The Shadow Bench’s Stupidity

The Guardian has reported today that twenty shadow ministers are prepared to dislodge Ed Miliband as the leader of the Labour party if Alan Johnson, who successfully managed the job of shadow chancellor for quite a time, were to put his name forward for becoming Labour leader. Such an act is utterly stupid. The electorate don’t rate Labour because it doesn’t offer an entising vision for the future of the UK. This is the fault of not only Ed Miliband, but the shadow ministers themselves whose performance as the Opposition has been lacklustre.

With such a lacklustre attmept to oppose the action’s of the coalition government, why the hell should the British public believe that the replacement of Ed Miliband as leader with anyone would change the perception of Labour in the public’s eye? The British public have no reason to think that a new leader has better ideas and plans for the country than Miliband. A coup will only demonstrate that victory and defeat matter for Labour, not proving to be a choice that voters may find appealing. A choice that suggests Labour can take the initiative in setting the political agenda.

If Labour wish to change the leader of the party, it must do so because it wishes for a differing vision of how to achieve victory at the election than Miliband. No one though is providing such a vision, a sense of charisma, of how the party will be taken forward. How the country will be taken forward? How the economy will be taken forward?

This is the problem Labour face. They have no vision, no coherent set of values to guide the party. The website of Labour doesn’t even contain a values page. Instead, meaningless phrases as branded about which are meant to reflect upon what Labour stands for: nothing. One-nation Labour is meant to represent what? A belief that Labour should be the Wet Tories rather than the Dry Tories? In what way can we become a united nation with such large geographical and socioeconomic divides existing within our country?  Without such basic and foundational institutions, the party has little hope of leading the country into any direction whatsoever.

In the wake of Labour’s crushing defeat in 2010, Ed Miliband was gifted the opportunity to shape Labour into a party that could enact a vision, an ideal, for a new way to do economics. Ed Miliband has failed to provide such an ideal. His shadow cabinet have done just as well at not bring a vision to the table. Eventually what follows is that coherent plan, or any sort of a plan at all ca be drawed out and presented to the electorate.

Labour lack their priorities. Go to www.labour.org.uk/people. The Shadow Chancellor, the shadow minister specialising in the most important issue that will occur in the election, is hidden out of the way. Considering the Home Office are meant to tackle issues like immigration, another big issue, Labour feel the Deputy Leader of the Party and the Foreign Secretrary are deserving of more notice.

Everything points to Labour being a directionless party under Ed Miliband, but who else is there? Alan Johnson, who quickly got replaced by the maligned Ed Balls? The timing is such that even if Alan Johnson did have the vision and ideals, he has little time to implment them into a narrative. Labour make no sense, it would be an act of stupidity to find a new leader at this time.

Gareth Mawer
I consider myself a left libertarian committed to promoting the philosophy of liberty, even though I do not always support proposals that are normally considered libertarian. Georgism and mutualism have had profound influences over my beliefs, though I'm not afraid to digress from them were necessary. My mains interests are politics, economics and philosophy.