Danyl McLauchlan echoes what many left-wing activists are saying to the folk at Progress.
He is telling them to leave Labour alone and piss off to National where they belong.
I have two basic problems with the idea that Labour should be a centrist Blairite ‘third-way’ party. First: the left’s great intellectual struggle over the past eight years has been about how to reposition ourselves after the catastrophic failure of Blairist third-way centrism. The deregulated free markets that were supposed to fund generous social welfare states worsened inequality, even when functioning, and then they crashed and needed to be bailed out. The centrist argument boils down to ‘Let’s go back to that system that failed!’ It is not intellectually serious.
Was Blairism really a “catastrophic failure” or are people trying to re-write history and lay the blame for Labour’s subsequent failures on Tony Blair and not on Gordon Brown?
Secondly, we already have a Blairite centrist third way party in New Zealand. It’s the National Party. If you take Labour and nudge it slightly along the political spectrum while taking away the identity politics and token environmentalism you have a smaller less popular version of John Key’s National. Read more »