Our current political parties
The Conservative Party is now openly corrupt and in the pocket of big business, retail, hedge funds, property developers, Russian oligarchs and newspaper/media owners. It hands out contracts to its friends while pocketting millions in donations from the rich. Its advisers openly flout the law and its ministers are so incompetent they would have difficulty organising a drinking session in a brewery - despite receiving significant donations from companies like Greene King, Marstons and Weatherspoons. (Donations "in a personal capacity" of course!)
The Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer, responsible for taxation and spending, is in favour of tax havens, in favour of making the mainland UK an even bigger tax haven and in favour of keeping his own money in the Cayman Islands. He, like many Conservative Party supporters, so much love their country that they can't take their money out fast enough.
During the Covid pandemic the Conservatives Party discovered the Magic Money Tree (MMT) and it sprayed money (our money!) amongst its friends as if it was going out of fashion - it has become the party of financial irresponsibility and corruption, creating a legacy of debt to be paid for by our children and their children.
Fans of MMT (Modern Monetary Theory), scoffed at by the Conservative party until now, say that such spending may not lead to long term debt - though it may lead to inflation and devaluation of the currency. So, our children and their children will end up paying more for things because sometime, somewhere, somehow, someone has to pay.
The Labour Party suffers endless wars between the "right" and the "left" while everyone claims "the middle ground". It has become far removed from its original aims. Who knows what the principles and policies of the Labour Party are today - it refuses to say, preferring to sit on the sidelines and moan. It seems to have adopted a policy of "support Israel" and you are in, "support the Palestinians" (or try to find the best solution for both) and you are out. The Labour Party is unfit for purpose and beyond reform
Unlike the Conservative Party which relies on large donations from rich individuals and companies, the Labour Party is funded by its members (over 600,000 under Jeremy Corbyn - but membership has dropped like a stone since then) and by the subscriptions of 6.3 million Trade Unionists.
There is no choice
We don't live in a democracy.
Millions of us have never had our views represented in parliament - simply because there is no choice and because our first-past-the-post voting system automatically disenfranchises millions.
The Conservatives have been in power for 12 years since the 2010 election and they remain dedicated to ensuring that those who have it, keep it.
They have no interest in creating a fairer society or "levelling"up. They are bought and paid for by their financial backers - the same people who brought the world to its knees in the financial crash of 2007/8. Those with privilege and wealth know which horse to put their money on.
We have a government described by one of its own ministers as "a cesspit full of liars" led by a selfish, lazy, corrupt, greedy, ignorant, liar, whose buffoon-like charm seems to appeal to millions.
If you judge political parties by how far they achieve their aims, the Conservative Party is a roaring success while the Labour Party is an embarrassing failure.
To be fair, the Conservative Party knows what it is paid for, the Labour Party hasn't got a clue what it wants.
How the Labour Party joined the establishment
In 2017 the Labour Party frightened the UK establishment by coming very close to winning the General Election with policies that promoted fairness and justice "for the many, not the few".
This, plus the huge surge in Labour Party membership (up to over 600,000 - making it the largest political party in Europe) frightened not only the traditional establishment (landowners, large corporations, hedge fund managers, the City, the wealthy, newspaper proprietors, offshore investors, Russian oligarchs, tax avoiders, etc.) but also the "we're alright Jack - let's not rock the boat" conservative section of the Labour Party.
There followed two years of systematic attacks on the publicly popular policies developed by the Labour Party membership and on the elected leader. Many attacks were carried out by Labour Party MPs and full-time employees while others were carried out with the assistance of foreign governments. Similar attacks were launched against Harold Wilson in the 1970s.
An 848 internal Labour Party report revealed the truth of these internal attacks - but the current leadership of the party has ensured that the report was buried and never published. The establishment, inside and outside the Labour Party, can now sleep easily in their beds.
A full copy of the unpublished Labour Party report may be found here.
There are many good people in the Labour Party - hundreds of thousands joined under Jeremy Corbyn. There are good Labour MPs but they are outnumbered by time-servers with no interest in pursuing radical policies to create a fairer society - they talk-the-talk but fiddling round the edges is as far as they are willing to go.
The party has become a policy-free zone which dreams of a world run by Guardian readers - after all, it was pundits in the Guardian, vicious attacks by the mass media, a well-financed and well organised campaign by "friends of Israel", back-stabbing, failure to accept the Brexit vote and stupid last minute policy changes by the right wing of the Labour Party, that caused the loss of the 2019 election.
The disasters that befell the Labour Party in 2021 (all Jeremy Corbyn's fault according to professional back-stabbers and multi-millionaires Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson) show that it is unfit for purpose, a policy-free zone, totally out of touch with what voters want and hasn't a clue what to do about it.
Instead of offering the positive, the Labour Party is entirely reliant on the Tory government collapsing under its own greed, corruption and internal divisions.
Note for Peter Mandelson
In the General Election of 2017 (under Jeremy Corbyn), the Labour Party got 40% of the vote. In the local elections of 2022 (under Keir Starmer) the Labour Party got 35% of the vote and, outside Wales (run by a very left wing version of the Labour Party) the party lost votes and lost seats. It gained three councils in well-off areas of London - but it lost three councils in less well-off areas of London. The local elections of 2022 were a disaster for the new, pro-establishment, right-wing, policy-free, Labour Party.
A few recent vote counts.
Batley and Spen:
2005 17,974 (under Tony Blair)
2017 29,844 (under Jeremy Corbyn)
2019 22,594 (under Jeremy Corbyn)
2021 13,296 (under Keir Starmer - 45% of the 2017 vote)
Chesham and Amersham:
2005 6,610 (under Tony Blair)
2017 11,374 (under Jeremy Corbyn)
2019 7,166 (under Jeremy Corbyn)
2021 622 - and a lost deposit (under Keir Starmer - 5.5% of the 2017 vote)
2005 12,752 (under Tony Blair)
2008 18,251 (under Gordon Brown)
2010 16,267 (under Gordon Brown)
2015 14,076 (under Ed Milliband)
2017 21,969 (under Jeremy Corbyn)
2019 15,464 (under Jeremy Corbyn)
2021 8,589 (under Keir Starmer - 39% of the 2017 vote)
The Labour vote dropped by 12.4% as the Liberal Democrats defeated the Conservatives.
Anyone who wants to find out more about multi-millionaire Peter Mandelson is advised to start with his entry at Companies House, follow the links to the companies he is associated with, look at what they do, look who they work for, look at their shareholding and look at their cash-in-hand. Blair and Mandelson couldn't wait to get their snouts into the trough as soon as they left office
In four years the Labour Party threw away between 55% and 95% of its 2017 votes and now has this statement as part of its official rule book:
"Neither the principles of natural justice nor the provisions of fairness in Chapter 2, Clause II.8 shall apply to the termination of Party membership ..."
There is a lesson here - but the Labour Party has become a slow learner as it closes its eyes, swings to the right and fails to recognise that the world has moved on - it offers nothing and has no agenda for making our country a fairer place, it has become "Tory Lite" and needs to be scrapped.
The "we're-the-not-the-Labour-Party" party!
The Labour Party has become so embarrassed with itself that, in an emotion-driven campaign in Batley and Spen, it didn't even mention its name on election leaflets. The "policies" it outlines are more relevant to parish, district and county councillors than to a national parliament. The party has become a pathetic shadow of its former self.
If the Tory candidate (from up the road in the "wrong" part of Yorkshire - can it get more pathetic than this?) had put in a smidgeon of effort the majority of 323 (323!) would have vanished.
It's all about policies - stupid!
The weird thing is that study after study, survey after survey, shows that, once told what they are, the overwhelming majority of the British population is in favour of Labour Party policies - or at least the polices of 2017 before the right wing started changing them in the run-up to the 2019 election. Most of those policies have now been abandoned.
Clear policies, and a strategy to inform people of them, is the key to success. It is an open question as to whether or not this is possible given the UK media is run by foreigners, non-doms, tax avoiders and financial supporters of the Conservative Party. We have a policy to correct that!
It's all about people
The sad fact is there is no-one around who could lead a party to take on the Conservatives. Jeremy Corbyn is an honourable and principled man - a "good bloke" - but he has never been seen as a "leader". His character has been well and truly assassinated by the Polly Toynbees of this world and others who have a lot to lose if his policies, "for the many, not the few", were ever implemented.
Unfortunately there are other principled people in the Labour Party who have, in one way or another, sacrificed their principles in the face on vicious attacks by the "New Labour", Blairite, right wing of the party. Those same people on the right have crushed all dissent in the party (and lost upwards of 100,000 members so far)) and now they have suffered disaster in the elections of 2021. Will that change their minds? No. They have been left behind by history, they are still living in the 1990s, and they are incapable of change.
With no-one capable of fronting an alternative to the Conservatives we are effectively dead in the water - sad but true. However, we can dream.