The UK general election of 2019 – Aftermath.

If you’ve any interest in politics, you tend to read into the history of it. You’ll end up reading The Conquest of Gaul by Julius Caesar, Machiavelli’s The Prince, On War by Carl von Clausewitz, Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and yes, even My Struggle by the jumped up Austrian corporal who kicked off a roughly estimated 50 million death toll.

Let’s leave aside that tired old saying about those who don’t read history are doomed to repeat it. What you’re really looking for are patterns, because by recognising and becoming familiar with such patterns, they will inform your view of the world. There is an unfortunate habit of assuming that political landscapes are somehow eternal and unchanging, but it’s totally false. Where are the Whigs of yesteryear?

There is an aberration I’ve seen in the business world once or twice, and once you spot it, you bale the hell out of the aircraft before it hits the ground. The upper management have become totally fixated on progressing their careers, their stock options and playing power games, but in the meanwhile nobody is keeping an eye on the shop, which like any enterprise will founder when the leadership is absent.

In an analogous fashion, that’s how political parties die off like the Whigs of yesteryear. The leadership becomes inward looking, politically irrelevant but internal doctrinally crucial issues become of paramount importance, the views of the electorate that they were originally representing become irrelevant, the infighting becomes vicious, but one day there’ll be a big car crash at an election, and then it’s all over.

The Labour party is in the throes of such an event after their worst electoral showing since 1935, but the question is was it a near death experience or an extinction level event? As I write this, we’re only a couple of days post the election, but the initial signs of having a big rethink about what went wrong do not look promising.

Their leader, and biggest doorstep liability, Jeremy Corbyn, hasn’t resigned and the coterie of idiots around him are still firmly in control of a party whose influence no longer extends outside the fashionable burbs of north London. Student politics are all well and good when you’re pushing nineteen, but they just don’t sell to an electorate who have to pay their utility bills every month because they’ve realised there’s no such thing as a free meal.

I used to go around our house automatically switching off carelessly left on lights by our children, but I noticed as soon as they reached adulthood and had to start hitting regular bills in their own domiciles, there were no longer lights left on around the place.

I’m not convinced the Labour party is redeemable at this point. It’s been too thoroughly politically reeducated and the remnants of what would be termed the centrist left have been severely culled. There is an internal party firmly entrenched in it called Momentum which is calling all the disastrous shots and busy going into full denial about the workers of the UK waving the V-sign at them and their policies.

There’s a possibly hopeful precedent there for the party. At one point, and before the advent of Tony Blair and New Labour, the party had been thoroughly penetrated and subverted by another party called called the Socialist Worker’s party (SWP) with the usual extremist communist agenda. The first objective of making the party once more electable, was to prune them out ruthlessly. Once that was done, it paved the way for three straight general election victories.

The difference between that situation and the dilemma presenting itself to Labour these days was that the SWP, while having considerable control at the local constituency level, had never really managed to worm their way up to what would be termed senior management level in the party, so they were relatively easy to get rid of.

Momentum on the other hand are the party within a party who occupy all the highest levels of leadership and like all fanatics cannot be reasoned with. They’ll keep on doing the same stoopid going nowhere things, pursuing the same dumb policies, making the same mistakes, while all the time totally confident that the workers of the world will eventually unite around them.

The only survival way out for Labour and the notion of representing and protecting the working class from rapacious capitalism and greed is good globalism will be a schism in the party. The more rational elements in it who’ve still got one foot planted in the doorstep realities of that demographic will quite possibly give up and create a new party more closely aligned to the original founding principles of the Labour party.

Time will tell, but the real takeaway from the electoral disaster is that popular sentiment is very definitely moving rightwards in a populist nationalist direction and any party that ignores that reality will be facing annihilation in the privacy of polling booths, rather than the beguiling and self-congratulating environment of la vie online where anything however improbable seems possible.

I think there’s a huge lesson for the DNC going into the 2020 election. Letting the squad with their socialist policies be the commonly perceived face of the party will prove disastrous. Their chances from the start were slim anyway, but a mistake like that will rob them, like Labour, of their traditional heartland constituencies, and bouncing back from a disaster like that is ten miles of very hard road.

You’re looking at a complete rebuild of a party.


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13 Responses to “The UK general election of 2019 – Aftermath.”
  1. Stephen M Sasse says:

    Like the Australian Labor Party learnt back in May – you cannot appeal to the inner city soy-latte multi-gender progressives and at the same time have any credibility with those who are workers with real jobs in the real world.

