Priyamvada Gopal's piece on the recent past student actions in solidarity with Gaza got me thinking about the future of politics in the UK, post-New Labour fizzleout. What ideas and movement will their be in the moral ecology of these shores after a decade or so of Tory rule and the inevitable and long called-for re-equilibration of the UK's global significance?
The ideas that i want to see become commonsense arise from failings with respect to the way we interact with the rest of creation, capital, history and imperialism.
Lets not eat up and poison the planet.
Let's make a break from our colonialist pasts and presents.
Party politics here is a rather dull and lifeless affair, so perhaps ruminating on the potential reform processes within the defeated Labour Party is a waste of time. Maybe one of the causes of both voter apathy and radicalisation is the sheer boringness of the political field these days? Maybe the government should employ itself to encourage a more moderate boringness.
What would be interesting would be the death of the (2) established political parties and a freeing up of the space for interesting characters, traditions and visions to coalesce. Of course the Jackie Smith in you might suggest that I am doing the BNP's bidding for them, but I disagree. A pragmatic manager could do worse than the following political formation and distribution of labour, Tory councillers at the bottom, Social MPs and Green or Lib Dem Euro MPs.