Dan Hodges and Tom Harris spit on the future….while Johnson snipes….
When it wasnt the usual Saturday afternoon football chatter; disparaging rants by leading Blairites like Tom Harris MP and Dan Hodges against the UK Uncut protests filled my Twitterstream. Meanwhile, political news is dominated once again by the musings of our most disloyal Shadow Chancellor who is now the titular leader of the Party as appointed by the Blairite Party within a Party.
UK Uncut and the student movement are the harbingers of the future. This is literally and metaphorically true due to the age of the participants; a whole generation is growing up schooled in direct action. It isnt bound by conventional forms and they will carry this with them. No wonder it scares the likes of Hodges and Harris to see people empowering themselves. They rely on keeping things within boundaries which enables them to establish and maintain control and have no time for democracy as they have shown in their graceless attempts to undermine the democratically victorious leadership.
Johnson is giving a masterclass in this as the Blairite rump use the media to full effect; relying on it and their disproportionate weight within the PLP to control and imprison our leadership. Labour is rumbling towards civil war with the Blarites determined to do everything and anything to maintain their dead hand of conservative control. The leadership currently is looking on rather hopelessly as the crisis deepens; at whose centre is the schism between the PLP and the rest of the Party and the movement. It needs to shake off its sloth and start taking some action. How many times can a leading member of the Shadow Cabinet get away with behaving like Johnson?
Despite its vim and vigour; UK Uncut lacks something in political direction. Its energy and determination will not sustain it alone. We need to win a clear argument over its political direction and we need to win these radicalised activists into Labour. They could well decisively tip the scales against the Blairites and I am sure Hodges and Harris know this. They are relying on seperating the Party and movement. This direction cannot be imposed on the movement but must be fought for within it in a comradely and supportive spirit. When Hodges and Harris spit on this movement, they are spitting on the future which is unsurprising because they are the past.