Sunday 18 November 2018

In Praise of Brocialism

My latest for OffGuardian.

Labour was already a party so male in its membership, and especially in its activist base, that it had largely had to be forced to select women as candidates (whereas the mostly female activist base of the Conservative Party overwhelmingly selects men of its own accord), and that it had never placed a woman above a man in a Leadership Election.

But now, beyond even that, it is being taken over at the activist level by very young men who have been highly politicised by the effects of deindustrialisation, and by pointless wars that people born since 1990 regard as having been going on forever.

Whereas the grandes dames of anti-Corbynism represent a tradition that was largely defined by deindustrialisation, and which has provided much of the ideological cover for the wars, especially in Afghanistan, but also in, for example, Iraq, which received UN awards for women's education before 2003.

A reckoning is coming, and probably very soon. Meanwhile, so is another hung Parliament, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I will stand for this parliamentary seat of North West Durham, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email Very many thanks.

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