At last the neoliberal era is over!

OMG!!! Imagine if the PLP had actually supported Corbyn!? Imagine if we actually had an ‘impartial’ BBC!? imagine if Brexit hadn’t split the Labour vote in the North?

One thing is clear. The neoliberal era is over. I wasn’t ever sure I would live to see it. I left University in June ’79 a month after Thatcher won for the first time. I’m now 60. Its taken a long, long time for the awful lived reality of neoliberalism to counteract the overwhelming and dominating pro-capital media propoganda. But at least for today the neoliberal Emperor’s lack of clothing has become visible to at least half the country.

What happens next isn’t written and the fight must go on. If, and it is a big if, Corbyn has the physical strength to carry on until the next election, and it clearly won’t be 5 years away, then he would stand a very good chance of winning.BUT make no mistake the forces of reaction will move up a gear now and the level of vitriol against Corbyn and the Left will become even more viscous. The wealth and status of the ruling elite are now genuinely threatened for the first time since since 1979 and they will fight, fight, fight.

On a less millenarian note the ‘New’ Labour era is also finished. For the first time since ’83 we have a Labour Party putting forward a genuine alternative to Toryism. The ‘unelectable’ argument regarding certain political views is no longer credible, at least in the immediate short term, so hopefully those of us in the Labour Party can now move on to actually discussing the issues on their own merit without constantly having discussion closed down by the ‘unelectable’ trope.

And finally this election yet again illustrates the almost complete moral and indeed functional failure of our media and the commentariat. Journalists and commentators have entirely lost touch with what is going on in the country and the actual political, social and economic forces that are now acting in the country.
Anyway, what a great morning. Everything to fight for and hope rekindled.


About I Am Not A Number

I Am Not A Number is written by Chris Jury. For 30 years Chris Jury was a TV actor, director and writer best known for playing Eric Catchpole in over 60 episodes of the BBC’s antique classic, Lovejoy, and for directing over 50 episodes of Eastenders. In 2008 he was appointed as the Senior Lecturer in Recorded Media in the School Of Music & Performing Arts at Bath Spa University. He currently presents, Agitpop, a pop & politics radio discussion programme on North Cotswold Community Radio He is currently the Communications Officer for UCU at Bath Spa University and a UCU SW Regional Rep at SWTUC.
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3 Responses to At last the neoliberal era is over!

  1. 77notout says:

    We must also see an end to the catastrophic policies justified on the grounds of ‘austerity’. I’ve seen from the inside the disastrous impact of cuts on the Courts service and the criminal justice system in general over the past 7 years and this has got to stop.

  2. Bill Malcolm says:

    The neoliberal era may be over in the Labour Party, but it’s alive and well everywhere else. The EU is rife with it a la Macron and Merkel, Germany having pulled off the biggest coup of all on Greece through the European Central Bank, while Macron is intent on lowering French wages and lengthening the work week while cutting social payments. Hey! Gotta make French pay competitive with Vietnam! Or the Germans will get us too!

    And then there’s the US, Neoliberal Central. Here in Canada, we have a PM who ponces around having selfies taken with shrieking schoolgirls who like his hair, while opening up an Infrastructure Bank, where capitalists who join in on schemes that don’t work out are backstopped by the public purse in case of losses. Here we have Public and Private Investment and socialized losses. Heads you win, tails I lose. Neoliberalism at its very best cloaked as a wonderful idea for repaired bridges with tolls to average drones on the street who cannot be bothered to educate themselves in even the political basics, as long as there’s money left over for beer. Apathy, low voting turnouts, spoiled ballots, we’ve let the self-privileged bastards and their message wash over all of us. We even have Canadian troops stationed on the Latvian border in case hordes of sabre-wielding Cossacks break out of Russia and storm Europe. NATO is the home of people who think the Reds are still under the bed 65 years on.

    I swear as Western societies we’ve been hypnotized and now believe in illogic. The rich own the media and us, and their remit is not to make us rich, but to make themselves richer. Thus they promote patriotism and nationalism so that young boys can be inducted as soldiers to go and wipe out brown people overseas and feel good about it, just to maintain capitalism and the super rich.

    I see that now a lot of journalists are suddenly admitting how wrong they were about Corbyn. Pity they didn’t have a decent think for the years and years leading up to the election. So I forgive them nothing whatsoever as they try to realign themselves like rats on a sinking ship. Only Jonathan Cook had ever withstood the barrage and he was belittled and excoriated by his fellow bought -and-paid for fellow “scribblers”. As for the BBC, it knows no shame. Same old Eton/Harrow Oxbridge Old Boys running that institution for the benefit of their friends.

    Still some way to go for Labour, now that May has struck a deal with the Devil UP to keep the establishment privileged that way, as she tries to face down Eurocrats who don’t give a flying fuck what she or her government believes about the UK being special. That specialness is how Britain’s well-off have managed to convince themselves but nobody else how special they are, and deserving of special treatment and deference by the EU. Fat chance of that. The capitalists of Europe will feed on the carcass of the UK with the same fierceness they exhibit to all other weak nations. And the UK capitalists will scurry off with their banks to Paris and Berlin, because they couldn’t care less about their used-up countrymen of the working and middle classes. They never did anyway.

    • Yes. When I say ‘the neoliberal era is over’, I really mean the era of neoliberal rhetorical hegemony is over. i.e. The terms on which we can debate political issues have changed rather than the issues themselves.

      The TINA narrative (there is no alternative) is no longer sustainable in the UK. It is no longer credible to argue that the people have to pay for the mistakes of the rich. It is no longer credible that inequality is inevitable and inevitably of benefit to everyone. The terms of the debate have radically changed.

      This is important because it means ‘alternatives’ to austerity and this destructive, turbo-charged, financialised, neoliberal capitalism can now be discussed publicly in a way they have not been for 30 years.

      I am NOT claiming that capitalism or even neoliberal capitalism has been defeated, that is still all to play for.

      But a prerequisite for that fight is the ability to get ideas disseminated and discussed. That is now possible in the UK in a way we have not seen since the 1970’s.

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