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  1. Looks like a pendulum swing to me:

    Wilson to Foot moving Left
    Kinnock to Blair moving Right
    Brown to Corbyn moving Left

    But that doesn’t look like any guide to the next ten years, given that the choices are Left or Lefter.

    You are correct about the Party’s statist instincts though.

    It’s a shame the LibDems are so inept. It would be great to return to the choice the Victorians had, where the limits of the state (and taxation) were matters of general agreement.

  2. What I find depressing is the complete failure of ‘right wing’ governments to learn from the left wing ones. Even when Labour tack to the right economically (as under Blair), they still use the opportunity to push the cultural window leftwards. Even when nominally toeing the ‘centrist’ line they are working behind the scenes to make things more Leftist. Conservative governments never do that, or haven’t since Thatcher. Selling off council houses was a classic – no subsequent government dared change it, however much they hated it. All other Tory governments since have just accepted the Leftist pile of road blocks put in their way. They never remove any or put some of their own in place. A Tory government should pass laws like ‘No-one should pay more than 50% of their income in tax’ that sort of thing. Laws that may not have a great effect now, but may constrain Leftists in the future. Or one of my perennial favourites, create a voluntary tax system so the those demanding higher taxes can pay some right now!

  3. What is with this “centrist” party stuff?

    A key election commitment for Boris’s Conservatives was to throw more money at socialized medicine. Another commitment is to make the UK “carbon neutral”. And Far Right Boris has already deep-sixed fracking in the UK.

    When the Party of the supposed-Right is already way past Centrist and quite deep into Left Wing territory, what is the Party of the Left supposed to do? They may feel forced by the Leftwards charge of the Conservatives to go even further Left.

    A realist might note that, despite Boris’s commanding majority in Westminster, 56% of UK voters marked their X for Parties which are even further Left than the Left-wing Conservatives. The problem for Labour is not that they are Far Left; it is that their activists are mostly nasty people. With the right front men, Labour could win every time. Fortunately, their activists are nasty people and not likely to countenance the right kind of front men — sorry, I mean transgendered Palestinian lesbians of colour.

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