No phoenix in Labor’s ashes

No phoenix in Labor’s ashes, by Jennifer Oriel.

Labor is searching for answers to explain its long losing streak. … But the problems besetting Labor cannot be resolved by perception management. The party is floundering in no-man’s land.

Throughout the election campaign, former Labor leader Bill Shorten .. could not master the narrative because Labor could not reconcile its origins as a party of the working class with the identity politics that has come to consume it. …

Between the Labor Left’s war on mines and the Right’s PC elitism, all that’s left for workers is outdated class-war rhetoric. …

The Western left’s transition from a movement of workers’ rights and legal equality to a party of political correctness and affirmative action seems irreversible.

The decline in support for left-wing parties is partly attributable to the popular backlash against PC. One response has been to turn hard left. The discredited ideology of socialism is making a comeback. Red chic is returning to campuses teeming with undergraduates born long after the fall of the Berlin Wall. …

The left’s experiment with socialism has taken a turn for the worse in Britain, where Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is dealing with fresh allegations of anti-Semitism from numerous former party officials. The BBC interviewed more than 20 former officials and uncovered up to 1000 allegations of anti-Semitism. Labour leaders have rejected the claims.

Corbyn has a long record of sympathising with Islamists and communism. The BBC revealed that his communications chief, Seamus Milne, “worked for a magazine produced by the Communist Party of Great Britain”. …

A recent YouGov poll for The Times showed that only 18 per cent of respondents said they would vote Labour. It is the worst result since polling began. …

Whoever takes the role of rebuilding [Australian] Labor will need all the skills of a master craftsman. It is unclear what foundations of the party still stand. All that remains is the ghost of class warfare and the sound of PC fury signifying nothing.