The bankrupt logic of Blairism
The governments butchery of the National Health Service is in chaos. Vast swathes of public opinion and the entire medical profession are united against them. Andrew Lansley, the hapless minister in charge of this mess, is today being made a martyr by Downing Street.
So ignorant and out-of-touch is this citadel of elitist privilege that it thinks shooting the messenger, Lansley, will solve all their problems. They don’t get it. It doesn’t matter who is Minister, nobody wants this carve-up. It is therefore something of a mystery why ex-Labour Ministers would want to ride to their rescue.
Alan Milburn has previously called Labour’s campaign against the NHS Bill “disappointing”. According to The Times this morning, Number 10 is considering drafting Milburn in to connive in their befoulment of one of the Crown Jewels of Labour’s legacy. I am loathe to call for expulsions, I believe in freedom of expression and action, however Mr Milburn’s actions, in overseeing this policy, would arguably put him in the position of ‘campaigning actively against the Labour Party’. At the very least I would call upon him to question whether his position is compatible with the Party card he carries.
Whatever Mr Milburn’s personal status, I trust Labour Party members to make the observation that his stance implies; that his wing of the Party are intellectually bankrupt. Not one Blairite has offered the Party or the country a plausible solution to this crisis. Nor have they acknowledged the part they played in ruining the country and Party. All they can do is follow their stance to its logical conclusion and become cheerleaders for Coalition – a pale shadow of past glories, worshippers at the altar of a long-fallen god.
When the Party elected Ed Miliband, it signalled a clear desire to move on, a desire to be true to its purpose and place in the world. It was a hesitant expression to be sure but the exodus of prominent Blairites and their support for the Downing Street oligarchy is slowly hardening that desire. Alan Milburn is a fitting symbol of this wing, yesterdays man, bereft of vision and the ability to make any worthwhile contribution. So, go Mr Milburn if you wish, you will sink with this wretched government and the Labour Party is better off without you.