owners, or chronic housing conditions. Workers became organised through trade unions leading to the formation of the Labour party. Encouraged by historical victories, socialists have never forgotten the power of protest.

Socialists like a protest

Those early marches and protests throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, some of them violent, were just and necessary, few would argue otherwise. Those times were tough and there was little else those affected could do without a voice in parliament.

But today’s left wing protesters have forgotten a very important component of popular protest: “just cause”! Demonstrating against a visit by an American President or in protest of a page depicting topless models can hardly be seen as a class struggle! Modern socialists are largely comprised of middle class students, well paid public sector professionals or supporters of Middle East terrorism. They are as far away from their original cause as it is possible to get.

The left still possess the ability to muster large numbers of protesters on the streets through their well-funded unions and affiliated groups. Bussing hundreds, sometimes thousands of people around the country complete with sponsored “Unite the Union” placards and £25 cash in hand to buy a Starbucks coffee or a Pret a Manger falafel sandwich whilst uploading images of the events on their latest iPhone is a common occurrence should their dear leader deem it necessary.

Comprised mostly of under worked students, strikers and the unemployed, it’s unlikely they will pass on the call to march due to heavy work commitments at the office! And this brings us neatly to the near non-existent will to protest by those on the right of centre politics.

With little or no history in organising mass demonstrations, chiefly because of a lack of cause, organisational machinery and work or family commitments, the likelihood of witnessing a demonstration by Tory supporting members of the public is lower than finding a pulled pork sandwich in Finsbury Park Mosque! Ordinary Tory supporters simply have better things to do with their time and view those who do public outrage on the streets as “not our sort of people”! Rightly or wrongly this is the current state of affairs.

Given the above brief summary of the history of popular protest, it would be a mistake to assume it is solely supporters on the right that are exhibiting growing unrest with Theresa May’s Brexit divorce proceedings. Our analysis of 51 social media groups, comprising some 400, 000 members and contributors reveals a very eclectic mix of socioeconomic groups, race and genders displaying a desire for open revolt against the government’s lack of assertiveness with the EU and increasing anger at the suggestion of a protracted transition to the exit door.

Our analysis leads us to believe a substantial segment of leave supporters are close to tipping point! These groups are repositories for frustrated, disgruntled, mostly ordinary citizens who feel their concerns and views are being ignored by the media and politicians, they are a disenfranchised majority, not dissimilar to those voiceless souls of the 18th and 19th centuries and are not too far away from organising a collective protest of significant proportions.

Any government that ignores these people is destined to experience the wrath of mass dissatisfaction and with it, the political disruption many insensitive administrations faced over the last 200 years.

Under Ed Miliband’s leadership the once mighty Labour Party became nothing more than a protest movement for the militant public sector monilith and

beatles-tribute-band

A Poor Substitute

hopeless welfare claimants. This was bad, very bad – particularly for those die-hards who spent their entire life supporting,  representing or simply depending on this vital parliamentary beacon for the working classes throughout the UK.

But since Jeremy Corbyn seized control, there is now a real possibility that Britain’s second most successful political party will become a sad tribute band, offering incipit, unconvincing impersonations of its former glorious past.

 

Leftwing poster-boy Owen Jones has been busy analysing the success of his Marxist cousins in Spain. He’s smitten with Podemos, the ant-austerity, high tax and spend equivalent of Militant Tendency of the 1980’s lead by trade

Syriza and Podremos Leaders United

Syriza and Podemos Leaders United

unionists and thugs.

Jones has a soft spot for the Podemos leader: Pablo Inglesias! He’s particularly impressed by this section of the Spaniards speech;

So if you’re part of Britain’s battered, bruised and demoralised left, you should listen when Iglesias speaks. Last year, he delivered a speech berating the traditional left’s failure to communicate. Leftwing students never spoke to “normal people”, he said, and treated working-class people as though “they were from another planet”, bewildered that they did not respond in the way Marxist textbooks said they should. The enemy, says Iglesias, “wants us small, speaking in a language no one understands, in a minority, hiding behind our traditional symbols”.

Owen Jones Leftwing Activist

Owen Jones Leftwing Activist

Do you get the irony there? Jones is infamous across Twitter for blocking people with opposing views to his own! Yet he’s advising his comrades to get out and talk to “normal people”! – And what’s more, he thinks it’s a good idea!

We can now draw a safe conclusion, if Owen Jones doesn’t listen to his own advice, why the hell should anyone else?

Read Owen’s Ironic article here.

 

After a thrilling General Election, the results shocking even the Conservatives, do the Labour Party have a credible replacement?

