Friday, October 02, 2009

You Have Been Warned

Some people on 'the Left' gave up on democracy a long time ago - both Cherie Blair and Helena Kennedy are on record as saying that they saw the law as a more effective method of bringing about radical social change than dull old vote-grubbing - and when you look at the helplessness of the law-abiding and the empowerment of the criminal today, who's to say they were wrong ?

(incidentally, if anyone out there has mp3s of Ms Kennedy's recent 4 part R4 'Jeopardising Justice' series, please get in touch - I didn't record them and should have done)

Still, that dull old campaigning stuff played its part, and Labour have been in power for 12 years, arriving with massive goodwill and expectation, soon to leave with the hatred of many and the bitterness of their own supporters.

Laurie Penny has been to the Labour conference :

On Tuesday I walked along the seafront with Hilary Wainwright (another public school leftie) and John McDonnell whilst those two seasoned old campaigners- veterans of 1968, feminists and formerly die-hard Labour activists - mused that the future of the left lay in direct action.
John McDonnell is a fan of the IRA ("it's about time we started honouring those people involved in the armed struggle") and has called for the lifting of the UK ban on the LTTE, more usually known as the Tamil Tigers.

It remains to be seen what manner of 'direct action' Mr McDonnell has in mind. Can't say we've not been told, though.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mr McDonnell may look forward to an era of 'direct action'. But we live in interesting times and he might find his involvement in such action being in a somewhat different role from that he currently envisions. And perhaps not in a way he would derive a great deal of personal enjoyment from.

Sgt Troy said...

We've never had a democracy anyway - if we had had we would never have turned into the deindustrialised, bankrupt third world in the making rat hole that is now unfortunately the case.

Kennedy and Cherie are essentially pre-Locke in their divine right approach.

What we need is a kind of Cromwell plus to sort out this disasterous mess and the treasonous rabble who infest the body politic.

McDonnel is unspeakable, so is this ghastly chit of girl Penny or whatever her name is.

Generally I'm glad to say the left tends to get the worst of it, look at the end of the Paris Commune.

It is pointless trying to talk sense into these people.

Laban disapproves of my approach but we must face the fact that the country has been fundamentally destabilised, not merely by leftist scum but of course by the banksters into the bargain.

Meanwhile I'm off to the regimental grindstone to sharpen my sabre, confident that it will do good service for the nation in the not too distant future.

TDK said...

Jeopardising Justice

Someone has requested this on usenet. Their nym is similar to a commentator who has posted here and on JuliaM. I assume their request is for you.

Assuming I am incorrect but their request is fulfilled, I can step in.

You know my email address.

Ross said...

The thing about using the law rather than politics to effect change makes the recent establishment of a supreme court potentially interesting.

As it is for all the problems with the courts and judicial activism, Parliament can still set the law. Not sure how long that will last.

Martin said...

Laban,

The critical mistake we have made in our thinking was believing the the elites of either left and right, whatever those two labels now mean, have ever been interested in democracy. That's never been the case. Seizure of the means of administration was the only means by which either of those equally insubstantial Queen's Counselettes, one the daughter of a ham actor whose most memorable performance was being beaten to a pulp by John Wayne in the movie 'Brannigan', the other aye gagging to swap Pollokshaws for Primrose Hill, could ever achieve any kind of influence.

As far as McDonnell's concerned, the praise for the IRA should be dismissed as what VS Naipaul (if you haven't read his non-fiction stuff, please do - I think it would be right up your street) would describe as the usual cabaret.