Friday, 11 December 2015
Mao Zedong portrait" by Zhang Zhenshi (1914–1992)
Hats off to The Times writer who penned the title Maomentum to the Editorial pages this morning. It certainly brought a smile to this grumpy blogger! Addressing the drift of Labour away from mainstream politics our anonymous writer laments:
Free peoples need safeguards against the destructive powers of factions. From two and a half centuries this has been a basic justification for representative democracy as opposed to giving a say to those with the loudest voices.
Sadly this observation is an accurate reflection of the crisis now enveloping the Labour Party in the age of social media. Balance and reflection is replaced by shrill series of "traitor" and "Tory lite" to anyone who dares to disagree with Momentum's little red book-like followers.
Strictly speaking of course there aren't any Maoists involved in the Momentum Tendency (as far as I know) despite John McDonell's foolish quotations or Corbyn's references to Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha (pronounced to rhyme with "todger").
Most of these people are either Trotskyists, Stalinists or at least influenced by these ideological traditions and their mode of operations.
Dissent will not be tolerated.
No safe spaces for those that dare to disagree.
Having operated in a left wing dominated union the antics of the far-left are both obvious and subliminal at the same time. Hegemony once established cannot be challenged.
It's in the nature of the Marxist totalitarian beast.
Despite their noise the half-a-per-cent that make up the far-left in this country, the majority of ordinary and especially working class voters are not ideologically minded. Not part of the British culture really. What people want is fair treatment, help for those who cannot look after themselves and for those that have the ability to pay their fair share of taxes both individually and corporately to maintain a civilised society.
Communism especially now long exposed for the tyranny that it is does not appeal. Call it what you will "socialism" "Trotskyism" or try and pretend it is a "progressive" movement does not wash.
There is a strong tradition of both individual and economic liberalism is this country that both the left and the current Tory ideologues have long forgotten, deliberate or otherwise.
The need to return to rational, non-ideologically driven politics is urgent.
Political (and religious) extremism is tearing not just this country but Europe apart as we see the rise of the National Front in France, Jobbik in Hungary and Corbynism in the UK amongst others.
The line between the extremists has always been thin and at times as the lunatics of the Stop the War Coalition have shown us is easily crossed.
Far too easily.