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par Gilad ATZMON
The contemporary British political system is easy to define. The Tories are committed to big money. They believe that whatever is good for big money is good for Britain. The Labour alternative presents middle class politicians who claim to know what is good for the working class while failing to recognise that actual productive work is a thing of the past and the workers haven’t made up a class for quite a while.
Britain is now a one party state – the “United Conservative Kingdom”. It is hard to judge whether this one party rule is the result of a diabolical Conservative plot or whether Labour has simply succeeded in sabotaging itself.
The Brexit referendum was probably the most significant British political event since the end of World War II. But the debate about leaving the European Union was hijacked by the Tory Party. The issue merited an open, cross-party political exchange. However, Brexit turned out to be an internal Tory matter. The Labour Party had nothing to offer. Its leadership was concerned primarily with clearing itself of absurd allegations of anti-Semitism (1). The rest of the country was left to witness an entertaining Tory exchange between Prime Minister David Cameron (2) and his potential challenger, Boris Johnson (3). Although Cameron was defeated and quickly resigned, the Conservative Party again won on every front. It is now the only major party around. The Tories effected a quick transition of power from Cameron to Theresa May (4), and proved to Britons and the rest of the world that British politics is delightfully boring.
Labour’s reaction to Brexit was an act of collective suicide, as is symptomatic of left politics. Showing no trace of self-respect, the shadow ministers arranged a purge of their own shadow government. Perhaps it was a desperate attempt to claim some media relevance. The ugliness of Labour politics was indeed amusing to watch, but it didn’t make the Labour Party any more popular. On the contrary, Labour proved yet again how irrelevant and detached it has become.
The Conservatives seized their opportunity. If Brexit was staged as an internal Tory debate, the post-Brexit era, under the rule of Theresa May, presents itself as a kingdom united. May, herself a remain supporter, appointed a cabinet full of Euro-sceptics. She is basically telling her foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, and her Brexit minister, David Davis : “If you really want us to leave the EU, you had better secure a very good deal”.
Meanwhile, the Labour Party is definitely not on the path to recovery. The Guardian reports (5) that Jewish Labour donor Michael Foster* intends to mount “a legal challenge against the party’s National Executive Committee decision to automatically nominate Jeremy Corbyn in the forthcoming leadership contest”. I suppose that with Foster, Lord Levy (6) and others Zionist Mammonites dominating Labour’s decision-making, culture and finance, we won’t see a true opposition party anytime soon.
*Michael Foster, a former showbiz agent who has given more than GBP400000 to Labour since 2010, came to prominence during the last Labour Party conference, after he confronted Corbyn at a Labour Friends of Israel reception, angered that the Labour leader had not mentioned the word “Israel” in his address to the meeting.