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The trouble is, as one of the other characters says;-

People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand.

Right now, the BNP have an open field. You're right, Labour leaders shouldn't talk down to people as if they're ignorant peasants who don't know any better, but equally they shouldn't offer any patronizing compromise on haggling about values. Of course, you don't tell racists they're wrong, but in the wider community you can demonstrate to those who might be influenced that they are wrong. By showing the value of the wider community. By defusing the idea that other people are allies and helpers to be welcomed rather than threats to be resisted.

I have long argued that the issue of immigration in the UK is more about housing than it is about jobs. Yes, there is something of a small truth in the perception that it is about jobs, but a left leaning party whose primary concern is to maximise constructive job opportunities amongst the majority shouldn't have that problem. It's when "leftish" parties abandon the State's power of "persuasion" and leave maximising employment to a market we know is rigged against such ideas that problems come.

Exactly. If you throw away peoples basic needs like a place to live, worthy participation in society and the means to maintain social standing and raise a family, then you create a vacuum that will be filled by somebody blaming some appropriate group for the problems. The answer is not to join the blamers, it is to present a credible probelm to restore the basic needs and then propaganda, propaganda, propaganda (if media does not carry the message, buy the media).

It is not like there is a lack of things to do. I have visited Britain and most houses need some insulation. And what is the deal with single-glass windows - sponsoring russian gas industry for fun? Speaking of which: windpower, windpower, windpower. And a working railway system for all. And more personel in health care, education and care for senior citizens.

If this is not enough to get rid of involontary unemployment, there could always be a program to raise ponies. I hear they are popular.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Apr 26th, 2011 at 07:32:59 AM EST
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