Losing Labour's core vote, which has happened now in London to some extent, Crewe markedly, and Glasgow East devastatingly must be the chief concern of any Labour politician. The debate about the increasing of 'choice' over publicly provided services, or the outsourcing of service provision to private entities is by the board now. Labour needs to consolidate its very foundations. The 'choice' agenda has lost out to the 'survive' agenda imposing itself in every lower paid home in the United Kingdom.
So David Miliband has been forced to act earlier than he wished, proffering a New Labour programme for the future made up of the usual empty inanities dressed as policy, because the core has begun to act to protect itself. Harriet Harman, Alan Johnson, John Cruddas, and not so much the left as the old Labour members of the Parliamentary Labour Party have rooting systems spreading through the union and affiliated party, as well as the constituency parties - the Party most shocked by the loss of Crewe, and Glasgow East. The membership of the Labour Movement is embodied here, in the unions, affiliates, and CLPs, not in the Parliamentary Labour Party.
Harman was voted into office as deputy Leader by all of these party votes, unlike the failed Leader. Others in the PLP are union-based and union supported, or affiliated with parts of the wider Labour movement. They know that the Party must exist either as its mass membership, both organised, and individuals, and seek their interests and their aims, or it will have no purpose and disintegrate. New Labour is not a purpose that interests working people and is becoming understood rapidly as inimical to their hopes and expectations now, in our changed economic circumstances made so much worse by Brown's policies.
Recognising that Labour cannot win a general election, and acknowledging that the Labour Movement has no wish to be involved in any anti-democratic manoeuvres or attempts to prolong artificially the current regime's hold on power, it is likely that David Miliband's weak and disloyal atttack upon his puppet master will be pushed aside. Pushed aside by the leaders of the Labour Movement who will accept the need to regroup, abandon the anti- working people policies of New Labour, limit the damage to the Movement and establish a firm resistance to any damage to the working conditions and lifestyles of the core Labour supporters, who will otherwise abandon the Party to oblivion.
This is not to say that people wanting a continuation of the last eleven years ahould vote Conservative. No Conservative government would engage in the financial incompetence and recklessness, the economic folly and disregard for manufacturing and infrastructures, the grotesque levels and complexities of the taxation system, the warmongering and wasted opportunities of New Labour and its punctured dreams.
It is to say that voting Labour must be a choice for the support of the working people and for their aspirations and security, not a vote for the ruined, lying, deculturalised, economic and financial wreck New Labour's idealogues have brought us to.
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