The fixing of the electorate for the Labour Leadership is an encouraging sign. In a travesty of democracy the Leader is elected by a tripartite college of party members, trade unions, and the members of the Parliamentary Labour Party and MEPs. Some electors are much, much more equal than others. It is encouraging for a number of reasons:
first it reassures that the general election will take place shortly - too many have too much to gain from arriving in the Commons by the only route available, election (and a general election at that; by-elections coudn't deliver the numbers, now approaching 100 Labour MPs standing down) for any finagling with Parliamentary terms;
second it demonstrates that the claim by the current Leader that he will continue, unelected, on and on, after condemnation at his first electoral trial is just part of his delusional state of denial;
third it returns the Labour party to its historical status-claim that it is the political arm of the trade union movement (a claim denied, of course, by many Conservative members of trade unions, but they were shouted down by the socialist bullies long ago); and it ends for good the vainglorious Blairite claim that Labour is the political arm of the British people (a claim to which Conservatives and Liberals are an immovable refutation);
last, or perhaps 'at last', it sets the terms of the general election (for lack of which the Conservatives have been so unjustly saddled with responsibility).
Labour offer big state, high tax, trade union-dominated governance without individualist, pluralist democracy, individual choice and aspiration. They offer, too - proven fiscal and economic incompetence; life-long debt; clumsy and inappropriate, supplier-driven, public services; authoritarian intrusion into personal and family life; the substitution of socioeconomic caste structures for meritocratic achievement; and cultural bullying. Labour offers craven conformity to both the European Union and the United States' imperatives and, where these do not conform, submission to those of the United States - even unto immoral and unjust war.
Conservatives offer to sort out the unholy fiscal and economic mess from 13 years of Labour corrupt and incompetent maladministration, followed by leaving us all alone. To live our lives in safety, with opportunity, and in peace.
We know, oh! how we know, from recent experience how Labour carries through its programme.
Angels experienced the Conservative one-nation society - access for all to housing; public and personal health; schooling and apprenticeships; for the quick-off-the-mark, universities (socks need to be pulled up there by the Tories); work.
Angels were offered wings.
Earning my corn...
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