Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is shameful
BY SAM WHITE
You have to hand it to the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn, they are utterly unfazed by things like public opinion, winning general elections, or even, for that matter, holding general elections.
Certainly, it struck many as odd that they chose to prevent Boris Johnson from going to the polls in October, making Corbyn—who had been demanding an election since he lost out at the last one—the first ever opposition leader to have blocked a general election.
But then, as the Beastie Boys once asserted, “don’t play no game that I can’t win”, and when you look at what Labour have revealed about themselves at this year’s party conference, their decision not to allow a nationwide test of their suitability for government seems sage-like in its wisdom.
One stand-out from their crackpot meet-up, besides the now requisite Palestinian flags?
A cosy old socialist punt: let’s sacrifice to a faulty ideology most of the country’s best schools and ensure that the state has close control of your children’s edu-indoctrination.
Perhaps indoctrination is a strong word to use, but I can’t help noticing that even as conservative fears about brainwashing in the classroom are dismissed as paranoia, we then watch children being given a day off school to march the streets with climate activists who include in their movement explicit socialist messaging.
Back to the party conference, though. In summary, Labour want to abolish private schools, absorbing all such existing institutions into the state schooling system. A move which includes, in a sassy despotic flourish, the government taking possession of and redistributing the seized schools’ assets.
It takes a special sort of mind to look at a system with two components, and conclude that one thing works better than the other, so let’s get rid of the one that works better and there you go, equality. It takes a leftist mind, specifically. The same kind of mind that is at ease with the state appropriating private property on a whim.
When I read about this policy belch, I was reminded of Peter Cook in character as potential England football manager, Alan Latchley, in a 1993 interview with Clive Anderson. Expounding on the strategic workings of his time at Manchester City, he explains how he dealt with discrepancies in the aptitude levels of his players, through his concept of “equal playing facilities”:
“…if you had skillful people on your team, that was no excuse for them playing better than the others… my tactic was to get them all down to exactly the same level.”
Finally, as an added un-populist bonus, what’s the latest Labour message on Brexit? As in, how do they view that thing that the majority of voters opted for three years ago, which happens to be the biggest mandate in British political history, and is, as it goes, supported by huge numbers in the traditional Labour heartlands?
Well, in addition to wanting to negotiate an exit deal they would then campaign against after having cancelled the valid existing referendum in order to force an anti-democratic second one… in addition to that… to some in the Labour Party, Brexit is, inevitably,—like seemingly everything else this current incarnation of the left opposes— “a far-right project”.
What a way to speak to the country.
Sam White is a writer whose work has appeared in The Spectator, Quillette and Vice. Follow him on twitter: @SamWhiteTky