Monday, August 22, 2011

The ugly face of Labour

After last night's shocking poll results and the threat of losing her comfy MP's salary, Clare Curran is revealing Labour's ugly face, complaining about "white-anting of Labour from both the right and the left" and specifically from the Greens:

And on another note, re white-anting; the attempts by the Greens to encroach on Labour territory is also happening in Australia.
When Curran talks about "territory", she's talking about people's votes. And the underlying idea is that some votes just naturally "belong" to Labour. Which is simply bullshit. Labour needs to get this through its thick skull: there is no Divine Right in a democracy. Votes do not "belong" to parties - they have to earn them. And if Labour can't, if other parties are doing a better job of appealing to their traditional constituencies and is undermining their voter base, they have no-one to blame but themselves.