Labour’s leader, says Jack Wharton, isn’t motivated by a revolutionary zeal for social justice, just a cynical desire for for power
Ed Miliband is not stupid. He’s many things – goofy, nasal, and according to most people, a little weird – but this Oxford-educated son of a Marxist academic is no idiot.
As much as the Tory Party wants to paint him so, he isn’t Red Ed either. He wont be joining the barricades and calling for an end to capitalism. After all, he would have more to lose than most if private property were abolished.
Rather, like most Marxists, his politics are an exercise in how he wishes the world to be, rather than how it is. Marxist theory is promptly mugged by reality whenever and wherever it touches the real world. The Labour leader knows this.
He knows that price controls don’t work. He also knows that rent controls don’t work. I would go as far as saying he knows that these short term political fixes will make the long term problems worse. But you know what? He doesn’t care.
Ed Miliband isn’t stupid: he’s cynical. He has given up on grown up, responsible politics. Instead he will simply bribe the electorate by telling them what they want to hear.
The sole aim of Miliband’s Labour party, far from ushering in a proletarian revolution, is to win power in May 2015. What it has to destroy, whom it has to make poorer, or when we all pay the price for these illiterate policies, is of little or no concern.
The modern Labour party is an ideological wasteland, reduced to playing the role of a desperate court jester trying to grab the electorate’s attention with a multitude of simultaneous yet unrelated con-tricks.
Meanwhile, white working-class voters in the North are increasingly disillusioned with conventional politics. For the past 20 years, they’ve turned to Labour. But the European elections this month will demonstrate just how fragile Labour’s base truly is.
And at the post-mortem, when the Labour party searches for a reason for its defeat at the hands of UKIP, far from the rise of Euro-scepticism, the patronising politics currently being peddled by the Labour leader will be to blame.
And on the morning of May 22, 2015, as Miliband’s dreams of power lay in ruins, the world will know why.
Voter may be self interested: but, like Miliband, they are far from stupid. They realise that difficult decisions are not optional, but a part of life. They know that nothing comes for free, and everyone pays in the end.
At least I think and hope they do. If not, I’ll be left with little option than to emigrate. Because Miliband’s Britain really would be a terrifying place.