The thing that worries me most with Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader, is NOT the possibility that he might win the next general election for Labour, and become the next Prime Minister, but rather the possibility that he MIGHT LOSE the next general election! I do not agree with his ideas, but Jeremy Corbyn seems to have a good heart and upholds his principles to an idealistic fault. But this very idealism and integrity makes him hold to some rather far left ideas. At the next general election, these borderline extremist ideas might very well scare the electorate into voting against Corbyn, and give the Tory party yet another 5 years in office!
In a previous post, I have described how the British electorate are more motivated by fear rather than by hope. Instead of believing in Britain, they were scared by allegations of racism. Instead of trusting in a Labour government’s ability to learn from past lessons and spend money responsibly, they were scared into voting for a party who is ideologically driven by privatisation. And what I fear is that at the next general election, Labour under Corbyn will be branded as far left communists, and the swing electorate will be scared yet again into voting for what they think is safe. You can be sure the Tory party will capitalise on this – that’s how they won the last two elections, they think they’re on to a good tactic. Tory MPs are already patting themselves on the back, even openly thanking the Labour party for giving the Tory party another easy ride into political victory. The last thing I want is for the Tory party to get an easy win.
The Tory party needs a reform, to change, to truly hold to conservative principles, both socially and fiscally, rather than giving ground on those social issues whilst pursuing the insane agenda of privatisation. And without a challenging political opponent, there will be no drive for the Tories to reform or change. The sad thing is, it appears the reform has occurred in the Labour party instead. As the Tory/’Conservative’ party moved left in social issues, the only ground remaining for the ‘left’ Labour party was fiscal issues. Given that the Labour party were in government right before the economic crash, they lost even that ground. It seems that in reaction, the Labour party has organically reformed itself to be even further left than they ever were. But this is unfeasible – ideologies do not make practical policies.
Traditionally, the oppositional form of government in Westminster consisted of two major parties – one held by conservatives and the other held by progressives. In principle, these two influential powers are in constant dynamic tension, with the result of opposition striking a balance in political outcome. We don’t want to maintain the status quo, for there is always room for improvement, but at the same time, we do not want to make changes too fast either, for that could lead to unpredictably dangerous side effects, like we see every time a nation undergoes a revolution. The opposition in political debate is there to balance this out, allowing the merits and demerits of both progressive and conservative ideas to be considered so that a fair decision can be made by representatives.
However, things changed in the last two decades. At the turn of the century, Labour swept to victory under Tony Blair by moving to the right economically. And in return, under David Cameron, the Tories got into power and stayed in power by moving to the left socially. The result? Both Labour and Tory parties occupied the exact same political space – socially progressive and economically conservative. This is the worst possible combination, for it maintains the economic status quo, whilst destroying the traditions that held society together.
But now, with the Corbyn-driven reformation, Labour appears to be swinging back fully to the left. This leaves the Tories to dominate the ‘centre-ground’, thus almost guaranteeing their next win. However, what is most worrying is that parliament is now unbalanced. Without true conservatives balancing the debate, we will rush headlong into social reformation at a pace never seen before. For the sake of Britain, the Tories need to go back to where they were, especially now that Labour has swung back left. But as long as the Tory party are in it for power and influence, they will not swing back to the right, and they will carry on staying in power. They will carry on conceding the social reformations demanded by the left, whilst maintaining the policies which are driven by their true motivations: Money. People who only care about money and power don’t care about society. They will let societal reformations drive itself into the ground unchecked as long as they get rich and powerful in the process, happily playing at their game of politics.
For now, the only political opposition to unfettered societal reform remaining in the country is the House of Lords. And even that institution is under attack, with many public calls to reform it unrecognisably, or even eliminate it entirely. And you know what, even David Cameron, the supposed leader of the ‘Conservatives’, are in support of this reformation. So you still think the Tories are right-wing? That they want to conserve the status quo? Don’t make me laugh.