Tony Blair: progressive politics is facing extinction

Tony Blair: progressive politics is facing extinction. By Bevan Shields.

Progressive politics is facing extinction, former British prime minister Tony Blair has warned in a stinging critique of the far-left and its “voter-repellent” approach to culture, gender, race and identity.

Blair, one of just three Labour leaders to ever win general elections in the United Kingdom, also said his crisis-plagued party needed “total deconstruction and reconstruction” …

In an essay for the left-leaning magazine New Statesman, Blair said there were only flickers of a progressive agenda with deep majority support around the globe and predicted the problem would worsen without an urgent change of strategy.

“Political parties have no divine right to exist and progressive parties of the centre and centre-left are facing marginalisation, even extinction, across the Western world,” he said. …

“‘Defund the police’ may be the left’s most damaging political slogan since ‘the dictatorship of the proletariat’. It leaves the right with an economic message which seems more practical and a powerful cultural message around defending flag, family and fireside traditional values.” …

His essay was published a week after UK Labour suffered major losses at a series of council elections. It was also thumped during a byelection in the traditional Labour stronghold of Hartlepool — a sign that the Conservatives still enjoy strong support from traditional blue-collar voters who overwhelmingly backed Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the 2019 general election.

Support for the left is at record lows in the West (just as well it’s high among US voting machines, eh?):

Matthew Goodwin, a professor of politics at the University of Kent, earlier this week calculated the centre-left vote was at its lowest level in the UK since 1935, lowest in Austria since 1911, lowest in Germany since 1932 and lowest in Sweden since 1908.

It is at its lowest ever in France, Italy and the Netherlands and second-lowest on record in Finland, Goodwin said. …

“There is a big culture battle going on. Progressive folk tend to wince at terms such as ‘woke’ and ‘political correctness’, but the normal public knows exactly what they mean,” [Blair] said.

“And the battle is being fought on ground defined by the right because sensible progressives don’t want to be on the field at all. The consequence of this is that the radical progressives, who are quite happy to fight on that ground, carry the progressive standard.

“The fact that it ensures continued right-wing victory doesn’t deter them at all. On the contrary, it gives them a heightened sense of righteousness, like political kamikaze.”

Blair said the left needed to understand that voters do not like their country, flag or history to be disrespected.

“The left always gets confused by this sentiment and assume this means people support everything their country has done or think all their history is sacrosanct,” he said.

“They don’t. But they query imposing the thinking of today on the practices of yesterday; they’re suspicious that behind the agenda of many of the culture warriors on the left lies an ideology they find alien and extreme; and they’re instinctively brilliant at distinguishing between the sentiment and the movement.

“They will support strongly campaigns against racism; but they recoil from some of the language and actions of the fringes of the Black Lives Matter movement. You could go through the entire litany of modern causes and find the same – from Extinction Rebellion to trans rights to Reclaim the Streets – in the same way.

“People like common sense, proportion and reason. They dislike prejudice; but they dislike extremism in combating prejudice.”

Well said Tony Blair. We never said he was stupid. He’s right about all of the above, of course. Nice to see a figure on the left giving the warning. But this is the still the Tony Blair who fundamentally transformed the UK by increasing immigration levels to way higher than anything since 1066, and from Pakistan of all places:

The huge increases in migrants over the last decade were partly due to a politically motivated attempt by ministers to radically change the country and “rub the Right’s nose in diversity”, according to Andrew Neather, a former adviser to Tony Blair, Jack Straw and David Blunkett.

He said Labour’s relaxation of controls was a deliberate plan to “open up the UK to mass migration” but that ministers were nervous and reluctant to discuss such a move publicly for fear it would alienate its “core working class vote”.

James Delingpole:

It was under Blair that the police were branded “institutionally racist”. It was also when the Orwellian concept of a ‘hate crime’ (i.e. a rebranded thought crime) was introduced onto the statute books.

Thus the traditional concept of equality before the law was undermined (because now designated victim groups had been granted special status) and the police gave up on the ideal of maintaining law and order without fear or favour, and began their transformation into the rainbow-flag-waving, internet-policing, uniformed Social Justice Warriors they have become today.