Sunday, 7 May 2017

Opposing May's apartheid aspirations

The triumph of the far right in the UK is nearly complete.  In the welcome demise of UKIP's local government base, they have legitimised extremism within the Tory party and have succeeded in becoming May's Militant Tendency.  May has tacked so far to their agenda that she resembles a slightly-sanitised version of Marine Le Pen, with tendencies also pushing towards the arrogant superiority complex paralleling the leadership of apartheid-era South Africa.

May's rhetoric in this election is delusional, populist humbug.  A xenophobe, a liar and a hypocrite, she berates "foreigners" in the European Union for having a view as a party to her putative negotiations on Brexit, while jumping to the equally-foreign siren cries of Murdoch and Crosby.  She talks about "just about managing" families, while perpetuating the skewed perversions of neoliberalism.  She parrots on about "strong and stable" leadership, when she demonstrates nothing of the kind - a prisoner of her own lunacy and that of the hard right forcing the Tories further and further from a legitimate political position.

The English local elections revealed the inadequacy of the Labour response.  Most of Labour's campaign, whatever Corbyn's apologists claim, appears to be second-rate virtue signalling, without any hunger for power.  This may be a rational decision, given the extent to which the current administration has left a disaster for the incoming government, and the long-term prognosis is that, having sowed the catastrophe of Brexit, May and her self-serving cronies will come to reap the whirlwind.  However, it cannot be the aim of politicians to always avoid responsibility - the perpetual oppositional position is unattractive.

Labour is beleaguered, thanks to the incompetence and opportunism that Corbyn demonstrated over writing the Tories a blank cheque on Article 50.  Reduced to third-party status in Scotland, and unable to regain its core voters who defected to UKIP,  Labour's floundering is doing democracy a disservice.  It is likely that May will not secure a majority of the popular vote - those with a longer memory will recollect that Blair's Labour had poll ratings in 1997 that were significantly higher than delivered on the day - and that she will secure another illegitimate Commons majority.

Corbyn has demonstrated that old rebels can be attractive to a smaller group than is required to build a coalition large enough to win power.  He should be drawing the conclusions now that Labour cannot win this election, and that the only opportunity for long-term credibility is to endorse the pluralism and diversity of dissident voices within the current spectrum.  People do not need to be told what to do - they can draw their own conclusions based around local circumstances - but there needs to be a climate of collaboration as well as competition.

Containing the illegitimacy of May and her puppet-masters needs to be the priority, alongside stopping the worst excesses of the nationalist death-cult exemplified by her despicable conduct towards the EU.  There are four parties already committed to an overthrow of the distorting electoral system on the GB mainland, and to an internationalist perspective, who need to be prepared to be pragmatic.  Whatever the downstream policy divisions, for example around Scottish independence, the Greens, Liberal Democrats, SNP and Plaid Cymru need to be sensible around minimising the number of backbench Tory morons that are useful fodder for the fascists.

May's contempt for all those who disagree with her is designed to create this super-minority that will maintain the Tories in power, rather than provide a leadership that recognises debate and dissent.  Throughout her time in office her contempt for the legal process, Parliament and the wider legtimacy of politics betrays a fearful, inadequate politician with few redeeming features  Her halo, in the eyes of the far right media (which now includes the BBC), may slip if her candidates are charged with electoral malpractice during the campaign, but this will be airbrushed.

She does not wish to lead a prosperous, stable Britain.  She wants her fund managers and her media groomers to continue to accrete wealth, while ignoring the legitimacy of the citizen.  Combining both the language of Hitler and the domestic strategies of Verwoerd, she has become Nigel Farage's erotic encapsulation.  For the next four weeks we need to be calling out how an inadequate authoritarian is trying to erode opposition and take down an entire nation in the name of internal squabbles on that disgusting turf that is the Tory/Kipper hinterland.  This is the over-arching priority, and will probably occur despite Labour's approach rather than because of it.


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