The Blessing Of Boris, The Curse Of Trump
The Labour Party has never lost an election in the constituency of Hartlepool since its creation in 1974. But it got walloped this week in a by-election that saw the Tories take the seat.
The Labour Party is no longer the party of the working-class. It must first accept this fact before it charts out a path forward. Currently, Labour’s voter base consists of socially liberal, college-educated and professional-class urban voters who hate their country. They consider themselves global citizens rather than British citizens; their cultural policies are at odds with lower and middle-class Brits, and their economic policies assert their class dominance while at best throwing crumbs at workers.
Brits who lean right are 41 points more likely (!) than Brits who lean left to feel proud of Britain most of the time. A bigger gap than America, Germany & France
Source: Pew Research pic.twitter.com/B5KQ0tLH14
— Matt Goodwin (@GoodwinMJ) May 5, 2021
The picture is actually much more simple than what people might want you to think: you cannot win the votes of the working-class, or the British people, if you vocally despise both. This would mean acknowledging that New Labour must die for good, and that Ed Miliband, Jeremy Corbyn, and Keir Starmer are its outdated offshoots. The material conditions for that sort of politics is dead, and a new post-neoliberal consensus is needed.
Blue Labour —a Labour party pressure group which is culturally conservative and economically socialist— has a chance of making significant inroads into the party, should it choose to. Currently its institutional support is weak, and it only has one Lord (Maurice Glasman) who supports this vision.
Look at those Pew numbers. They indicate that the Democratic Party’s voter base consists of socially liberal, college-educated and professional-class urban voters who hate their country. Not sure where working class black and Hispanic voters fit, but maybe they are the 16 percent of American leftists who are proud of their country. Them and James Carville.
I’m telling you, from here on the banks of the Danube, the pathological hatred that the ruling class of America now — Democrats in Washington, the media, the financial and corporate sector, academia, and so forth — have of America and Americans who don’t share their ideological pathology is breathtaking to see. “America is dismantling itself,” a retired Hungarian bishop said to me yesterday, and boy, is this ever true. This is a tremendous opportunity for the Republicans.
But unlike the Tories in Britain, the Republican Party cannot rid itself of the Trump craziness. A very conservative reader who was not a Never Trumper is deeply frustrated over the way the Trump cult is vexing the party at a time when it needs to get itself together. He writes to me: