17 June 2008
Are the ethnic minorities about to desert Nu-Labour?
Is some of Nu-Labour's ethnic minority core constituency thinking of deserting the sinking ship? One blogger is doing his level best to encourage that with his comment that since "New Labour wants to extend anti-terrorism legislation until every brown person in the country is locked up until proven innocent (or once the police can be bothered to let you out), it makes more sense for brown and black people, who will overwhelmingly face the brunt of this police-state legislation, to vote Conservative".
Chris Paul, who first alerted The Exile to this, thinks that it might be nothing more than a bit of link bait, but the blog concerned, Pickled Politics, is a fairly heavyweight Google Page Ranked Six, so doesn't need to go in for tricks like that to built up its position.
A more likely explanation is that middle class types who happen to be brown-skinned can see the writing on the wall for Nu-Labour and want to get out before the deluge hits. If they do realign themselves behind the Tories then that will create a tension within Tory ranks between the social liberals and the old Monday Club hangers, floggers and send 'em backers, but that is a problem for Conservative Central Office, and nobody else.
What it means is that when we start to build our new party out of the wreckage to come, we don't have to even pretend to be interested in the desires and aspirations of any lump of middle class shit, be it black, white, brown or green.
The party will - must - articulate the ideology of the drink beer, shag women, hate the boss working man and his wife and kids. We'll return to this theme another day, but for now let's just sit back and enjoy the thought of the train wreck to come as Nu-Labour heads towards disaster.