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  2. Graeme No.3 says:

    Add a minor example with the Scottish Nationalists. They want permission from the UK government to hold a second referendum because they won a few more seats without increasing the support for “independence”. And by the time any referendum can be held the UK will be out of the EU, and the latter has made it quite clear that they won’t let Scotland back in.
    So what possess the SNP? “Independence” by subservience to unelected bureaucrats in Brussels? “Independence” with continued subsidies from the UK? Good luck with those choices.

    “Independence” to pursue their stupid economic policies (with the inevitable end)? The Scots should read some history, starting with the Darien Disaster in the late 1690’s.

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  3. David Chappell says:

    Labour’s performance in this election is best described as a self-inflicted injury


  4. philjourdan says:

    The problem with Labour and the Democrats can be traced to the same thing. They think that Social Media reflects public sentiment. In reality, Social media is their echo chamber and reflects what they want it to, not the public.

    As long as they believe their own ignorance, they will not change. And yes, that will be their downfall. Trump was wise to make AOC and the squad the face of the democrat party. But he could not have done that without the help of the leadership of the Democrats.

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  5. Hari Seldon says:

    The problem here is ALL parties, except one, were for remaining in the EU despite the expressed will of the electorate. The core electorate of the Labour party were ignored scorned, demeaned and belittled by their metropolitan ‘overlords’. British people just want to have a good paying job and to be left alone, like any other sensible peoples. You ignore that at your peril. This was recognised by Kipling in his poem ‘Norman and Saxon’.

    “My son,” said the Norman Baron, “I am dying, and you will be heir
    To all the broad acres in England that William gave me for share
    When he conquered the Saxon at Hastings, and a nice little handful it is.
    But before you go over to rule it I want you to understand this:–

    “The Saxon is not like us Normans. His manners are not so polite.
    But he never means anything serious till he talks about justice and right.
    When he stands like an ox in the furrow – with his sullen set eyes on your own,
    And grumbles, ‘This isn’t fair dealing,’ my son, leave the Saxon alone.

    “You can horsewhip your Gascony archers, or torture your Picardy spears;
    But don’t try that game on the Saxon; you’ll have the whole brood round your ears.
    From the richest old Thane in the county to the poorest chained serf in the field,
    They’ll be at you and on you like hornets, and, if you are wise, you will yield.

    “But first you must master their language, their dialect, proverbs and songs.
    Don’t trust any clerk to interpret when they come with the tale of their wrongs.
    Let them know that you know what they’re saying; let them feel that you know what to say.
    Yes, even when you want to go hunting, hear ’em out if it takes you all day.

    They’ll drink every hour of the daylight and poach every hour of the dark.
    It’s the sport not the rabbits they’re after (we’ve plenty of game in the park).
    Don’t hang them or cut off their fingers. That’s wasteful as well as unkind,
    For a hard-bitten, South-country poacher makes the best man- at-arms you can find.

    “Appear with your wife and the children at their weddings and funerals and feasts.
    Be polite but not friendly to Bishops; be good to all poor parish priests.
    Say ‘we,’ ‘us’ and ‘ours’ when you’re talking, instead of ‘you fellows’ and ‘I.’
    Don’t ride over seeds; keep your temper; and never you tell ’em a lie!”

    Boris nailed it.

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  6. oebele bruinsma says:

    It reminds me of Reagan’s famous joke: The Democrats have become so left, they left the country.


  7. Pointman says:

    When I said a coterie of idiots, I wasn’t joking.

    I’m constantly amazed at how somebody that idiotic could seriously be touted as the next Home Secretary. Yes, Jeremy shagged it, but that’s not a qualification for an office of state.



    • Stonyground says:

      Amazing, the Metro pundit thought that the story was “relatable” as we’ve all done it haven’t we? This is presumably the kind of stupid and inept idiot who supports Labour nowadays. I can honestly say that I have never gone out with mismatched footwear, not even socks. But then I am an engineer, in my job doing things properly is important.


  8. NoFixedAddress says:

    In the spirit of proportional voting I have swung my vote to “the shit” and away from the berk cow.


  9. beththeserf says:

    Yer pantomime season to be jolly…


  10. NoFixedAddress says:

    what I want to know is why the American ‘Comey’ is not called by his real name in plain sight.



  11. NoFixedAddress says:

    And I want to know why Brennan, the CIA guy, who self admitted that he voted for the Communist prick has not been taken behind the woodshead and had his head shot off.

    You Americans have some deep state stuff to front up to.


  12. Pointman says:

    Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott’s privately-educated son, 28, is charged with 11 offences including exposing himself and attacks on police and NHS staff

    The continuing disaster …



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