Finally, 12 days since the resignation of Ed Miliband the roll-call of candidates is complete. The procrastinations of two leadership hopefuls: Chuka Umunna and Tristran Hunt has left just four potential contenders. But, are Yvette Cooper, Mary Creagh, Liz Kendall and Andy Burnham charismatic and intuitive enough to transform a polarised, resentful 20th century political institution into a relevant, mainstream popular brand that was once associated with the phrase “Cool Britannia”?

Do any of these contenders even aspire to attract such a label, or will they be so engaged in the machinations that come with such a demanding role – their inexperience and lack of gravitas will see them descend into the abyss.

Creagh and Kendall are extremely unlikely to go the distance and will almost certainly have to declare for Cooper or Burnham, and there lies the problem. The two remaining candidates have so much baggage they would make Madonna on a world tour look like a backpacker! Burnham is toxic in the eyes of many of the electorate for his shambolic running of the NHS – under his watch there were many avoidable deaths – the Mid-Staffs scandal sticks to Burnham like Liam Byrne’s treasury note, and look how that was used to great effect by Cameron in the short campaign. Burnham – should he become leader, Burnham would quickly come to dread the weekly mauling at PMQs – he would never be able to weaponise the NHS to the same effect as Miliband did. In fact, I would be very surprised if he ever uttered the acronym. That leaves him with a limited attack, especially when you consider he was never seen as a friend of business and finance, so the economy is off topic for him. With Rachel Reeves writing his economic policies they are certain to be weak and muddled. He is unlikely to fare much better on defence, education, homeland security or foreign policy too. In short, he is continuity Miliband in every way.

Labour Leadership Contenders

Where is the real leader?

We now turn our attention to Yvette Cooper, yes the thrusting, ambitious Mrs Balls. Her most notable trait being insincerity. If you don’t believe me, just check-out twitter when she appears on a political discussion program, you’ll see what I mean and fully understand why, as Labour leader, she would contaminate the whole party brand. This would put her majesty’s loyal opposition at a distinct disadvantage from the get-go! On the economy she will be accused of advancing her husbands totally discredited fiscal platitudes. Education would be no better, Mr Balls was schools minister in the last government and that didn’t go too well, Cooper will again be seen as reconstituting Ed Balls’ failed education strategies. Her defence and foreign policy will be associated with Ed Miliband’s disastrous, selfish U-turns on Syria and Lybia.  Ms Cooper was of course shadow home secretary, her tenure has been overshadowed by Teresa May, who has been decisive and strong, especially with the Police Federation, we couldn’t possibly expect that from a Labour Home Secretary.

Without really thinking too strenuously, there is an entire nuclear arsenal available to the Tories should they wish to attack a Labour party led by either of these to candidates. Yet if Kendall or Creagh were to surprise us all and one of them become Labour leader, the credibility factor would take years to build around them, just as it did with Ed Miliband, and of course, there is the danger, just like Miliband, that the public may not like them at all.

As the Greeks settle down to watch their newly elected,Syriza-lead, radical left-wing government do battle against Chancellor Merkel and the Troika,

Syriza and Podremos United

Syriza and Podremos United

Spain is positioning itself as an ally against austerity policies imposed from the wealthier Northern European power-houses!

The ultra left-wing party “Podemos”, have held a triumphant demonstration in Madrid, protesting against debt and anti-austerity measures imposed  by the Northern European power-houses.

The People United

The People United

Italy’s leftists are flirting with a similar movement and will almost certainly find themselves drawn in to an axis against the EU!

A Contagion of debt avoidance will surely blow the European Project to pieces over the next couple of years.

London is “The Destination” for Britain’s “anti-everything” protesters today.

Unions, the occupy movement, pro-NHS, anti-capitalists and every other hopeless cause is represented. Not a private sector worker in sight. It’s the

London Protesters Demand Everything

London Protesters Demand Everything

water drinkers, demanding the water carriers deliver more!

But wait, Spain’s “Podemos” movement are also out in force! They too are demanding everything.

Put simply, the government is not taking enough in taxes from the hard-working to subsidise perpetual students and all other non-productive state dependents.

Meanwhile, British workers silently go on providing the services these protesters expect, by working Saturdays in shops, bars, call-centres and every other private sector industry that ensures these perpetually offended leftists are catered for.

 

Southern Europe is turning red! With Greece electing the far left Syriza Party, we need to look at the next Spanish general election likely to go the

Syriza and Podremos United

Syriza and Podemos United

same way. Spain is in many ways a more resilient economy than Greece, but the people are just as reactionary, suffering a similar dose of austerity dished out by the current Conservative People’s Party (Conservative (ish),  and their public sector equally as bloated. The Westminster Wing predicts a huge surge for the Podemos (We Can) Party! Follow us for the most intuitive updates available from a British Political Blog.