Friday, September 14, 2007
So What Kind of a 'Conviction Politician' is Gordon?
*Brown was an unreconstructed Old Labourite along with John Smith throughout the eighties and the early nineties: public service funding would be vastly increased, privatisations would be renationalised etc, etc.
* After the traumatic loss in 1992 Brown began, influenced by the American economic model, to re-examine his economic ideas and came to accept, no embrace, the tenets of a genuine market based free enterprise economy.
* Along with Tony Blair, he led the 'modernizer' faction in the Labour Party to create 'New Labour': a centrist political enterprise which entailed convincing voters that 'New Labour' had exorcised every hint of socialism from its beliefs. Brown and Blair began their 'charm offensive' in the City.
*Once in power, Brown embraced many of the Thatcherite instruments including the Private Finance Initiative which has provided such huge benefits to big corporations.
And then we hear, yesterday, that Labour have engaged as advertising agents, none other than the hated Saatchi and Saatchi agency. 'You couldn't make it up' one is tempted to say.
So what kind of 'Conviction politician' are we talking about? Is Gordon still claiming to be a socialist? Probably not, but it would be nice to be told. So is he a New Labour sort of 'conviction' guy? But that would make him identical to the dreaded Blair person, so that can't be so either. So is he a Thatcherite? Clearly not in the sense of cavalier public spending and concern to redistribute wealth. So his convictions cannot be clearly identified, which I rather thought was the basic thing about being such a type of politico. I suspect that the major way in which he resembles Maggie, is an unstoppable thrust to achieve power and hang onto it for as long as possible. But you don't need 'conviction for that, only ambition and ruthlessness.
You know, it suddenly struck me yesterday how completely Blair has gone off the radar in such a short time.
And thank goodness too.
In my view he's learnt to be a socialist by stealth. A brilliant strategy...
I don't deny any of that. And I remain a Labour supporter as the Conservatives would never have done anything like the good brown has done. But it's the description 'conviction politician' I'm trying to get into.
Tony Woodley was right!!
Brown’s concept of socialism is evidently not something I am familiar with. I wasn’t aware socialism meant funding public expenditure by taxing working and middle class families whilst allowing rich city speculators and asset strippers to have tax liabilities of virtually nothing. Fantasy policies, which benefit the chosen few, are not only being trumpeted but are being executed.
Don’t get me wrong; I would rather have Brown and the Labour Party in government anytime before Cameron and his cohorts but socialism! Don’t make me laugh.
No I don't, if you inferred that then I'm a poor writer and/or you're a poor reader!
Obviously the former!
That book has a very negative on Amazon, claiming it is full of innacuracies (at least one of which is wrong, I think - Galloway is Catholic). Is it worth getting?
I've nearly finished it now and can indeed recommend it. I've not noted any inaccuracies but I'm sure there are some- there always are. But Bower has a good reputation as a biographer and is criticised mostly by those whom he chooses to describe- so he pulls no punches. I'm going to post on the book as a whole in the near future, so keep checking my blog I suggest.