As a non-Labour person, the Labour Party Conference seemed to start out very hopeful on Saturday, and with the Sunday morning remits….. then somehow for me it turned less hopeful.
The MSM were dreadful – stirring up conflict and avoiding the substantial issues, except for the housing policy – at the latter was a a very big disappointment to me. I’m not sure how much Team Shearer fed that MSM obsession with drama and conflict & anti-Cunliffe stirring?
I see that Shearer/Labour is touting the conference as a “new direction” for Labour – the Labour Party’s “new direction” is kind of, partly what I am looking for:
- a shift towards a more interventionist government;
- some good policies on asset sales, local government etc;
- and a bit of a shift away from neoliberalism.
But the housing policy is too focused on building houses for the private, home-buying market. And all the policies are focused on the middle-classes: albeit the socially responsible, community minded (to a limit) middle-classes. It is largely a view from a middle-class lifestyle, targeting the comfortable, but slightly insecure middle-classes.
Yes, Shearer has stopped talking about the deserving and underserving poor/beneficiaries – now he’s just not talking about the poor or beneficiaries at all. They seem to have totally disappeared from the Labour landscape.
And Shearer is now sounding quite macho.
I felt so despondent last night and this morning, that I was fantasing about giving up writing blog posts and moving to the country – a less expensive life-style.