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In fairness, "Labour losing the plot" is as much a consequence of a transformation in the economy in the post Thatcher years as it is a result of political incompetence.

Political competence would have been understanding the transformation in the economy and its social consequences, which you rightly describe, and finding non-Blairite language and policies to address them.

The base problem is the destruction of the organized industrial working class, partly by bare-fanged Thatcherian class hatred, but mostly by the fact that global capital found itself a new, cheaper unorganized body of industrial workers in Asia, and threw the Western lot on the tip. With the resulting poverty, social dislocation, atomisation, uberisation, that we can observe.

Labour, like other parties on the left (Dems, French PS, for example) have spent decades split between pro-capitalist lite "centrists" (Clinton Schroeder Blair) and a dug-in left wing that still seems to be dreaming of half-a-century ago. These "parties of government" currently have no clearly discernible line that addresses problems and speaks to voters. Which is what I mean by "losing the plot".

All the more in that the billionaire's lackeys on the other side have an extremely efficient plot taken from Bannon's playbook.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Dec 3rd, 2019 at 09:15:52 AM EST
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