IF YOU ARE IN THE UK PLEASE REGISTER TO VOTE SINCE THERESA MAY HAS JUST CALLED A SNAP GENERAL ELECTION. ALSO IF YOU OPPOSE A HARD BREXIT, MAKE SURE TO VOTE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS ON THE 8TH JUNE.
ALL the progressive/left wing parties are really, really flawed.
Labour: Jeremy “Oh Where Do We Even Start” Corbyn. Useless on Brexit. Has thrown immigrants under the bus for the sake of chasing the WWC, who are not biting. Never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Party as a whole still carrieslegacy of Blair, Iraq.
LibDems: Tuition fees. Enabling Tories. I’ve come to see this as more complex than I used to - in retrospect I think they DID, in coalition, worst impulses to a degree and sucked at taking credit for their victories, as God knows the Tories have been even more awful since, but there were opportunities to walk out, bring down Cameron’s government before it enacted our current miseries, and they did not take them.
Greens: Just unprofessional to the point where I keep expecting them to fall over and roll around with their legs in the air. Made a hash of Brighton. At one point decided the worst threat to civilisation was artists and writers getting to profit from their work.
I’ve shifted interest from one to the other and all of them have royally pissed me off.
NONE OF THEM deserves your loyalty in the sense of sticking with them to make a point about the unpalatability of any of the others.
ALL OF THEM are better than the Conservatives. Yes, they are. Yes, even that one.
What is the point if they’re just watered down Tories?
Well, the point is that they’re not.
Labour: Wants a £10 minimum wage, universal free meals for primary schools, renationalised railways and to integrate NHS and social care.
LibDems: Trying to save us from Brexit. Much more money for the NHS. Support the introduction of legalised, regulated cannabis and treating drug addiction as a medical issue rather than a criminal one overall. Would give 16-year-olds the vote.
Greens: Want a universal Citizen’s Income. Robin Hood tax on banks. Would repeal the Health and Social Care act of 2012 which basically opened the privatisation floodgates. Also, you know, to save the world.
I once thought the distinction between the Tories and an exasperating opposition wasn’t meaningful. I don’t any more. Don’t like that the Lib Dems broke promises? Well, May promised no snap election, just for starters. Don’t like Labour’s bellicosity? The Tories were there for all of it. Aghast at the Greens’ bungling? Iain Duncan Smith exists. Does that mean “they’re all the same”? No, it means the Conservatives combine the flaws of all of them and the virtues of none of them.
That’s the Tories killing off good policies Labour had put in place, or doing awful things opposed by Labour and the Lib-Dems/Greens, and or thwarting efforts Labour/the LibDems/the Greens were making to rescue children. Those green policies, that NHS funding, those refugee children would be safe right now if the Tories were not in power.
Would Labour/the LibDems/The Greens get to enact all their best ideas and avoid all their worst tendencies? Of course not. Will they do or be what you most want in a government? No. Are you right to be furious with any or all of them? Definitely.
Are you old enough to remember the 80s-to-late-90s when huge numbers of homeless people were sleeping rough all over London? And then in the late 90s through the 00s, how they weren’t? It’s true. Have you seen how they’ve come back, how positive change has been deliberately reversed? I can remember when mass rough-sleeping seemed like the bad old days that would never return. They did not have to.
Do you remember Sure Start? More than 350 Sure Start centres have closed since 2010.
Do you remember when satisfaction with the NHS was at a record high? It wasn’t long ago. It was in 2010, when Labour left office. Satisfaction plummeted during the following year. Now, seven years later it’s on the brink of collapse.
Because none of the left-wing opposition parties are that great it is not worth allowing the differences between them to be points of division. And while we remember their mistakes and even their crimes we must remember what they did right. While we point out their ongoing flaws we must continue to see the opportunities they offer to reverse our slide into a cruelty, ignorance and unnecessary deprivation. Not to do so means more people will literally die. They will die on the sea trying to reach safety or under bombs they cannot escape; they will die waiting for medication or operations that would easily save them; they will die by suicide when they can no longer endure the poverty they have been forced into. They will die of cold and exposure on the streets.
I was in Hastings the other day. I met an old friend of mine. He’s a longterm alcoholic. He’s never going to be employable. He’s just lost his flat and was back to sleeping on the street after having a roof over his head for five years. There was a rattle in his breath that really scared me. He hadn’t had electricty or heating for years. He’s fifty-one, and looks at least ten years older. I think he’ll be dead in a year or so. His MP is the Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
Treat Labour/LibDems/TheGreens as a single opposition. Viewed that way they’re at least adequate. Even if the fuckers can’t get it together to form an alliance. Vote for whoever has the best chance of ousting a Tory.
Liberalism is objectively more profitable for America than conservatism. Minnesota is liberal, and they’ve been raising taxes for years and building a better state a la liberalism-in-action, and Minnesota is doing great with budget surpluses, job growth, expanded social programs and happy people. Kansas, meanwhile, was the self-proclaimed conservative wet dream of tax cuts and conservative economic policy, and instantly their budget and university system went bankrupt, they halted all transportation projects, and are continuing to slide downward in the state rankings of quality of life. Brownback almost lost his reelection, and who knows maybe Kansas’ next governor will be a Democrat to clean up the mess. Louisiana is another state that was deemed a trial run for conservative tax cuts and economic policies under Bobby Jindal and it quickly went bankrupt, too, and lost all hope for growth…so much that Jindal’s successor was a Democrat in a very very republican state.
Our $20 trillion debt is almost entirely made up of war spending and economy-collapse-fixing. The military industrial complex coupled with a psychotic banking system that is undeniably too big to fail have milked our tax base for decades. If we stopped occupying and bombing countries that pissed off millions of people and necessitated future bombings and occupations, think about how much less debt we’d have. If the destruction from derivative banking wasn’t entirely put on the government’s credit card because conservatives always pretend that sociopathically greedy bankers are capable of responsibly regulating themselves, think about how much less debt we’d have. Big banking and military contracting in America is the biggest corporate welfare in the history of human civilization.