Not sheepish, but individ-ewe-al
2017-07-25 07:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you for setting this out for me, it's really helpful to have an explanation of what all the to me inexplicable celebration was about.
In general, an awful government having a slim majority does improve things, but in this particular situation, Corbyn isn't interested in getting his party to actually vote against the government, so a slim majority is still a majority. I too thought that the Tories, and at least May, who is personally awful beyond the low general average of the party at the moment, would be damaged by the election, but they seem to be just as strong as they ever were and pursuing just as many terrible policies.
I can see that it's sort of nice to see left-of-centre policies gaining some electoral popularity. But I don't think outright xenophobia is a minor disappointment, I think it's racism. And racist politics alongside a vaguely nice social programme is not something I'm willing to vote for, let alone celebrate.
Regarding specific policies, none of Labour's proposals will be affordable post-Brexit. My best hope is that Corbyn will do the proper left-wing thing of borrowing and raising taxes to fund welfare. But spending on health and education in 2022 will be too late after five years of starving and asset-stripping public services. Anyway, Labour didn't say they'd abolish the WCA, they said they'd replace it with something "more humane". I assume this means administered by Labour donors rather than Tory donors, but I don't want a "humane" test to see whether people are really disabled and really deserve to have enough income to live on, I want the whole principle of punitive tests to be abolished. But I can see that people like the idea of more support for public services, that's not an unreasonable thing to be in favour of.
Whether the level of deselection and demotion of MPs that has happened since the election qualifies as a purge is debatable, of course. I am preetty unimpressed by Corbyn's attitude not only to colleagues who criticize him, but to anyone who is at all willing to cooperate with anyone outside his own charmed circle. His backstabbing of party members who wanted to collaborate with the National Health Action party was exactly the kind of thing that I'm objecting to; party unity is more important than ousting Jeremy Hunt or making a serious effort to protect the NHS. He has a long track record of regarding particularly female MPs as disposable, which is hardly the progressive value I aspire to. I don't see Corbyn making deals with any other parties, given he spent the whole of this election campaign absolutely ruling out ever working with anyone ever, and I have no reason to believe he'll be any more willing to compromise in 2022.
I don't particularly blame Corbyn for the fact that some of his supporters are abusive on social media, or like hanging out in large groups chanting slogans. I also don't think he's much like the caricature portrayed in the right wing media. But not being an actual cartoon villain who is both dastardly and completely useless doesn't make him an actually decent politician.
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