The Ranting Kraut

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Hazel Blairs and the BNP

Posted by rantingkraut on November 22, 2008

Hazel Blairs almost seems to appreciate the threat the BNP could pose for the Labour Party. The BBC quotes her today as saying that all parties must work hard to win back disaffected voters:

She says other parties had to work to win back voters on “ignored” estates.” (source)
She is probably right when she fears that the BNP could become more of a problem for the Labour Party, although I think she got it wrong when she thinks the issue is just a handful of ‘forgotten estates’. The core problem is that Labour’s brand of identity politics is increasingly re-distributive along demographic lines. If you advocate quotas for anyone but white men, don’t be surprised if the latter turn away from you.

The problem is not so much Nick Griffin’s cunning re-positioning of the party as the fact that Labour took the white working class for granted and has been turning away from it. This reorientation has opened a gap for a party that will openly support them. It is in the nature of identity politics that each interest group will want its own lobby, so Griffin is merely stepping into the niche market Labour has vacated. The answer, of course, is not to add a number of pet projects on a selection of sink estates but to give up identity politics.

3 Responses to “Hazel Blairs and the BNP”

  1. UK Voter said

    I think Hazel Blear hit the nail on the head when she stated that politicians simply do not sound or act like the rest of us. There are few things more likely to switch the electorate off than having to listen to government ministers preach on matter they seem to know little or nothing about. This is made worse by ministers refusing to answer the questions we all want answered.

  2. “I think Hazel Blear hit the nail on the head when she stated that politicians simply do not sound or act like the rest of us. ”
    True, although I think there is more to it than that. The problem with this kind of analysis coming from New Labour is that there also seems to be a conviction that the disconnect between government and public is mainly a communication problem while their policy agenda is fundamentally sound. I suspect the opposite: that the electorate became alienated from the government to the extent that it became clear what policies were really about.

  3. Tony said

    The years of Tony Blair and his style of government should have been a warning to the white working classes of this country, New Labour have totally ignored the very people who were the backbone of Labour politics, the people of this country in order to get their voices heard will have no choice but to vote for the more extremist type of political party, the ordinary man or woman has no clear choice who to vote for, all the main political parties are basically the same, the white working classes have been sold down the river, eventually the saucepan will boil over.

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