Sunday, March 11, 2018

Dan Hodges writes about his former party

Dan Hodges is a former Labour party and Trade Union activist and employee who left the party when Ed Miliband was leader.

He disagreed strongly with his then leader's policy on how the West should respond to Syrian president Assad's use of poison gas against his own people and presentation of that policy: it would be fair to say he is even more unhappy with what is happening in the Labour party now.

Dan has a piece on his former party in the Mail on Sunday today. (For those who follow such things, of the two Mail titles that's the one which is less likely use insults like "Enemies of the people" for people who annoy it such as judges who rule that the law doesn't say what the paper wants it to say.)

I think we can reasonably assume that the Mail on Sunday's lawyers will have checked Dan's article very carefully and it would never have been published unless they were confident that they could substantiate the comments he makes in a court of law should an action be brought.

That won't stop the supporters of Momentum and those who like the idea of Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister from dismissing anything written in the Mail on Sunday by a defector from the Labour party as an obvious smear.

In the present political climate one wonders if producing concrete proof that a political party was planning the massacre of the firstborn would persuade it's partisans to withdraw their support.

Not very long ago it would have been unthinkable that a British mainstream political party could put itself in a position in which former members could write articles like the one which Dan published today about it. And if it did, it would be all the more unthinkable that such a party could continue to be regarded as a mainstream political party which could win 40% of the vote in a general election and continue to record around 40% support in the opinion polls.

The events of 2016 and 2017 have turned that view on its head. We now have Donald Trump in the White House and all over the Western World the lunatics have either taken over the asylum or are threatening to do so.

For those who do want to read it Dan's article can be read here.

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