If you’re a Labour moderate your party’s deserted you…so come and join the Lib Dems!
October 2, 2011 § 6 Comments
If you are a New Labourite, a Labour moderate, your party has now deserted you.
After last week’s lurch to the Left your party is now headed for the electoral buffers, taking on any business that doesn’t meet its unspecified standards (though, apart from a couple of examples, no Minister-interviewed on TV-could seem to name a company that would fall under the title of ‘predators), still not apologising in any kind of meaningful way for leaving the country with-as Liam Byrne famously admitted-‘no money left.’
A party which feels able to easy boo and hiss at the mention of the name of its most succesful and centrist leader is no longer one that can be a home for moderates.
Whatever our problems with Tony Blair (and some of his policies were unforgivable) there’s no doubt that he was a pragmatist and that he at least attempted to govern from the pragmatic centre ground…and-in electoral terms at least-was incredibly successful.
A party which can cheer the likes of Kinnock and Brown-but boo Blair-is a party which is now rusted on its Left-leaning axis.
There is now only one party which is in and represents the radical centre in British politics: The Liberal Democrats.
A party which is economically Liberal on financial matters and socially Liberal on others is, I would argue, the best example of what Mr Blair might once have called ‘The Third Way.’
So, if you’re one of those who is a centrist pragmatist, someone on the centre-left, Labour is clearly no longer for you.
I can assure you, you’ll find a very warm welcome in the Lib Dems.
I look forward to hearing of many defections in the coming weeks, months and years.