Disaster Predicted for Labour in May Elections – Will They Blame the Left?

As if this question needs to be asked. Mike this morning put up a piece commenting on recent forecasts that Labour under Starmer’s leadership will actually lose seats in the local elections in May. Only 4 per cent of Tory voters are predicted to switch to Labour. This will be a disaster for Labour, and should be a catastrophe for Starmer as it shows that his policy of turning Labour into the alternative Tory party isn’t working. Starmer isn’t winning support for Labour because he has violated the first rule of an opposition party: this is to oppose. Instead, Starmer has offered support and ‘cautious criticism’. This has often come after Tory policies have been proven to be failures, so that Johnson ridiculed him from the Dispatch Box as ‘Captain Hindsight’. And his lack of any decisive alternative alternative vision to the wretched Tories also allowed Johnson to sneer at him as ‘General Indecision’.

Worse, Labour is losing its core voters thanks to Starmer’s own war on the left. He has scrapped Corbyn’s manifesto policies, which were genuinely popular despite the media’s and political establishment’s successful vilification of Corbyn himself. Starmer has carried on purging the left under the pretext of cracking down on anti-Semitism. He has alienated Labour’s traditional supporters in the Black and Asian communities by his half-hearted gestures of support for Black Lives Matter and his refusal to punish the real racists in the Labour Party, who bullied Diane Abbott and other Black MPs and activists. And it’s fairly obvious why. These racists are all from the right, the section of the party that supports him. He also has not punished the various conspirators who deliberately plotted to sabotage the party’s election campaign in 2017 and 2019. Again, these are all right-wingers, so safe from punishment for their misdeeds. And to make his and his faction’s grip on the party secure, David Evans has suspended members and constituency parties that have dared to criticise the Dear Leader and passed fresh regulations stipulating that electoral candidates must meet with his approval as suitable prospective MPs. Which means, as Mike’s pointed out, that no-one from the left will be accepted, even if they have the full backing of their local parties.

If the predicted electoral disaster does occur – and I’ve no doubt it will – then it should rightly be the end of Starmer and the Blairites. The Blairite tactic of triangulation – finding out what will appeal to Tory voters, donors and the media, and then doing it – isn’t working. The public has seen through the New Labour tactic of copying Tory policies while claiming that, once in power, Labour will be better at them. Tory voters are going to stick with the Tories, because why should they accept a pale imitation under Starmer? Johnson’s defeat should be an open goal. This week the number of people, who’ve died from the Coronavirus hit 100,000. This truly horrendous death toll is a direct result of Johnson’s selfish, inept and half-hearted policies, the corruption that has led him to award vital medical contracts to firms owned by his friends, which then catastrophically can’t fulfil them. And instead of the great, radiant victory for British independence, business and entrepreneurialism, Brexit is rapidly showing itself to be another disaster. It is hitting British business hard with extra bureaucracy and tariffs for trading with the EU. It is expected to decimate our already severely stricken manufacturing industry.

The fact that Starmer is losing to Johnson should mean that Starmer should vacate the Labour leadership following the May elections, assuming that Labour does as poorly as predicted. By I predict that won’t happen. That would leave the leadership open to someone from the real Labour centre. Someone determined to support Corbyn’s policies of a nationalised National Health Service, publicly owned utilities, a proper, functioning welfare state that the gives the support the poor, the unemployed, the long-term sick and disabled they really need, protects working people with proper employment rights and strong trade unions, and ends the wretched pay freezes and exploitative gig economy. These were all genuinely popular. But they frighten big business and the Tory and New Labour media. Hence the determination to bring down Labour by any means possible. Hence the smears of Corbyn and his supporters as Communists, Trotskyites and Jew-haters. And they’ll do it again.

The Blairites have shown through their electoral sabotage and their attempted coups that they mean to hang on to power whatever the cost. Even if it destroys the party. Thus I predict that if Labour does fail miserably in May’s elections, Starmer will stay. He and the media will claim that this was because the stain of anti-Semitism is still hanging over the party. More purges of the Corbynite left will be demanded and follow. And it won’t do a bit of good. The party will remain unpopular, possibly even more so.

But Starmer won’t care how unpopular it is, so long as he and the Blair have a secure grip on it. And at some point he’ll even be rewarded with a peerage just like the turncoats and plotters.

For further information, see: Labour isn’t winning back Tory voters by trying to be Tory. What will Starmer try next? | Vox Political (voxpoliticalonline.com)

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5 Responses to “Disaster Predicted for Labour in May Elections – Will They Blame the Left?”

  1. Disaster Predicted for Labour in May Elections – Will They Blame the Left? | sdbast Says:

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  2. A6er Says:

    Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .

  3. reallyoldhippy Says:

    The left has constantly criticised Trump for the death toll in the US. Pretending that Biden had a plan. Now Trump has gone, where is Biden’s plan? If you think Johnson is doing so badly on COVID, what are the alternatives? Hindsight is all very well, but what would you suggest for future action. Or have you got as little clue as most critics?

    • beastrabban Says:

      Thanks for the comment, reallyoldhippy. I don’t know what Biden’s plan for the Coronavirus is. I assume it’s going to be lockdown + vaccination, same as over here. It should have been that under Trump, but he was constantly undermining his own medical authorities by declaring that the lockdown wasn’t really necessary.

      As for Boris Johnson, his critics knew beforehand what needed to be done. They advised him to start the lockdown much earlier than he did, and were ignored. Blair, for all his other glaring faults, realised that an pandemic like Covid was coming and made preparations accordingly. These were scrapped by the Tories. Johnson preferred to support the economy and so chose ‘herd immunity’ – in other words, letting the virus take its course and kill whoever it would – against the advice of his critics. And he was and is too quick to lift the lockdowns. He ends them when the death and infection rates are falling but before they’ve properly bottomed out and reached nil. You don’t need hindsight to know that, as people were telling Johnson that it was too early to lift them.

      I’m not a doctor nor any kind of medical authority, but my plan, were I in Johnson’s position, would be to listen to the doctors, scientists and epidemiologists rather than people with daft views like Dominic Cummings and Toby Young.

  4. Brian Burden Says:

    Starmer has zero respect for the membership. He is relying on a populist right-wing media to sell him to the electorate when Boris terminally cocks up. It is a huge gamble, and, as you say, when he loses he will certainly blame the left and inflict even more damage on the party.

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