Labour’s latest PPB – Infantile policy-light stupidity that should have Nigel Farage sniggering into his beer3
May 9, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith
There’s many things I could say about the latest Labour Party Political broadcast. I could say that it is just a bit of ‘banter’ within the Westminster political village. I could say that it attempts to honestly differentiate between the approaches of the Labour party in opposition and the Conservative-led coalition. I could say that it reminds voters of some of the more controversial policies the Coalition has pushed through. I could say that it reminds voters of the differing backgrounds of the leadership teams of the two main parties. Or I could say that it is infantile ‘dog-whistle’ politics that consists of no policy suggestions from the Labour Party apart from the normal insistence that someone should be blamed and ostracized for the circumstances in which they were born in a craven attempt to remind the 35% of the electorate that is all they need for a majority that ‘One-nation Labour’ doesn’t include anyone who has been, is, or ever wants to be successful.
I imagine Nigel Farage must be chuckling once again into his beer as the main political parties completely ignore those people who have little reason to vote for them but plenty of reasons to vote for a protest party such as his. There is a connection here to Farage. Instead of challenging him on policies, the mainstream parties have resorted to trying to shut him up by shouting ‘racism’ at him. This video shows that Labour doesn’t feel the need to campaign on policies – merely sling silly mud on the basis of the circumstances of other people’s birth.
The Labour party at the moment has two sides to it. The one side of it is genuinely starting to come forward with policies that can help the ‘hardworking people’ they mention at the end of this video. I have talked about one of them this week. Then there is the other side, which wants to punish hardworking people if they happen to have a posh accent or if they have been a little bit too successful. It is infantile and divisive and in the end, possibly, economically self-defeating.
I happen to like Ed Miliband’s distinction between predators and producers in capitalism. It happens to be ideologically consistent (for those of you who like a bit of political ideology), with the social democratic ideal that capitalism is the best way to create wealth but it should be accommodated without excessive exploitation of workers and consumers. But how Ed Miliband can claim, as he did the other day, that he has more ‘intellectual self-confidence’ than David Cameron, yet allow himself to be associated with stuff like this party political broadcast, is beyond me.
At the moment, I feel it is evidence once again that they are aiming purely at the possibility of a “core vote” electorate. The people who voted for them at the last election + those who didn’t as they were so alienated by Gordon Brown + disillusioned left-win Lib Dem voters = 35% which could even be enough of a majority.
But here’s my question – to govern with a majority based upon 35% of the vote of the electorate whilst calling yourself a “One-Nation Party”? Does that strike anyone else as contradictory?