Continuing on yesterday’s theme; the ‘Guardian’ also reported that Salma Yaqoob, the Respect party leader, said “Galloway had won because the three main parties were not connecting with voters.” Well that is a rather simple piece of political analysis from Salma. Indeed, possibly a bit too succinct to be determined astute and, really, not that helpful. Therefore, maybe we should look to Wasab Khan, who was one of the young volunteers that drove Respect’s by-election victory in Bradford West and who really hit the proverbial nail on the head, when he said:
“I’ve been into politics for a little while. I like the way George says what’s what, whether people like it or not. He supports the Palestinians and wants the troops back from Afghanistan. I don’t agree with Labour—they’re puppets who are told what to say and do. Truth is important.”
“What was that? ” “Oh, that is a bit simple too.” Well, it really was that simple and while Ed Miliband might deem it necessary to go back to Bradford West. in the coming weeks “to talk to people there about why this result happened,” we can quite rightly conclude that, even with a better game plan, Labour was never going to win Bradford West. Now, my post on George yesterday might have been a little harsh, but, as stated in that post, …. well, at times, his personality can be a bit of a put off and, indeed, sometimes, even his politics are not wholly mine, but you really have to hand it to a guy who says: “Blair remained revered inside the modern Labour party, “swanning around making millions, instead of facing trial in the Hague for war crimes,” and then goes on to take one of the Labour’s safer seats.
Of course, although some people on the left of the party, like the veteran Jeremy Corbyn, who, congratulated Galloway for his “astonishing” win, while saying. “big message here on opposition to wars and austerity,” might give us hope that the party generally could recognise this, there is, in fact, more than enough evidence to suggest that our champagne socialists public schoolboys have become “Salonfähig” among the disaster capitalist and are firmly in the pockets of big business. They might squirm and squeak a little, but they will not change and today we can already read about Labour facing the loss of Glasgow City Council to the Scottish Nationalists.
Now, while the reader might be quick to point out that it could have more to do with a question of identity up there, the reply would have to be that it is always about a question of identity and identifying. The people of Bradford West, many of them Muslims, could no longer identify with a “socialist” party that has ordered working class British boys into illegal wars all over the Muslim world, a “socialist” party that is unashamed to be pro-Israel, and a “socialist” party that let the City of London rob the working class people of the United Kingdom. In Scotland also, despite the fact that you do have a few die-hard Nationalists, it is a similar scenario and up there, people turning their back on Labour, means not one, or two, or three,fewer members of parliament, but the end of the union. That, of course, another story. However, the lesson from Bradford West might also be that, with Cameron, Clegg and Milliband, the Scottish Nationalists are already in the home strait.