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