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If disillusionment is all Keir Starmer delivers as prime minister, I fear Labour will shrivel and die | George Monbiot

If disillusionment is all Keir Starmer delivers as prime minister, I fear Labour will shrivel and die | George Monbiot

If disillusionment is all Keir Starmer delivers as prime minister, I fear Labour will shrivel and die | George Monbiot
Feb 11, 2024 1 min, 4 secs

They tend to be tacked together from the same few words: WEF, Bill Gates, immigrants, globalists, George Soros, elitists, Zionists, Muslims, deep state, fighting-age men, Covid hoax, climate scam.

It’s safer to blame immigrants or Muslims or Jews or women or trans people or two billionaires for the crises we face than to confront plutocratic power as a whole.

‘In Hungary, Viktor Orbán’s demonisation of George Soros and channelling of the ‘great replacement theory’ have proved highly effective at distracting voters from his political failures.’ Photograph: Denes Erdos/APParadoxically, these fictions favour the politicians who exacerbate neglect, exclusion and powerlessness.

Conspiracy fictions, scapegoating, the replacement of arguments with slogans and facts with wishful thinking, are not sufficient conditions for a shift to far-right politics, but they are necessary ones.

Labour was brought down by a lethal combination of the media’s ferocious assaults; sabotage by its own right wing; the party’s failure to deal quickly and efficiently with its antisemitism crisis; incoherence over Brexit; and conflicts and dysfunction within Corbyn’s own team.

But, while the country craved vision and optimism, Miliband produced instead the longest till receipt in history – a list of numbers designed to prove that the party was fiscally competent – while minimising the difference between Labour and the Conservatives.

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