Oh and here’s what I think about the election

The Tories are being horribly smug – the ghastly Gove was almost threatening to John Humphries this morning, and mansplained this and that. Including his desire to remake constituencies to be
‘fairer’, which I suspect means a colossal gerrymander to ensure Tory victories forever.

I am afraid, I am very afraid. My fear is that they get a very small working majority and exploit a divided opposition to push through whatever they want.

This is the downside of what I also want. I want New Labour punished enough that they think hard about everything that the Party I Used to Love has done over the last 16 years – because they were doing it before they were in office. The pandering to the Daily Mail and Murdoch, often, once in power, at the expense of human death and pain. The control freakery and the authoritarianism that derived from it. The sucking up to the rich. I want Labour purified and more humane.

What went wrong with New Labour could go wrong with any progressive party that forgets to place radical substance ahead of smooth presentational style. I remember, from the Thorpe era, how easy it was for the Liberal party to lose track of its soul, and a lot of bright young activists. I love my Lib Dem friends but don’t think you are immune from the temptations that near-damned Labour.

I hope for an arrangement between the Labour and LibDem parties that will keep the Tories out of office and make possible real electoral reform. And bring Labour back to its senses and its better angels.

I fear that Labour arrogance and LibDem triumphalism, and Tory postal votes, will produce a result entirely opposite to what I want.

I still don’t know how I will vote. My views tally most with the Greens; my hopes are with the LibDems because I want some sort of change; my heart is with the Labour Party for reasons that are partly tribal and partly an intellectual commitment to socialism.

My voting hand has a mind of its own – albeit a progressive one.

I live in a safe Labour seat.


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11 Responses to Oh and here’s what I think about the election

  1. the ghastly Gove was almost threatening to John Humphries this morning

    Wasn’t he, though? It was like he’d decided from the outset that everyone at the Beeb was conspiring against him. He sounded like one of those yappy little terriers.

  2. cluegirl says:

    I live in a safe Labour seat.

    I feel you. I lived in Texas during the 2000 presidential election, and so I had the liberty to vote my conscience, knowing that there was no chance my state would not go fully in support of the governor which had already bankrupted its state budget into a record breaking defecit. I had the luxury of voting to keep the Green party on the ballot for the next run. It still didn’t help knowing that overall, my vote wasn’t going to help the party I wanted to win.

  3. My Labour MP has a majority in the thousands. In a way it would be easier if keeping the Tories out were a concern in my constituency. As it is, I have to vote according to my principles, knowing that it won’t make a dent.

  4. surliminal says:

    I fel like I need election counselling. (WE get everything else counselled- why not this? or the equivalent of an independent mortgage broker 🙂

    I want at all costs not a Tory majority; at best a Lab/LD conspiracy oops coalition.

    I live in an extremely marginal Lab/LD marginal, which is also conceivably a three-way marginal. Instinct and on the whole, inclination says vote LD – but if we need Lab to fight off the Tories more than anything (given how badly LD votes convert to seats), is that the wrong thing to do? I am really perplexed.

    • geekyisgood says:

      One of my friends has the same problem. I’m lib dem but when it comes to lab-lib marginals I’m not that fussed who gets it as long as the candidates are decent.

      My choice is essay – Evan Harris is being threatened by a rather scary Tory so he gets my vote. I think he would whatever the circumstances.

    • annafdd says:

      Election counseling is not such a far-fetched idea. I remember seeing research to the effect that mental health in general tends to be worse under right-wing government.

      I wish I could rejoice at the increased professional opportunities this would grant me. Ha. As if the first things to be cut in the NHS wouldn’t be “luxuries” like mental health provisions under a Tory government.

      Possibly to fund complementary therapies.

  5. annafdd says:

    Nobody of my LibDem friends seem to seriously consider that the LibDems might indeed want to ally themselves with the Tories. I think they will. In a way, that is a good thing because it might – might – tone down the worst of the Tories.

    I am afraid that my LibDem friends will, in that case, have a series of very bad surprises in store, because that is the nature of politics.

    I am afraid that what will happen is that the split in the progressive vote will let the Tories have a majority. This is not going to be fun.

    By far the most frightening prospect for me, the most long-reaching and the most likely to happen, is the cutting down of the BBC. I know better than anybody what happens to a country that loses an impartial media, and with all its faults, the BBC is that. I will keep murmuring to myself “It’s still better than Berlusconi” if the worst comes to the worst, but I anticipate a lot of very bad deja-vu in the future.

    Labour, of course, will be richly desevering to lose; but “Labour” means many things. I’m pretty sure that the grassroots militants do not deserve this. Nor do I think that the Gillian Duffys, whose vote or non-vote will bring the Labour downfall, deserve the kind of future depicted in that scary article about Hammersmith and Fulham.

    I think after the deluge, old Labour supporters (and new) will have the opportunity to take the party back. Maybe even get to mutter a few “I told you so”.

    But, let’s hope that the future holds a brighter prospect. Maybe the Toreis won’t get a majority; maybe the Lib-Dems will not decide to ally with them. We’ll see.

    Either way I think this is the last we’ll see of Gordon Brown and I for one am sorry. He was better than almost any other New Labour politician I’ve heard.

  6. This could be me. I am sooo tempted by the Cambridge Socialists, who stand for all the things I believe in, and who have no hope at all. My head says vote clever and keep the Tory count down. They are unlikely to gain here, anyway, but the numbers still matter and Labour need those numbers, and Clegg might endorse Cameron. Wah. I want to be Spanish today and have the socialists in power.

  7. the_maenad says:

    Both your opinions and your position tally with mine to a rather unnerving extent. If our MP wasn’t retiring this would be as safe a Labour seat as any, but since he’s being replaced by what Ben Elton would call “a suit full of bugger all” with a red rosette, I’m voting Lib Dem with cross kings and a slight sense of queasiness.

    Certainly trotting this userpic out from days of yore feels a little weird now.

  8. shelleybear says:

    Every election I want to vote Green, and every election the Repukes and the Democraps show up at my door telling me it would be a waste of my vote.
    Well, I voted for Obama.
    We still have no public option.
    We are still in two stupid, useless wars.
    This year, for sure I’m voting Green.
    Fuck ’em!
    I ain’t a zombie anymore.

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