The Labour party seems to have lost its grass roots. It seems to be more concerned about courting the middle voter and leaving behind the left voter.
Labour MPs are voting FOR the austerity cuts. However, countries who have not adopted the austerity measures post global financial crisis are recovering much quicker than the UK. In fact, since the global turn to austerity in 2010, every country that introduced significant austerity has seen its economy suffer, with the depth of the suffering closely related to the harshness of the austerity. All of the economic research that allegedly supported the austerity push has been discredited.
Is there some good reason why deficit obsession should still rule in Britain, even as it fades away everywhere else? No. This country is not different. The economics of austerity are the same – and the intellectual case as bankrupt – in Britain as everywhere else.
The price of these austerity cuts are being borne by the vulnerable in society; the disabled, children of sanctioned unemployed, carers, etc.
The answer is fiscal expansion and stimulus not austerity : increase government spending both to create jobs directly and to put money in consumers’ pockets; cut taxes to put more money in those pockets.
Labour once stood for the working man and those unable to work. These days it seems to be just slightly left of Conservative who, in turn, are going further right.
We don't want a middle ground party and that was borne out by the election result where voters decided on "better the devil you know" as there was very little difference between Labour and Conservatives.
Yes the massive vote for SNP ousting Labour in Scotland played a large part but the question that arose from this is why? Why did Scotland abandon Labour in favour of a more left alternative. The answer I think is clear ... disillusionment.
From conversations I have had with people over the last six months it has become apparent there is a lack of understanding about politics and even a lack of interest. Not that many people actually realised what they were voting for or against. What was apparent was that people want change but are too afraid to vote for change when the options aren't there or clear.
The media coverage was biased in favour of the Conservatives due to the ownership of the media outlets which also had a massive influence.
I think if Labour is ever going to bounce back from this defeat it needs to remember it roots. And, more importantly, it is the not the face we are voting for but policies that are not written on a stone tablet but in people's and politicians' hearts and minds.
In 5 years time, people will be fed up with austerity and begging for an alternative. Give it to them, clearly and concisely.