Thursday, February 28, 2013

Gullible idiots

On Tuesday evening I watched an interview with Tony Benn on the Parliament channel.

It was the usual self-justifying statements you would expect from Tony Benn.

But he did say one interesting thing:  that Tony Blair was not leader of the Labour party but instead set up his own party called New Labour.

You might think this is just another Labour party member trying to pretend the Blair administration was nothing to do with them.

But there is enough in the statement, if you think about it, to suggest that the United Kingdom experienced a coup in the mid-1990s.

But whatever way you consider it, the ordinary Labour members look like gullible idiots.

And apropos what I have just written, David Green on a website called LabourList asks why people vote Tory:  http://labourlist.org/2013/02/why-would-a-good-person-have-voted-conservative-the-question-labour-needs-to-answer/

When even an eminence grise of the Labour Party is saying New Labour was so alien it constituted an entirely separate party you have to wonder who is going to step forward and take responsibility for what happened 1997 to 2010.

Update:  Martin Kettle in today's Guardian urges Labour supporters not to overlook all the good things that Tony Blair did, which are in danger of being forgotten with all the focus on him being a war criminal (presumably the supporters of Mussolini still say we should overlook the Duce's war crimes because he made the trains run on time):  http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/feb/28/iraq-must-not-blind-us-to-blair

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