[Marxism] Fwd: Does the left have a future? | John Harris | Politics | The Guardian

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Sep 8 06:13:06 MDT 2016

If modern capitalism was now a byword for insecurity and inequality, 
Labour’s response increasingly sounded like a Darwinian demand for 
people to accept that change, and do their best to ensure that they kept 
up. Worse still, those exacting demands were being made by a new clique 
of Labour politicians who were culturally distant from their supposed 
“core” voters, and fatally unaware of their rising disaffection.

In 2010, under Gordon Brown’s butter-fingered leadership, Labour fell to 
a miserable 29% of the vote – its lowest share since 1983, when it came 
within a whisker of finishing third. Five years later, despite opinion 
polls suggesting a possible Labour win, Ed Miliband could only raise 
Labour’s vote share by a single percentage point.

If the party hoped to reassemble the electoral coalition that had just 
about held together through the second half of the 20th century, the 
world that gave rise to it had clearly gone. Trade union membership was 
at an all-time low, heavy industry had disappeared, and traditional 
class consciousness had waned.


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