(ed: does anyone else see (as articulated in the linked-piece) the startling credibility/denial similarities to the current state of the new zealand labour party..?
especially in the belief that they can just continue wrapping themselves in the tattered-flag of neoliberal-incrementalism – and that by doing this they will be re-elected/everything will be ‘sweet’..(!)
(the only people they are fooling is themselves..)
all the indications to date are that aside from sliding into winston peters-styling nativism/blaming immigrants for all that ails us..(!)..(i didn’t see that one coming)
and a few minor tweaks with the status quo..
they will be offering zip i the way of the game-changing policies/legislation our situation screams out for..
(as just one example – listen closely and you will never hear them utter the ‘p’-word – poverty..
no promises to do anything about the low-wage/poverty-inequality-riven country new zealand has become..)
what they are banking on is wooing enough tory voters to come over and support them for awhile..and this getting them over some undefined ‘line’..
.so their main imperative is doing nothing that could possibly scare them/keep them away..
hence nothing of any matter to do anything about that poverty/inequality – no raise in minimum-wage – let alone any promise for a guaranteed living wage for all – and heaven forbid! – not a hint of any ‘radical’ policies like a capital gains tax/financial transaction tax on the banksters/higher taxes for the richest – that would pay for/fund this help needed by so many – the forgotten/ignored ones..
they even shy away from that most obvious tool to raise everyones’ boats – making the first $20,000 of any income tax-free..
this would help the poorest to a significant degree – and would help to ease the ‘burden’ of a higher tax-rate for the richest..
they can’t even fucken argue/articulate the logic/rationales/economic-boost to be derived – of that argument..!..
(even michelle boag argued on a political talkshow awhile back – the economic-rationales for such a move..!..and from labour..?..naught but a stunned/uneasy silence..
and which is something new zealand is an outlier on (f.f.s!) – most oecd countries have a tax-free band at the bottom..(so/but once again – another ‘radical’ policy labour shy away from..)
(as an aside i have argued elsewhere in this forum that the tories may well promise such a move in their upcoming budget – time will tell if i am correct on this one..)
so in summary – labour are offering s.f.a. to ‘the forgotten million’..(in fact their chief-pollster – stephen mills – even (on national radio some time back) dismissed the reality of this ‘forgotten million’ (who see no reason to vote for either of these tweedle-dee/tweedle-dum parties)..and claimed the path to victory for labour was to win back those ‘tory-lite’ voters who supported them once before..(shall we label it as ‘relentless-centrism’..?..that’ll do..!..)
his words could not be a clearer articulation of where labour are at/what their election-policies will be..
just more of the bloody same-old same-old..neoliberal-incrementalism..
like the american democrat party they are ‘idea-free’/hopelessly ideologically-compromised/bereft..
and like the american democrats are now doing – they will no doubt point their fingers elsewhere when/if they are defeated in september..
and even if (going on their current course) they do somehow manage to cobble together some shaky-coalition in september..and gain the government benches..
nothing will change for those doing it the hardest/the ‘forgotten million’..
nothing will be done that so needs to be done..
and they will be thrown out again/discarded after one term..
‘when will they ever learn?’…eh..?..
and should they be wondering what they should be doing – they could start with the policies/promises articulated by the likes of bernie sanders/elizabeth warren in the american election – and the manifesto just released by corbyn/the british labour party..
there is where they will see what they need to do – what they need to become..)
It’s time for the DNC to stop blaming Trump and the GOP for their own credibility issues.
rather than face the extremely low support for the party Democrats are busy avoiding and ignoring their own credibility problems.
Even Hillary Clinton has refused to take any responsibility for losing the election – citing four external reasons for her loss: ‘Russian meddling in the election – FBI Director James Comey’s involvement toward the end of the race – WikiLeaks’ theft of emails from her campaign chairman and misogyny’.What’s amazing about this list is that there is no reference of any kind to the failures of the DNC itself.Clinton – like all party stalwarts – seems completely incapable of articulating any sort of reasonable assessment of the disasters of the last election.(cont..)