Sunday, 7 June 2009

Tracing New Labour's Demise

The Thatcher years ended with her tear stained face peering out the window of the car as she was driven away.
The Blair years came screeching to a premature halt, removed by his own party for his insidious deception, but neither, as loathsome as they both were, faced the daily onslaught that Gordon Brown is having to endure.
I can't remember a time when British politics was such a must-see event with sackings, resignations and plots to take down the leader coming with such regularity.
It's not that i think Gordon Brown is a bad Prime Minister, not that i think he is a good one either, but he has spent his entire time firefighting ever since Tony Blair was forced to vacate the position.
Blame for the debacle in Iraq and Afghanistan lays squarely with Tony Blair but as his number two at the time, Gordon Brown also takes responsibility and that is where the Labour Party's, and Gordon's present problems, began.
The Labour Party swept into power in 1997 amid much cheer, the New Labour project being welcomed and the introduction of the tax credits system and minimum wage seeming to herald the beginning of a great and prosperous time where the growing inequality of the Conservative years would be bought back into balance.
The Conservatives were in disarray, Labour had a seemingly unassailable lead in whatever poll you cared to look at and even the scandal over the Bernie Ecclestone donation was forgiven with Blair performing his 'trust me, i'm a straight kinda guy' speech.
Then came the September 11th attacks and that can be traced to the day when Labours star began to fall and people began to openly question the Blair, Brown partnership and their actions.
The willingness to slavishly follow George W Bush into Afghanistan and then Iraq set half the country against Blair and his party. The polls fell with the Iraq inquiries dismissed as "establishment whitewash" by most of the media, Dr Kelly's suicide, Trident, stealth taxes, ID Cards, the growing surveillance society and the unelected Gordon Brown replacing the disgraced Tony Blair.
In his short time in charge, Brown has presided over the expenses scandal, 10% tax rate debacle, billion pound payouts to the financial markets, the non-referendum on the EU Lisbon Treaty, a recession and the 42 day detention bill.
Barring a miracle, the Labour Party are destined to spend a minimum of two terms on the opposition benches while the Conservatives take over and stick us with their right wing agenda and Brown would have every right to blame Blair for the mess he inherited but it is a mess that he was party to and was as much his own making.
I would be lying if i said i wasn't enjoying every twist and turn of the Labour Party's demise as much as i would hate being ruled over by David Cameron, until Labour removes all remnants of the old guard who so compliantly allowed Blair and Brown to lead us into illegal wars and took our tax payments as a personal cashpoint, then Labours only hope to continue as a force in British politics is to allow New Labour to whither and die and take the time to rebuild themselves, with the next generation of MP's, as the fairer and morally ethical party we thought we had elected in 1997 and been so thoroughly let down by.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lucy,

It will be okay. And Labour will have its day in the sun again.

Q

Lucy said...

If the Conservatives don't sell it off first they might Q.

Anonymous said...

Lucy,

who would buy it. you gotta have a buyer!

Q

Stan said...

Another typically ill-thought-out post, Lucy, in which you put your own personal animosities before what's good for the country as a whole.

YOU might be able to come through the next ten years of Tory rule fairly unscathed but a lot of less fortunate people won't.

Never mind though. Keep putting the boot in to Labour to help the Tories on their way. At least you're alright, enjoying Labour's discomfort, and it makes good copy for your posts.

That's what really matters to people like you, Lucy, doesn't it?