by Daphna Whitmore
The Labour-Greens fiscal responsibility announcement delivered by two guys in grey suits is worthy of a great big yawn. That two capitalist parties have announced they’ll be implementing capitalist policies along similar lines to the current government is just not exciting to the average rational human.
Less fortunate are the people who believe that any moment now Labour Will Turn Left.
Suffers of LWTL syndrome have had a rough ride for decades. Imagine how it is for them, each time Labour announces a policy they go through shock and dismay all over again. This is tough because there is never any closure. The next announcement by Labour will be just as hurtful to the LWTL sufferer. In the more extreme cases they talk as if Labour will adopt socialist policies or may even become a socialist party. These people have to live with a constant sense of puzzlement. They wonder why, why, why?
Mike Treen expressed it well in an article on Daily Blog discussing the Labour-Green announcement. He thought it strange that Labour and the Greens were signing up to neo-liberal dogmas and wondered why they were doing that? Often LWTL folks do things they don’t want to do. Mike admits he didn’t “particularly want to advise people who want to make capitalism work how to do their job” and then went on to give some nice solid Keynesian advice on how to run capitalism in a nice Keynesian way.
It will be a busy year for LWTL sufferers as they prepare to spread the message “Change the government”. The message is suitably vacuous for the occasion, emphasising content-free change, and avoiding the obvious sameness of the capitalist parties. That no capitalist party has ever turned into a socialist party does not deter these faithful, unloved LWTL sufferers. Just as no amount of political abuse dished out by Labour can change their mindset.