Thursday, May 15, 2008
Don't Worry Gordon, New Labour has won the Crucial Battles
1. Wheras Tories in the 80s merely dismissed poverty as the fault of the poor and the price society paid for overall economic success, Cameron has focused on the 10p tax issue in the Crewe byelection. It is New Labour's success in changing the political weather which has caused this.
2. On the NHS Labour has 'entrenched a consensus in favour of a universal, taxpayer funded heatlh service.'
3. On diversity and tolerance Labour has hauled the Conservatives into the 21st century on matters such a homosexuality and the promotion of female and ethnic candidates.
4. Like his political hero, Tony Blair, Cameron has learned to 'emote, to act, to do politics in his shirtsleeves'. [he columnist adds 'One of Mr Brown's problems is he can't, not really'.]
Bagehot quotes a senior Tory who says 'The next election will be won by whoever is most New Labour' So, that settles it, Labour have won hands down over the last decade. The problem is, why doesn't it feel at all like it as the next decade of their rule gets under way. Oh, perhaps I shouldn't mention it, but Freedland also suggested in the article linked above, that it would be better for Labour to lose in 2010, than win another term and then be wiped out for a generation in 2014-5.
The closer it gets, the further away it becomes, and although that may seem a very mundane assessment of the long fought out wrangle, the opposite has never been more fundamental.
Joseph Schattswitz always maintained that the pride was never worth the fall but how did he have that insight without have reason to.
Equally, however, you could say that the Thatcher/Major years obliterated the Labour party, which has become if anything much more removed from its 1970s counterpart than the Tories, certainly economically.
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