So democratic socialism is defeated for at least another generation. Brexit will be ignored and the right will paint this as a failure of the Left. Just as the presence of the SDP has been forgotten in the history of the 8O’s.
The figures are clear. It is Brexit and specifically the role of the Brexit Party that has delivered the Tory landslide and that shifting Labour to an
increasingly Remain position since 2017 has been disastrous. Something many of us have been warning of since the Referendum result.
But none of this will matter to the centrist Remainers who hated Corbyn. The story will be that it is ‘the Left’ who were the problem and that ‘never again’ can a left slate be put forward by a Labour Party.
And maybe they are correct. Maybe the billionaires media will never allow a party advocating what was once regarded as moderate social democratic policies to ever again be elected in the U.K. Maybe it is true that sufficient numbers of the English have become xenophobes and ultra-competitive ‘dog eat dog’, look after your own and screw everyone else, capitalists, and that only a pro-US, pro-capitalist, anti-European, nationalist government can ever be elected in England. Maybe that is so. In which case the career politicians of the LP will do whatever it takes to get elected and good luck to them, I hope they will be able to at least mitigate some of the terrible human suffering that will inevitably result from this new nationalist, neoliberalToryism.
For myself I am proud of the political, social and moral values of compassion, equality and freedom that I stand for. My own values are all I can live by. They have been forged through the lived reality of mental illness, addiction and failure and informed by a lifetime of research, reading and thought. I know where I stand and why.
Thus regardless of this devastating election result I am proud to stand against the brutal sociopathic power of corporate capitalism. I am proud to stand in opposition to the managerialist totalitarianism of the contemporary work place. I am proud to stand against the bureaucratic abuse of state power. I am proud to stand beside the oppressed and brutalised of the world whether that be in the UK, USA, Myanmar or Palestine. I am proud to stand in unity with the all the queers, queens, lesbos, blacks, Asians, Jews, Poles, eccentrics, odd balls, addicts and nutters of England and in opposition to the unthinking, intransigent, domination of a neurotypical ‘normality’ which actually only exists in TV adverts and yet which we must all abide by or be excluded, shamed and ridiculed.
I am proud to have stood by Corbyn in pursuit of those values and to have stood against the cynical moral corruption at the heart of the Labour Party machine.
I will proudly fight with my comrades in defiant opposition to the oncoming destruction of what is left of the Welfare State and the purposeful transformation of the NHS into a profit-making machine for already rich people.
Perhaps this struggle is hopeless, perhaps I am in an increasingly alienated minority, perhaps the political, social and moral values I believe in will never again receive popular support in England. Perhaps so but they are my values and I am proud to stand by them even in the face of such an overwhelming defeat. In solidarity.