March 25, 2014
THE LEFT GAVE UP TWENTY YEARS AGO:
A RADICAL REDEFINITION OF WHAT RADICALISM MEANS (BRENDAN O'NEILL, 25 MARCH 2014, Spiked)
Posted by Orrin Judd at March 25, 2014 1:24 PMProving that the r-word has been battered beyond recognition, various Labour-leaning thinkers and activists made media waves when they said Labour needed to 'shape up and be bolder and more radical'. 'Left thinkers warn Ed Miliband against safety-first election manifesto', headlines said. They seem not to realise that asking Miliband to ditch safeness in favour of daring is a bit like asking a panda bear to become carnivorous - it goes against their entire nature and, let's face it, ain't ever going to happen. So it's just as well that these Labour thinkers are really only asking Miliband to adopt a different kind of safety-first approach to politics, one that better speaks to their political prejudices, though they've dressed up their demand - hilariously - as a strike for 'radicalism'.So in their letter - published in the Guardian, but widely discussed in the Westminster bubble - they suggest that a bolder, more edgy Labour administration would seek to address modern British people's 'social, environmental, physical and mental-health problems'. That is, it would be eco-friendly and super-therapeutic, which, far from being radical, is the fallback outlook of every political hack and operator in Christendom right now.