As the title says.
This will be my last post at Lansbury's Lido. I've finally decided to retire this blog to the heavenly archive or maybe I'll consign it to the fiery furnace leaving nowt but a shadow on the wayback machine.
It's been a good ride over the years, sharing my lefty thoughts on politics and current events, sharing posts and discussions, meeting some great comrades, and also some not so great, hoping for a great socialist future where peace and harmony reigns supreme!
Alas the wheels came off the bus as they say. Was it my expectations or viewing the possible futures through rose-tinted spectacles of memories past?
My Left was a Left of Keir Hardie, of George Lansbury, of Attlee and Bevan and the NHS, Of Eric Heffer and Tom Mann. A left of strong union leaders working with comrades to realise Clause 4! A Left where those whose labour and brain created the wealth got to share in and control the wealth. A Left open to all, from the hoary handed worker in the field to the academic in the ivory tower.
It gone. All gone.
The elites in the main political left parties have suited and booted and embraced the creed of the Tories whilst deceitfully leaving the Red Flag flying. Those to the left outside of Parliament have dissolved into internecine disputes of funds and rape. The young have become intolerant caricatures, rallying to the latest sexy trend on Twitter and Facebook and forgetting those, the majority who they should be supporting and fighting for.
Those parties now seen as the hope for the Left are nothing but semi-fascist and engrossed in issues of singular importance to the minority.
¡No pasarán! was the cry to the capitalist behemoth. They shall not pass!
But whilst the Left scoured social media for another 'phobia' they could decry and hang their vendetta masks on the Tories and the economic elite built a bypass. The Left gesticulated from the crumbling B road as private capital roared past on the smooth undulating toll roads.
Modernity has been consumed by a fascist, intolerant liberalism and then vomited up as a postmodern pavement pizza. Facts have been swept under the carpet and tagged as bigotry. This is the Left now. Idiotic, childish and screwed up.
A man puts on lipstick, a dress and high heels and demands to be allowed into the women's changing room at Next. When he's not allowed he screams something ending in '-phobic' and the Left condemns the 'bigots' for not being accepting him as a woman.
Another person decides it's fabulous to suggest that #killallwhitemen is a grand thing to post on a Tweet for a business account and gets the hump when they're called out for it.
A good point to post my favourite graphic methinks.
Homoexuals in Iran swing from cranes at the behest of Shia clerics for the delight of the crowd. In Mosul homosexuals are thrown from buildings by Islamists of Daesh and stoned by the crowd if they have the temerity to survive the drop. In Britain Christians are dragged through the legal system for the heinous crime of wearing a cross or not wanting to bake a cake. And for the left we know which of these events generates the shrillest condemnation and thirst for vengeance.
After venting my spleen in this post I realise that my 'Left' hasn't changed. It's died a whimpering death and the title has been stolen by the fascist liberals. Dreams of economic control by the workers are no more.
It was good whilst it lasted.