THE stark truth about the Labour Party is that it is in the grip of Marxists – from Jeremy Corbyn downwards. Something everyone should keep in mind when voting today.
Long gone is the patriotic, socially constructive party of past years. The Momentum-backed takeover of Labour in 2015 gave control to a leadership with connections to a network of Left-wing extremists, communists, Stalinists, Trotskyites and anarchists at home and abroad. Many of these are declared enemies of Britain and of democracy. And, of course, the party is starkly stained by anti-Semitism.
As Marxists, Jeremy Corbyn and his cohorts are unashamed adherents of a destructive, failed political philosophy that has brought misery to untold millions throughout history. And if they are in power tomorrow, they plan to inflict it on Britain.
The full threat of a Labour victory has been detailed on these pages by Angus Milne, Paul T Horgan and Philip Vander Elst. It is a sad day however to find that we are having to give this warning and to be doing Mr Johnson’s campaigning for him.
We wonder that the need to explain this threat over the weeks of the election has not occurred to them. We wonder why it’s been left to others to call the BBC to account, for example over its startling deference to Labour’s unashamedly Marxist leaders. Or to point out that John McDonnell is far from the convincing and avuncular figure he appears under Andrew Marr’s benign gaze. Where was the Tory campaign of attack? Was there never to be any exposure by the Tories of Momentum’s troubling practices? And what about the stance of the Financial Times which, as the leading financial markets’ newspaper, astonishingly appears to be willing a Corbyn victory along with its regressive nationalisation programme? Was that all off-limits to Boris? If so, why?
There’s hardly been an absence of ‘anti-democracy’ targets for the Tories to take a shot at: like the former ‘Tory’ independents who will split his vote where it actually matters for starters; or the ranks of Remainers, poisoned by irrationality into ‘an unthinking tribe’, as Robert Tombs brilliantly explains it in the Telegraph today. What about Michael Heseltine, who last night in effect confirmed to Andrew Neil that he would prefer a Corbyn extreme-socialist government to Brexit? Despite Brexit bringing all this latent anti-democracy to the fore, none of it has apparently been worth the Tories commenting on, let alone decrying.
What is it that they are always afraid of? Ever since William Hague’s catastrophic defeat at the hands of Tony Blair it’s been the same old story with the terrified Tories. If any had read Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom, they’ve since forgotten its message. Instead they’ve persisted in their futile pursuit of the constantly leftwards shifting ‘centre ground’, incorporating the left’s destructive social theories along the way. Now they’ve reached ground zero. This is no phony Tony Blair wrong-footing them with his specious third way that they have to contend with. There’s no pretence about McDonnell’s Marxism. Yet despite it, though the veritable reds are under their beds, the Tories are still running scared in their default gear of Left appeasement.
It is beyond extraordinary – and irony – that at such a political juncture it’s simply left to ‘anyone who is bothered’ to defend liberty, the free market and traditional social institutions (such as still exist) from their final crushing at the hands of the most extreme manifestation of socialism in British history; that it’s left to anyone but the Conservative Party and its leader to drive this message home.