By Brian Basham | Wednesday 5 May 2021
Nigel Somerville agonised at the weekend about who to vote for on May 6. In answer to his questions, various of our writers will, over the coming days, suggest who is worthy of your support. Next up is veteran socialist Brian Basham, explaining why we should vote for the People’s Party, Labour.
The question is not so much ‘Why vote Labour?’ but ‘How can any decent person possibly vote for Boris Johnson’s Conservatives?’
The first requirement for a leader is to be trusted by his or her followers and Johnson is the least trustworthy leader this country has had since Neville Chamberlain flew to meet Hitler in Berchtesgaden.
It’s true that the former Labour leader, Tony Blair, betrayed the trust of the nation by pandering to George Bush and backing the invasion of Iraq on the basis of the double deception that was the infamous ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ dossier and the Bush fiction that the suicide attacks on the World Trade Centre were instigated by Iraq.
Having left office in July 2007, Blair then joined the bank JP Morgan as an adviser on a reported salary of $1 million a year for what was described as ‘occasional advice’. The timing was perfect in that his appointment at JP Morgan broadly coincided with the 2008 banking crash that was caused by naked banker greed and crookery. It was proof positive that the Hayekian ‘market forces’ dogma that Blair had embraced so fervently was completely discredited.
As a result Blair is now widely despised. Guided by his doughty Chancellor, Gordon Brown, Blair brought in measures that were recognisably aimed at supporting the people but his natural habitat was always one of sucking up to the wealthy and feather bedding exploiters. As Eric Hobsbawm so graphically described him, he is ‘Thatcher in trousers’.
And it seems that Kier Starmer is much the same Thatcherite mould. Unlike Blair he is, I suspect, a man of comparative integrity but he seems to believe that establishing control of the Party gives him license to approve underhand and immoral tactics. He is currently either actively engaged or is endorsing the purging from the Labour Party of just about anyone who is seen to embrace the principles of fairness in society that is the underpinning for a successful economy and should be at the root of the Labour mission.
Even so, I shall vote Labour in the hope that giants of the Party in the mould of Nye Bevan and Clem Attlee will emerge and that the radical and wholly rational John McDonnell will one day be given his head. But my scepticism about Starmer and disgust at Blair is almost insignificant when compared with the revulsion I feel for Johnson.
Here is a mini Trump, an abuser of women, a denier of paternity and above all a serial liar.
The journalist Peter Oborne is a man of great courage. A natural Tory he has stood on his principles to his personal detriment. His book “The Assault on Truth: Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and the Emergence of a New Moral Barbarism” should be required reading for any voter, Tories especially. Such voters might also care to view this clip compiled by Peter Stefanovic, Lawyer, Journalist, blogger, Filmmaker, campaigner, Labour supporter and Political and Social Commentator widely known for his films debunking political deceit that have been watched over 250 Million times. The clip alone has been watched almost 16 million times https://t.co/PlvEkEij1V
Tory voters who vote for Johnson will become complicit in his deceit and their hands will be smeared by the slime of the moral vacuum that is his character. It’s a stain that no amount of hand-washing will remove, even if they sing the first verse of God Save the Queen whilst they do so then dry their hands on a Tory soiled Union Jack.
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