19 May 2008
The Labour Party's Death Struggle
Nu-Labour is trailing badly in the Crewe and Nantwitch by-election and it seems unlikely that they can make up the lost ground in time for the vote on Thursday. If that happens then we really are seeing the end of the whole, wretched Nu-Labour project. The party will struggle along for another two years, and will then face extinction at the polls.
What is happening is that across the country the tribal link that connected the urban working class to the Labour Party is being broken. The habit of voting Labour because it is the party of the working man has almost gone: and a bloody good thing that is to be sure.
Out of the wreckage, new parties will emerge, as is already happening in South Wales. Eventually they will come together to form a party or coalition that will represent the core values of that urban working class. Values of social conservatism and economic radicalism, instead of the other way round.