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In Defence of the ‘Woke Left’.

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As Tony Blair warns that Labour could die under Starmer and the “woke  left”, is he planning a return?

Blair Wages War on Woke.

Tony Blair unleashes stinging attack on ‘woke left’ and says Labour could cease to exist.


Tony Blair
 unleashed a stinging attack on the “woke left” on Wednesday warning that Labour could cease to exist and that Sir Keir Starmer is “struggling to break through with the public”.

In a devastating verdict on the state of his party in the wake of its dismal May election results, the former Prime Minister said Labour needs a “total deconstruction and reconstruction. Nothing less will do”.

Writing in the Left-leaning New Statesman, Mr Blair added: “Keir seems sensible but not radical. He lacks a compelling economic message. And the cultural message, because he is not clarifying it, is being defined by the ‘woke’ left, whose every statement gets cut-through courtesy of the right.”

Blair joins the Spiked, who promote the identity politics of the national populist right. Or as the red-brown front put it, “the swapping of class politics for identity politics, the Britain-bashing..” wokists.

To this the Tendance says, who the bleedin’ hell are you to tell us about our problems and how to fight them.

“White Man In Hammersmith Palais”

Midnight to six man
For the first time from Jamaica
Dillinger and Leroy Smart
Delroy Wilson, your cool operator

Ken Boothe for UK pop reggae
With backing bands sound systems
And if they’ve got anything to say
There’s many black ears here to listen

But it was Four Tops all night with encores from stage right
Charging from the bass knives to the treble
But onstage they ain’t got no roots rock rebel
Onstage they ain’t got no…roots rock rebel

Dress back jump back this is a bluebeat attack

Cos it won’t get you anywhere
Fooling with your guns
The British Army is waiting out there
An’ it weighs fifteen hundred tons

White youth, black youth
Better find another solution
Why not phone up Robin Hood
And ask him for some wealth distribution

Punk rockers in the UK
They won’t notice anyway
They’re all too busy fighting
For a good place under the lighting

The new groups are not concerned
With what there is to be learned
They got Burton suits, ha you think it’s funny
Turning rebellion into money

All over people changing their votes
Along with their overcoats
If Adolf Hitler flew in today
They’d send a limousine anyway

I’m the all night drug-prowling wolf
Who looks so sick in the sun
I’m the white man in the Palais
Just lookin’ for fun

I’m only
Looking for fun

Written by Andrew Coates

May 12, 2021 at 10:01 am

20 Responses

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  1. I don’t know what the solution is regarding identity politics, the Working Class are either too despondent to vote or don’t even realize they are Working Class, or harbour Rightwing views against foreigners because theyve been duped by the likes of Farage, but I don’t think moving further to the Right and emulating the Tories is the way forward. I’m doubly pissed-off that Starmer has appointed Rachel Reeves as Shadow Chancellor. Labour needs to get back to its Socialist roots and work harder to educate the public, to create a Politicized proletariat. The same old struggle Brecht was up against. But then again I was a Corbyn/McDonnell supporter. I can’t see myself voting for Labour under Starmer unless there’s some drastic changes.

    trev

    May 12, 2021 at 11:13 am

    • There is no obvious answer. The Clash video, which marked us lot, see the anti-NF images, ignored lots of things. Who would have foreseen that we would have not only British patriot racists but Islamist racists, one faction of which committed genocide in the Middle East in this century? The apologists for the genociders are still around on the British left.

      Andrew Coates

      May 12, 2021 at 11:54 am

  2. Wokery is not really a left-right thing. It’s more of a style than a coherent set of ideas, most of its preoccupations are imported almost unaltered from US campus politics, and it probably dominates the Lib-Dems, the SNP and certainly the Greens to an even greater extent than Labour. A lot of it can be summed up in the phrase ‘equalities without economics’, in that it obsesses about every form of inequality and oppression apart from the one which stems from divergences in wealth and income – class inequality. It’s ironic that Blair, whose leadership of Labour was marked by an attempt to ape the US Democratic Party in all things, should now be coming out against wokery – that most American form of ersatz leftism. It’s no less ironic that people who self-identify as socialists – and even Marxists! – should be embracing it.

    Francis

    May 12, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    • The Clash – I’m so Bored with the U.S.A.

      As somebody so woke I watch French TV, Arte and France 24, BFM TV, I find the American language hard to get. They should have subtitles.

      Andrew Coates

      May 12, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    • The Left need to extend their defense of so called Woke politics. They have been embraced fully by the Democrats to massive success. They are the glue that hold together that incredible alliance. A right wing commentator Victor Davis Hanson described the modern Democrats as an alliance of the very rich and the very poor. Obviously there is a lot to criticize in that statement but there is a kernel of truth in it. The modern Progressive coalition doesn’t really have much economically to unite it but Woke ideology is one. It is marvelous to see the Corporations, the FBI and CIA embrace Progressive politics. This is a game changer for the Left and we can use it to isolate the Right who will be the new dissidents in the 21st Century. I am a big supporter of the WEF’s Green Great Reset. This is something all the Western Left can unite around. Britain (a horrible reactionary nation) has a lot of catching up to do but I am sure, eventually it will. Liberals, Greens and Socialists need to unite around social Justice.

