The inadequacies of the Labour Party as an electable force began with Miliband, and have only been exacerbated under the ruthlessly divisive leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. Many of his supporters point to his double leadership election success as evidence he could perform well at a general election. However, it is these same supporters who are the evidence of how disconnected Corbyn and the party are from the views of the public.
One of the biggest pull factors towards supporting Corbyn, is the fact that he supposedly represents the views of the working people of this country, as a champion of the working class and long-time advocate for equality and diversity. This could not be further from the truth though, as those who champion him as a great leader of the party are not the traditional working class labour voters, but rather upper and middle class young people (mostly students) who have been sold the dream of a socialist Utopia through indoctrination into cultural Marxist principles. Nowhere is this disconnect from real working class principles more evident than in the party’s attitudes towards certain policies on areas that are real working class concerns like immigration and the European Union. It is this neglect of the traditional base that is causing a rift in the party, weakening their position as the only opposition to the Conservative Party.
Furthermore, the poisonous spectre of identity politics hangs over the party, and the wider political left, with every decision that is made, despite it clearly being a losing strategy among voters, both here and in the States. The constant whining about how “the right only seeks to divide us”, whilst simultaneously stating unironically that women and ethnic minorities are systematically oppressed in one of the most liberal and tolerant societies in the western world.
Dividing people based on race, gender and sexuality, whilst accusing all who dissent as bigots, is a favoured tactic among many within the far-left, with publications such as the Guardian and the Independent entrenching these divides with ‘clickbait’ headlines about how everything is in some way racist, sexist or bigoted, and the only way to rid yourself of this original sin of racism is to repent through self-degradation and promoting the cult of diversity.
To many it may seem unfair to attribute these attitudes to Corbyn, the Labour Party, or the entirety of the left, however they have regularly criticised both the public and the private sector for a lack of diversity and a failure to provide the identity driven equality of outcome that they seek. This is evidenced every Wednesday on PMQs, where Corbyn draws all his complaints and counter-punches to the PM from emotion rather than logic or fact, believing that shaming the government over arbitrary issues solidifies his moral superiority.
If the rhetoric and actions of the Labour party and the British left are not enough evidence of their decline in electability and destruction of credibility, then a look at some of their close affiliates certainly is. For years, the links between the Labour Party’s London mayor Sadiq Khan and extremists have caused tensions between many even within the party, however, it is the links of the party to the NUS that have drawn the most criticism.
The failure of Corbyn to denounce the acts of terror in France, Belgium and Germany for what they are – religious extremism – demonstrates the very issues of denial that are turning moderate leftists away from the party, as May and the Conservatives move to capture the centre ground. Indeed, many more left leaning voters and moderate Labour members are flocking to the Conservatives, as every attempt to reform the party and try and push away from this collectivist and identity driven politics strategy continues to fail.
The British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn and the entirety of the modern political left are failing to realise that the constant stream of defeats in general elections and referendums, both at home and abroad, are a result of a failing strategy of identities rather than ideas. Even more troubling for more moderate leftists, and classical liberals who used to vote Labour, is the fact that often when these defeats occur, there is a distinct lack of introspection.
After a dismal referendum campaign, ‘remainers’ failed to realise that the strategy of calling anyone with legitimate concerns about immigration or the expansionist policies of the European Union as ‘racist’, turned possible voters against them and led to an upsurge in support for the Leave campaign. In addition to this the false idea of supposed ‘Brexit remorse’ became popularised by the far-left press, who remained remarkably sanctimonious in defeat. All this even though support for Brexit, although briefly fluctuating, has remained relatively the same. It is with this in mind that one must consider that the only way for a new Labour government to emerge is for the left as a whole to reform from within by accepting the reality that a move to the centre is the only viable strategy to regain the ground they have lost, and that the politics of identities over ideas will never convince the more rational Generation X voters.