BATMAN DOESN'T LOVE ME ANYMORE.

29.11.04:

I’m beginning to fear myself. That my first reaction to the Daily Mail’s CAN HE SURVIVE THIS? headline was genuine fear that no, he actually may not survive this is a source of concern for me. It’s pretty clearly not in anyone’s favour for David Blunkett to get out of this one with his Home Office posting intact, and yet my initial reactions to this news, every time it’s come up, has been ‘Good luck.’

I know why this is; the very idea of Michael Howard winning is repugnant. I like that Labour has an enormous majority, because it makes me feel safe. Still. After all this time. Can we really expect marvellous, radical things from Labour? Do we even want to? Shouting ‘Look at Thatcher!’ doesn’t make me think ‘Yes, Thatcher. There’s a Parliamentary model I want the left in this country to follow’ Can we really afford to bequeath the country another Lawson? A set of policies so cripplingly awful that we still, somehow, have to deal with them now?

Maybe there is something to this, as in
Joe’s propaganda thesis – which I am also still unsold on. A Left-based destruction of the political environment is appealing, as certainly it is ripe, but do I really want to deal with the fact that I just killed democracy? I’m not sure killing the left is bad simply because now there is no more left – although that’s clearly, facefuckingly awful, - but also because now what does the Left vote for? Where does the Left go? The goal has to be something more then simply putting the Right in a box and sitting on it, laughing. We have to genuinely and completely end the entire mindset, pick apart the raft of false and idiotic ideological assumptions these people have made.

This isn’t going to happen if we leave people like Blunkett in the Labour party. This isn’t going to happen if we leave people like the Labour party in power. My faith in voting Lib Demo at the next election, in a seat that swung from them to the Conservatives by a small margin last time, is still going to be shaken if can’t be sure that Labour will win power with at least the hope of the Conservatives being so weakened by split voting and idiocy that the Lib Demos can become an effective opposition and shove politics, if not even towards a Left, then at least facing it in some form of genuine middle ground.

But it’s thinking like that that got me in to wishing Blunkett the best of luck under my breath, in to silently grinning every time Blair beats Howard at question time. Parliamentary strategising doesn’t help.

_chris! // 15:13

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I’m beginning to fear myself. That my first reaction to the Daily Mail’s CAN HE SURVIVE THIS? headline was genuine fear that no, he actually may not survive this is a source of concern for me. It’s pretty clearly not in anyone’s favour for David Blunkett to get out of this one with his Home Office posting intact, and yet my initial reactions to this news, every time it’s come up, has been ‘Good luck.’

I know why this is; the very idea of Michael Howard winning is repugnant. I like that Labour has an enormous majority, because it makes me feel safe. Still. After all this time. Can we really expect marvellous, radical things from Labour? Do we even want to? Shouting ‘Look at Thatcher!’ doesn’t make me think ‘Yes, Thatcher. There’s a Parliamentary model I want the left in this country to follow’ Can we really afford to bequeath the country another Lawson? A set of policies so cripplingly awful that we still, somehow, have to deal with them now?

Maybe there is something to this, as in
Joe’s propaganda thesis – which I am also still unsold on. A Left-based destruction of the political environment is appealing, as certainly it is ripe, but do I really want to deal with the fact that I just killed democracy? I’m not sure killing the left is bad simply because now there is no more left – although that’s clearly, facefuckingly awful, - but also because now what does the Left vote for? Where does the Left go? The goal has to be something more then simply putting the Right in a box and sitting on it, laughing. We have to genuinely and completely end the entire mindset, pick apart the raft of false and idiotic ideological assumptions these people have made.

This isn’t going to happen if we leave people like Blunkett in the Labour party. This isn’t going to happen if we leave people like the Labour party in power. My faith in voting Lib Demo at the next election, in a seat that swung from them to the Conservatives by a small margin last time, is still going to be shaken if can’t be sure that Labour will win power with at least the hope of the Conservatives being so weakened by split voting and idiocy that the Lib Demos can become an effective opposition and shove politics, if not even towards a Left, then at least facing it in some form of genuine middle ground.

But it’s thinking like that that got me in to wishing Blunkett the best of luck under my breath, in to silently grinning every time Blair beats Howard at question time. Parliamentary strategising doesn’t help.

_chris! // 15:13

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