Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Do you want a Marxist government?
Many folk like to draw a comparison between the leadership of the Conservative Party and "New" Labour. "There's no difference"; these folk cry; "Cameron is just the reincarnation of Blair." After two days in the presence of a collection of avowed (well those I asked) Labour supporters, I can tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. Here's a selection of the thoughts and comments of these people. Ask yourselves whether you think David Cameron believes any of this?
"The triple challenge of peak oil, climate change and financial collapse. Indicative of the crisis of late capitalism."
"We need a new definition of wealth. Common wealth rather than private wealth."
On the suggestion that he meant the nationalisation of land: "Yes, bring it on."
"There is a new paradigm. An end to the rational-economic model." (one presumes it will be replaced by an irrational economic model).
"We need to abolish land value. And replace it with social value."
All of the people expressing these views were academics, policy-makers in government agencies - people not without influence. These were not the ravings of a Marxist fringe. People believe this rubbish. But none of those people are Conservatives, none of those people run private businesses, and none of those people are David Cameron.
However, the labour Party, large chunks of the Liberal Democrat Party and, of course, the ghastly Green Party have been entirely taken in by this dangerous and deluded reincarnation of the Marxist myth of government directed salvation.
So don't blame me if your protest vote results in a Marxist government.