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Why I quit Labour, in black and white


WATCHING the unfolding events during the EU election campaign up and down the UK, we could be excused for thinking that we are living in some kind of doublethink time warp.

In times past, our politicians could argue and debate with each other. There were impressive characters whose exchanges led to great changes within society. We could look back to the debates between Foot and Thatcher where there was always a mutual respect for differing opinions. They could talk, confront, and challenge opinion based on facts. They could unite on national matters such as the Falklands conflict.

Yet now we live in troubling times. In George Orwell’s masterpiece 1984, Winston Smith reads from the Party Manifesto, ‘the keyword here is blackwhite. Like so many Newspeak words, this word has two mutually contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts.’

When we see the pathetic methods of drowning out democracy ‘in the name of democracy’ such as milkshake-throwing, discussed by Karen Harradine yesterday on TCW, and the labelling as fascist/Nazi/racist of anybody with a differing opinion, we know a time is close when the idiots will have the upper hand.

Our children are constantly taught Left-wing ideology. Teachers are suppressing thought and the ability to question in schools, colleges and universities – the very places where our youth should be afforded the privilege to think and challenge. Ironically, there is a great truth in Proverbs 22:6, ‘Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it.’

Winston continues to read: ‘Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. But it means also the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary. This demands a continuous alteration of the past, made possible by the system of thought which really embraces all the rest, and which is known in Newspeak as doublethink.’

MPs such as David Lammy and Diane Abbott only stoke the fire of ill-feeling instead of extinguishing it. Our mainstream media has watched the Milkshake Throwers and applauded them. They say it’s all in good fun and not toxic in any way, yet how long before it will be acid thrown into a face of a thinking dissenter? These people believe nothing except that black is white. It appears that the days of well-rounded and educated reasoning, built upon sound philosophical thinking, are disappearing before our very eyes.

This modern scourge of closing down critical debate within differing political thoughts is coming from a radicalised, extreme Left-wing ideology that has been latent for many years, but allowed to flourish and thrive under Corbyn et al. A Momentum-backed, Labour-led army is mobilising and many Labour voters of old have no idea what is really happening.

As a previous member of Labour, I spent many hours campaigning on local and national issues. Each Friday, at the Labour stall, at least two young people joined the party and Momentum. That was 104 subscriptions per year, per organisation. If that happened in each constituency it would amount to 67,600 in both organisations. This explains the meteoric rise in grassroots membership. It happened by stealth, and it happened quickly. That was in 2016-17 and the numbers were growing steadily. When I questioned where this was all leading, I endured vitriol and hatred in the streets and on social media. I had the strength not to waver and continued to believe, in all good sense, that two and two still equals four.

This socialist Labour has turned ugly and fascist. Some voters are somnambulant, while others are scared they may suffer verbal or physical attacks. This thuggish behaviour from today’s anti-fascists is reminiscent of Nazi Germany and one wonders how long it will be before we have to wear armbands.

However, today, like tomorrow, I refuse to accept blackwhite or doublethink.

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Daryl Baldwin
Daryl Baldwin
Daryl Baldwin is a factory shift leader. He has a BA in English literature and is studying towards an MA in creative writing.

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