      IainF

      May 12, 2021 at 4:33 pm

  3. The campaign for a second referendum created the bedrock of support for a Starmer leadership and the return of Blairism.

    Thanks for that.

    Eric

    May 12, 2021 at 3:37 pm

  4. You don’t need to be woke to watch French TV. They’re only one hour ahead of us.

    Francis

    May 12, 2021 at 4:35 pm

  5. Being an American Marxist, I am a bit puzzled by IainF’s paeans to the US Democrats. It was neither wokeness nor brilliant political strategy that gave us the Biden presidency. It was the fact that Biden is not Trump.

    Will

    May 12, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    • And the Democrats will continue to not be Trump or the next 16 years at least. Trump will be someone we will run against until the middle of this Century at least and we can mobilize our Base to continue to win Elections. As for Marxism, I would drop that old fashioned ideology. It had its uses in the past (it did some excellent work in the Institutions in the 1960s and 1970s) but it’s time to move on. Investigate the Green Revolution, Technocracy, the Global Citizen Movement and the “You’ll Own Nothing and You’ll be Happy” ideas of the World Economic Forum. This is the future of the Left for the 21st Century. It’s incredibly new and exciting. Time to drop the dead Russians and Germans.

      IainF

      May 12, 2021 at 9:05 pm

      • “Time to drop the dead Russians and Germans.”

        The work is done, Production is safely in the hands of the Workers, whose Rights are established and protected, a 3 day working week is now the norm and wealth has been equitably redistributed?

        trev

        May 13, 2021 at 7:10 am

        • Klaus Schwab : “Revolution will lead to a fusion of our physical, digital and biological identities”

          Give me this by an actual living German (and a great man) over some anachronistic 150 year saying by a long dead philosopher. What is more relevant to the future?

          IainF

          May 13, 2021 at 4:16 pm

          • I for one certainly do not want a fusion of my physical, digital and biological identity! Whatever that means? What’s the difference between physical and biological? How on earth can that be “fused” with our digital identity? By chip implants or what? Rudolf Steiner said that Technology is a Satanic plot to dehumanize Mankind, and he may well have been right!

            trev

            May 13, 2021 at 4:36 pm

            • Nothing satanic. That is right wing conspiracy nonsense. But I fully support and advocate micro chipping in the context of a cashless society. In fact our entire lives can be on the chips eventually. When have socialists been against more government control and oversight. All this freedom and liberty nonsense should be left to the Right, and opposed of that basis.
              P.S. Satan (and God) doesn’t exist. Man is god and will eventually build utopia.

              IainF

              May 14, 2021 at 10:19 pm

              • @ IainF

                Government control of Industry (and Workers control of Government) is one thing but some sort of technological digital mind control via chip implants is quite another! I’m not the one repeating Rightwing conspiracy theories, you’re the one who brought this up, talking about “fusion of digital and biological identities” and “Klaus Schwab”. Whether there is a God and a Satan or not is a matter of opinion but you are entitled to your beliefs.

                trev

                May 15, 2021 at 11:32 am

    • I, from a great distance, would have liked to have thought that is the case. But if we had a direct vote on our PM I would not rule out Bunga Bunga Johnson having got elected.

      Andrew Coates

      May 13, 2021 at 4:52 am

      • I, also from a great distance, think that Bunga Bunga Johnson is nowhere near as awful as Trump, at least so far as their public personae are concerned. I haven’t heard your PM praise torture and collective punishment, say that Neonazi groups include decent people, or boast about sexually assaulting women. Johnson is at least rhetorically in favor of defending public institutions like the NHS. Of course they are all de facto awful, with the Grenfell fire standing (in my foreign eyes at least) for a whole legacy of Tory callousness toward Britain’s proletariat. But I think the US election of 2020 was really an exceptional case of someone being voted out because of how justifiably unpopular he was; and as far as contrarian anti-establishment politicians go, yes, there are similarities, but goofball Johnson seems to me hardly comparable to asshole Trump. But of course, that’s a Yankee perspective, possibly colored by the assumption that the main enemy is at home.

        Will

        May 13, 2021 at 10:32 am

        • Now you put it like that, yes I can imagine even with the class hatred I and many of us have, sitting in the same room as Johnson. Even speaking to him. I cannot possibly imagine being within a thousand metres of Trump.

          Andrew Coates

          May 13, 2021 at 11:32 am

  6. An advantage of the British system is that rogue PMs can be deposed by Parliament. And sometimes are. It constrains them in ways which the American system cannot. So many reasons for not aping our cousins across the pond…

    Francis

    May 13, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    • I agree. If the UK ever manages to get rid of its monarchy it should take care not to fall into the kind of presidential system the US has, in which an elected monarch takes the throne every 4 or 8 years.

      Will

      May 14, 2021 at 10:45 am


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