Friday, 5 December 2008

In mourning...

I read this comment by Tom Paine this morning and found myself reduced to tears.

It is a well observed, but rarely expressed, comment on the injurious state backed institutionalised neglect of children in the UK and speaks volumes of the decline of a great civilisation.

In my student days, oh so long ago now, I marched happily under the ANL banner, attended peace marches at Faslane, sent money to the ANC and generally believed that society, our British society was a shining light of liberal left wing goodness and democracy - and felt secure in that...

Now I find myself distraught and empathising with what, as a student, I would have written off in a trice, as fascist propaganda - to applause from like minded students. I spent my student years in the same city as our Prime Minister, in his time a much admired left wing radical. He opted to join the Labour Party, I on the other hand, always uncomfortable with the somewhat conformist feel the membership of a political party implied, opted to get on with my career and put politics aside; we were going to be looked after by our nurturing liberal democracy after all.

Oh brother Brown what has happened since?

I would argue that I have remained true to my beliefs and that Gordon has circumnavigated that circle - you know the political compass that has a left and right side, and in the middle, at the top is liberal centre, and at the bottom is totalitarianism; state centric institutionalised non-meritocratic apparatchik paranoid politics...

I still maintain a healthy loathing for all gang membership, particularly political parties, but if the truth be known, I always nurtured a secret love for Labour and had high hopes of a period of rebalancing after the Thatcher era - how wrong can you be?

I cannot stand alone in the disbelief I feel for what the Labour party has transformed itself and our country into, and to echo Will Hutton's apt book title "The State We're In"...


  1. Hi enjoyed reading your blog. Interestingly that under Labour child poverty has risen, something i find hard to stomach for a party that playse high on the old values talk.

  2. Thanks for your comment - it's a conundrum for sure. How could a party founded on the addressing of inequality preside over such a negative shift in just that?

  3. Polaris im sure it is to keep in with the middle England voters, one thing is for sure and that is New Labour is certainly not old Labour.

  4. AMW, If that's true it is surely a case of poor market profiling on the part of the Labour strategists, "middle England" has never been a happy hunting ground for them. I think the rebranding as New Labour, and the alienation of their traditional supporters is one they will pay a high price for; Blair, Brown and their puppet army have sealed the fate of liberal Socialism for some time to come... And voters like me are left at worst disenfranchised, or seriously considering once unpalatable options!

  5. I think the proposed mortgage rescue handout is another example of badly formulated policy designed to appeal to middle England, like they are going to vote Brown back in!