This is our truth, tell us yours
This post is about where the Labour party should go, its future and how it could change to include many who dont vote for it, or only vote because there is no other option. There isn’t going to be a revolution and Labour is the best chance of beating the Tories.
The day after the election mr jem decided to join the labour party. It was perhaps an emotional decision, but it was one I recognised and understood. He didn’t get very far however, since after filling in his name he was asked to put his gender, there were two options, male or female. Not even that dismissive and slightly insulting other. He closed the tab, and went for a walk instead.
It might seem a tiny thing, but its not. Labour should be a radical party, a party that sides with the marginalized and the oppressed, a party that understands intersectionality. It should be, but currently it isn’t. Part of this is a patronizing attitude towards the working class who are seen as living single issue lives. Part of it is, I am willing to admit, the hidden curses of homophobia, and rad fem scummery. Sadly Labour women (the group and conference) are dominated by the kind of second wave feminism that sees trans people and sex workers as the enemy. Terfs and homophobic dinosaurs combining to say oh, these issues dont matter, lets talk about the real stuff.
The problem is if you defy an intersectional analysis on one issue, you ignore it on all others. The disabled become either tragedy porn or scroungers. People of colour are handy for making leaflets look inclusive, but only if they fit a dominant white narrative, and are never angry. LGBT means gay cis and in a suit, and monogamous.
I know some will say if Labour returned to its “loony leftie” GLC radicalism then the media will have a field day. Newsflash 80% of our media is tory. The next leader could personally cure cancer and the headlines will read “Evil Labour take work away from pharmaceutical companies because they hate business” Labour needs to reach out to those who don’t benefit from austerity, and those who do, but because of their intersections have empathy and oppression with others.
Part of becoming a radical left of center party again must be embracing electoral reform. It’s about presenting a vision, a narrative, a story that says more than we know best. The poor are not an amorphous mass who need rescuing. Instead of telling Labour needs to become a party of listening. I dont often agree with left foot forward, but their conclusion here is spot on, Labour needs a narrative, that narrative needs to be more than we know best. It needs to be radical, in word, and deed.
So a 4 point plan, since politicians seem to need bullet points.
One dominant narrative, Labour are a radical peoples party. That would be a game changer.
*should probably mention mr jem is cis