T.R.O.Y. wrote:By any other governments standards Hancock would have gone months ago but we are in unprecedented times - as Okocha rightly points out just look at what Jenrick, Cummings and Patel have gotten away with. We are at a low ebb for cabinet integrity, with no end in sight.
It clearly undermines Johnson’s leadership, but regardless I’m sure the Tories will continue to climb in the polls. Until Labour offer a credible alternative we’re stuck with this sham I’m afraid.
The question you should be asking though is not why there isn't an alternative party for people to vote for - Labour lost complete credibility even within their own stoic hardcore supporters with Corbyn at the helm - as can clearly be evidenced by the collapse and loss of their traditional heartland seats (the 'red wall').
Things have certainly not improved since - nor can I see how it can whilst it is driven by ideology that simply isn't palatable to the electorate as a whole.
The question rather should be why people vote Conservative at all?
Surely mass abstention by the electorate is the only way to show dissatisfaction in the government with no acceptable alternative party to vote for.
The fact is (as recent as just two months ago) that despite Jenrick, Cummings, Patel people still went out and voted to give the Conservatives even more seats and power at the latest (local government) elections.
I mean, does that signal that they are unhappy with how the government has been acting up to that point?
I suggest very strongly that it doesn't.
It would seem to me that our shared values of honesty and integrity are no longer shared by the masses.
This can be evidenced by the almost universal lack respect in following the most basic of rules by the majority of people since the pandemic started - you don't get 5 million people testing positive if everyone simply kept to their own bubbles and wore a mask when they had to.
People do what they like these days and have a fuck you mentality it seems to me.
I also believe most people don't like to see the multitude of never ending protests (often ending with crowd trouble, damage to property and attacks on the police) and they don't like to be forced into watching gestures such as taking the knee.
I tend to think it actually gives many people a choice in their minds as to which is more palatable to them - more of this Tory government or a 'looney' left government replacing it (I put the 'looney' tag in there simply because many perceive it to be - I'm not saying it is).
So if there is no acceptable Labour party to vote for, no other alternative party with any chance of beating the Tory government then surely it comes down to a choice to vote Conservative or abstain doesn't it?
And if people are continuing to vote Conservative rather than not bother at all then they either like what the government is doing or don't like what they perceive to be the alternative if the government falls.
Labour needs to take drastic action.
They need to unite behind a charismatic leader and I'm not talking Burnham or Rayner (a David Miliband type perhaps if they can find one).
They need to rebrand and reposition themselves in the eyes of the electorate to become a socially democratic centre party and distance themselves from the leftist activists they are associated with. Dump the Corbynistas and other leftish nutjobs, and start to come up with rational national policies for the country and be seen to be the next government in waiting.
Easier said than done I know but they need to take control of their destiny now otherwise they won't have one because who in their right minds will want to vote for this shower in 2024 or even 2029 after that!
Your mate Maugham is doing a better job of opposition than the whole of the Labour Party at the moment.
Would it be beyond the bounds of reality that one day he might set up his own party?
Macron did and look at him now!
If Maugham set himself a platform of 'get the Tories out (without the baggage of the looney left that Labour caries around with them), would he become a viable alternative to the electorate that they currently don't have?
He'd certainly have all his twitter followers voting for him!
I'm not really being serious about Maugham having political aspirations but merely shows how far down the Labour party has sunk in many peoples eyes in that Maugham might be seen to be a more realistic vote of getting the Tories out than Labour currently are!