Dan Hannan is a Conservate Brexit MEP, which won’t endear him to some and most ofus will be to the left of him. Here he disucsses the weakness of the Left both in Europe and America. He tweeted today
The mainstream Left is in collapse across the Western world. That should worry us. My
It is a concern for all as the choice will be Centre Right or Far Right with the shadowy ill-defined Alt-right creeping in. Dan seems to realise we need a good sound left wing – presumably to keep the Right in order.
Here’s a startling fact: There have been eight leaders of the British Labour Party in the past 40 years. Seven of them failed to win a single general election. The exception, Tony Blair, was a Labour politician only in the most technical sense. Leftists saw him as a disguised conservative, a cuckoo in the nest. To this day, Labour activists use Blairite as the worst of insults, viler even than Tory. Let’s widen the camera shot a little. All over Europe, traditional parties of the Center-Left have been losing badly. As I write, opinion polls show the French Socialists in fourth place, the Dutch Labour Party in seventh. Greece’s PASOK, the leading party since the early 1980s, is now polling at 7 percent. Spain’s PSOE, which had a comfortable majority as recently as 10 years ago, has been displaced by the more radical Podemos. Social Democrats in former communist countries, such as Poland and Hungary, have, if anything, fared even worse.