Wednesday, 7 June 2017

The black hole in British politics


People think the Muslim murders in London at the weekend mean the Conservative Party will win the election. No doubt the terrorists wanted this, but it's not so simple.

I remember the Economist saying the victory of the People's Party in the 2004 election in Spain, which had been almost certain, became completely certain after the Madrid train bombings. When I read this, the Socialists had already taken office in Madrid.

Anyone who wishes the Labour Party well, which I do not, should hope the Tories win by a landslide this time and the Lib Dems remain in their box. 

As far as policies go, Theresa May is possibly the most left wing Prime Minister since Heath or Wilson. This is probably costing her support. Just as soft porn is equally disliked by
people who like and dislike porn, so left-wing conservatism is disliked by people who are left-wing and by conservatives.

I predict a Conservative victory, but the very narrow but vertigo-inducing possibility exists that there might be a hung parliament in which Jeremy Corbyn and the Scottish, Welsh and Irish nationalists share power.

The Irish nationalists in question being Sinn Fein, the political wing of the IRA, whom Corbyn tried so hard to help throughout his career.

Much more likely is a victory for the Conservatives, but a fairly narrow one will mean Jeremy Corbyn carries on.

For the Tories that seems like the best possible outcome. But I just can't agree. Jeremy Corbyn close to power and influencing thinking on the left would be bad for everyone except the Communists. And as we have all realised, it is possible that he could come to power.

At elections always vote against people, never for them. 

As Dr Sean Gabb puts it,
"To keep out the people you fear, you must vote for the people you hate."

I canvassed in Chelmsford for Norman St John Stevas in 1983, one of the few Tory MPs sufficiently anti-Thatcherite for my liking. He told me, 

"We'll have to disenfranchise the unemployed. They'll be the majority next time."

He took his canvassers to a nightclub -my first one. I was absolutely astonished at how concupiscent-making Chelmsford girls looked dolled up.

In the car he ran his hand down his friend's thigh but I still imagined he was a non-practicing homosexual because he was a practicing Catholic.

The 1983 election was easy. First, I was a conservative, though I very much disliked Thatcherism and second the alternatives were Michael Foot, who was far left, or the new third party the SDP, in alliance with the worst party of all, the Liberals. A win for them would have meant the end of the two party system. Only countries with two party systems, I knew, are truly democratic.

This election is even easier. Foot was a left wing extremist but he was not a Marxist, any more than his hero and mentor Nye Bevan was. Foot was extraordinarily well-read, highly intelligent and a great speaker. Corbyn got 2 Es at A Level, won a place on North London Poly's Trade Union Studies course, but dropped out after a year.

He is a Trotskyite, indistinguishable from the Trotskyites in the Socialist Workers' Party, looniest of the loony hard left. These are the militant entryists whom Michael Foot, Labour's only previous left-wing leader, fought to expel from the Labour Party. He is more dangerous than the National Front, as undemocratic as Oswald Mosley.

He and his henchman John McDonnell backed the IRA bombing campaign and have been anti-Western in every political issue in their lives. they supported Chazez and Casto. Both wanted us to leave the EU and Nato and give up nuclear weapons, but do not say so. So much for the idea that they are honest and plain speaking.

No decent human being could sit in cabinet with Corbyn but he proves something. Socialism, however many respectable, decent people it attracts, is apt to harbour malign forces. A bit like Islam incubates extremism so does socialism. And like Islam socialism is the product of an age that is past. As I said in an earlier post, it's a 20th century wrong answer to 19th century problems.

Time to discard it. Except that when Tony Blair tried to do so he failed. 

Which leaves a terrible and dangerous vacuum in British politics. A vacuum, which like a black hole might just absorb the British political universe one day. That day might even, if we are terribly unlucky, be tomorrow.


  1. Splendid piece of writing. Congrats, Paul.
    Eugen S.
    P.S. By the way, have you read the play?

  2. David in Moscow11 June 2017 at 10:22

    I enjoyed your use of the word "concupiscent".

    An interesting catholic explanation here: