Monday, May 4, 2009

'Social Fascism'?

‘Social Fascism’?
It was fascinating, if at the same time nauseating, to listen to such as Jack Straw and John Prescott pronouncing in radio interviews that Labour Party members and ministers should ‘stop complaining and start campaigning’. If only there was something worth campaigning for. These two in particular might have made a start when they were in a position to do so by implementing the pre-1997 promise which Jack Straw broke, to abolish private prisons. In Prescott’s case returning the railways to public ownership when he had the opportunity would have been immensely popular and far cheaper, as it has turned out, than conducting criminal wars or stuffing with money the mouths of bankers responsible for the current financial meltdown.

Instead as the government and the party leadership unravels all we have is the announced determination to continue with a worse-than-Thatcherite agenda, in particular the intention of James Purnell, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (who even looks like Alan B’Stard) to load intensified grief upon the victims of the government’s policies. The expenses claims scandals, the antics of Damien McBride and Derek Draper, hypocritically denounced by the leaders who hired and promoted them in full knowledge of their habits, are no aberration but indicative of the systemic rot and corruption at the heart of a so-called ‘Labour’ government. They are a bunch of scoundrels and conscienceless liars, total strangers to truth and integrity. As Lenin was fond of saying, the fish rots from the head down, or as Trotsky described the Tsarist court, a ‘leprous camarilla’ (though that is most unfair to lepers). In comparison they make Ramsay MacDonald look like a leader of exemplary principle.

Nor are these things, the foul economic policies and the festering corruption, by any means the worst of it. There is now a widespread recognition that Britain has been turned into a police state, characterised by arbitrary arrest, imprisonment without trial, official intimidation of political protest, creation of a general climate of fear and insecurity over mythical terrorist plots and the quiet establishment of CRS-style police units of professional sadists.

In the late twenties and early thirties the then Communist Party was – quite properly ¬– denounced for terming the Labour Party and government ‘social fascists’. Today the designation would be a lot more pertinent. The ultimate beneficiaries are likely to be the real fascists.