Sunday, 17 June 2012

The unmaking of the working-class

On 9 May 2009, author and journalist, Jeremy Seabrook, wrote the following in The Guardian:
“New Labour could not wait to repudiate everything the Labour Party had ever stood for and this left its former heartland a political desert...

The white working class... could be left to their fate in forlorn estates of liquor shops covered with chicken wire, leaky drainpipes, semi-wild dogs and tattered flags of St George – everything that symbolised the last gasp of a disappearing working class...

Margaret Thatcher... understood that the best way to be rid of troublesome organised labour was to destroy the economic base on which it depended and she was an early proponent of outsourcing manufactured goods. She set about the demolition of industry with gusto, and with it, THE UNMAKING OF THE WORKING CLASS, her allies the invisible army of apparently invincible GLOBAL ECONOMIC FORCES.

A Labour Party that saw its original constituency erased from the political map readily ABANDONED THE VICTIMS OF THESE PROCESSES, those it had always taken for granted. ‘our own people’, they possessively called them, adding that, no matter what Labour did, ‘they had nowhere else to go’...

You don't have to agree with what the British National Party stands for to recognise the legitimacy of its concern for 'these people', those written off by a party which assumed seigneurial rights over their vote.”
Oh yes, ladies and gents, in 2009, even the pet rag of the liberal intelligentsia was coming down hard on globalism and the betrayal of the working-classes by New Labour.

Such criticism hasn't made any difference, of course. No matter who's in power, there is only one thing that will stop the politicians behaving with genocidal contempt towards those who vote for them.

Fear of reprisal.

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