A Dream Deferred

May 20, 2010 at 6:48 PM 1 comment

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?

(Langston Hughes)

I have just read the programme for of the new ConLib government which makes it perfectly clear that despite their pronouncements about a new politics and the big society, they are firmly on the side of the rich and privileged. I have to say this has come as no surprise to me as I am somebody who rejects the notion that just because technology has speeded up communications and people are able to move around at a faster speed, the world has fundamentally changed.

I have also been watching with interest the unfolding of the labour party leadership race and reading the pronouncements of various senior party figures all assuring us that the party needs to make a change and that the Blair versus Brown or Old labour versus new labour debates need to be forgotten and that like a Chameleon the party needs to metamorphosis itself and adopt a new set of values that will make it clear that it stands for social justice.

Unfortunately all the rhetoric from the leading contender is as a friend put it sounds like marketing on an ailing product. It appears that they just don’t understand that the Tories have recaptured their natural centre right ground and glib phrases about the need to move on to next labour from David Milliband or that we need a new way of doing politics from Ed Milliband might be a turn on the chattering classes who love the political gossip in the Guardian, but doesn’t do anything for the thousands of labour party supporters who feel alienated from the party. Who have either left the Party or like me found it impossible to be active in it because we disagree with what the New Labour Government did on virtually every major policy area. Whether it be going to war in Iraq, the semi privatisation – sorry choice – agenda in schools and hospitals, the failure to address the ever increasing housing problem by building affordable council housing for ordinary families or the pandering to big business or the banks.

You may well ask why I didn’t leave the party and that is a valid question. The reason why I haven’t comes back to my earlier belief that the world has not changed. The problem with new labour and the politicians that have emerged from the ruins is that they believe that everybody has the same interests, that as a country if we prosperous everybody gets rich. They have warped the original pluralist values of the labour party which recognised that the interests of the poor are contrary and different from those occupying positions of power and privilege into some kind of weird notion of diversity pluralism a coalition of a load of single interest groups.

If Labour are going to be revived the the current party leadership need to understand that it is time to get back to the notion that labour exists to represent the needs of working people. That in order to deliver social justice they need to deliver economic justice and that this means tackling the vested interests and privileges of big business and the super rich. The old adage – for a few to be rich many have to be poor – has never been truer than in the modern world and the crime of new labour accepting this and not challenging or attempting to change this fundamental political truth dashed the dreams of huge numbers of people who were voting for real change in 1997. For my part I hope that dream was just deferred and that the labour party can rise to the challenge of re-awaken and reinvigorate this dream or fear that it will as a party become and irrelevance spouting platitudes without meaning.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Kapodaattaicy  |  May 27, 2010 at 10:23 AM

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