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Labour. Not just angry, also disappointed

July 19, 2016

Oh the Labour party. I am a new member, and I am bitterly disappointed.

I didn’t want there to be a leadership contest, but I finally joined in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote. I joined because I was worried that if there was a contest for the leadership, they might not let people join to vote after it had started.

That went well.

So, there’s going to be an election. And I can’t vote. Can’t afford it.

But there is at least the appearance of one good thing, in that the challenger, Angela Eagle, is a woman and not straight. (White. You can’t always get what you want.)

Except there’s a straight white dude all of a sudden. Owen Smith, whoever the fuck he is. Who has to reassure people that he’s normal, presumably so people don’t get the idea that lefties or women or ‘the gays’ could be anything but a token or a short lived aberration.

And lo and behold, a few days after Mr Boring Right Wing White Guy turns up, a deal is done, and even the token is gone. Despite the fact that she took all the media flak for a solid 3 weeks. I don’t like her, I don’t like the fact she didn’t have anything to say, or any apparent politics, but at the very least she should have been allowed to finish what she started.

Even in 2010 when Diane Abbott ran, she was allowed to stay to the end. It’s telling that, even though she’s a better speaker than him and their politics are very similar, it took Jeremy Corbyn, a straight old white guy, to win from the left. And even then, the decades-old short-lived relationship between Abbott and Corbyn is used to smear both of them; he accused of helping her out and she of using him to climb. As though Diane Fucking Abbott isn’t capable of twice her highest office without any pale male support.

So Labour, I have joined. Because our country’s political system makes it all but impossible for change to the left to happen any other way. But don’t take my membership money as praise. Don’t interpret this as a blessing on your current configuration or attitudes.

Your shit is fucked up.


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