In 1997, any Labour activist under 40 would not have had the experience of voting for a Labour government. The attitudes of opposition were deep-set and the party in the country was deeply unready for Government, however prepared Blair and Brown and the rest of the shower were.
In opposition, everything confirms your cognitive biases. Things that go wrong are your enemy’s fault. It’s easy to brush good news under the carpet. Focussing relentlessly on the negative that Government does, when your enemies are the government, feels good. Evidence, the easily available and memorable sort, confirms every prejudice you hold about the “wicked” Tories, and it’s easy to go looking for more.
This is why Blair, who for all his myriad faults, was detested by his party and the broader left. He was comfortable with the compromises of Government. He was unable to deliver the re-nationalisation of industry the Labour movement craved and yearned for. But he was, despite the wailings of the idiot left of his party, a creature who increased state control. The Blair Government increased taxes, increased state spending and increased the scale and reach of the state. State workers were generously remunerated, and headcount exploded. Regulations were poured onto business like glue. Blair was a lefty, leading a left-wing government. It was just not as left wing as the activists wanted.
Can you see where I am going with this?
For Labour in 1997, read Conservatives in 2010. For Blair read Cameron. For Idiot left, read UKIP.
If you’re on the right, ranting about how David Cameron is “no different to Tony Blair” and “it doesn’t matter, they’re all the same. We’re governed by the EUSSR anyway” you sound just like a Labour activist ranting about “capitalism” in 1983, and just as electable.
The morons of the Tory right/UKIP borg: the mirror image of why Labour was unelectable in the 1980s.
Cameron’s a good egg, cutting spending, taking on the Unions, standing up to Europe. Just not quite as much nor with the relish demanded by, the kind of activist who’s gotten rather too comfortable with the idealogical certainties of opposition. Tories govern, practically and with the best long-term interests of the UK at heart. It’s what we do. It’s what Maggie Thatcher did (whatever the Tory right and Labour left say she did). We don’t govern according to some idealogical play-book nor should we. State spending is growing in nominal, but not in real terms. Stop lying with statistics, and get behind the only man who can keep Ed Miliband out of Downing Street.
If you think that “doesn’t matter”, because they’re “all the same”, my contempt for you is absolute. The enemy is to Cameron’s left, Gentlemen, not yours. Get back to your posts.
http://bracken.uk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/logo-2.png00Malcolm Brackenhttp://bracken.uk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/logo-2.pngMalcolm Bracken2013-05-08 16:11:002017-07-21 01:43:21The Opposition Comfort Zone