The pointlessness of Ed
Dan Hodges at Labour Uncut has been one of the discoveries of the year. Terrific writing and fine political analysis (transl: I agree with him). He is on fire about not being on fire today, quoting an anonymous female shadow minister:
When I’m in the room with Ed Balls or David Miliband, I want to listen what they have to say. I think I’ll learn something. But when I’m in a room with Ed I’m just bored. It seems pointless.
Hodges concludes his article, entitled “The left is losing its marbles”:
What is happening in the party at the moment represents not a political divergence, but a divergence of reality. It is as if a collective madness is taking hold. I cannot see how anyone can seriously believe that tying Labour to a high tax, pro-student, anti-police, anti-consumer, anti-business programme is the right path for the party to pursue.
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But some do. And with equal passion and clarity. They see a permanent 50p tax rate as appealing successfully to people’s sense of social justice, while I only see “Labour Tax Bombshell” posters. They see a vibrant, spontaneous movement of young voters and their parents, where I see the re-birth of a dangerous, hard left factionalism. They see a popular anti-capitalist backlash, where I see our reputation for economic credibility draining down a Regent Street gutter.
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