“…after the humiliation of living through Thatcher and company being the ‘radicals’ and saying change means becoming imperial at home and abroad; after New Labour indulging in the unchecked executive power of the ancient British state; after the coalition promising to return us to the comforts of consensus; after UKIP putting itself forward as the party against corporate cronyism; after a lifetime of all this is the left finally rousing itself?
…When I say “the left” I don’t mean one single left, toeing an agreed line, seeking to grasp state power from its current administrators, to replace them with our ‘left people’ who will carry out the desires of the working class. I mean the opposite.
I take it that being on the left means supporting everyone being able to fulfill their human potential and opposing, therefore, the domination of corporate capitalism.
…Is it coming? Finally, is England rising, is William Blake coming in from the cold? It might just be happening. The SNP are transforming, the Greens are surging, Syriza is inspiring because it demonstrates the rational possibility of an alternative to austerity…”
[Anthony Barnett : openDemocracy 3/2/15]
Time to overturn the boat people…. 😉