Oooohhh, this is good!

The political tragedy of the British left is that unlike the right it cannot bear to synthesise its various strands – liberalism, social democracy, socialism – into one political grouping and one electoral proposition. It is not just that they need each other – socialism’s willingness to challenge private power is as vital a part of the alchemy as liberal social democracy’s understanding that, done right, it is capitalism that delivers enormous wealth.

We’ll be both socialist and capitalist in the one party! Something for everyone!

Yes, of course that’s Willy Bloody Hutton.

13 comments on “Oooohhh, this is good!

  1. — ” socialism’s willingness to challenge private power ”

    Robbing workers of their earnings is a ‘willingness to challenge private power’, and pedophiles are people with a ‘willingness to challenge children’s personal space.’

  2. In fairness, convincing people that that was possible was the trick Tony Blair managed to pull off for a long time.

  3. “…it is capitalism that delivers enormous wealth.”
    It won’t when May has finished hamstringing it.

  4. “it cannot bear to synthesise its various strands – liberalism, social democracy, socialism – into one political grouping and one electoral proposition”

    Well of course it bloody can’t. I’m a democratic liberal who has spent his entire political career fighting socialism, and this moron want me to merge with the bastards.

  5. “We’ll be both socialist and capitalist in the one party!”

    That’s the new Tory slogan, isn’t it?

  6. Capitalism means letting the horrible barrow boys in the City make money. Socialism means giving a lot of that money to me and my mates.

  7. I’d very much like to describe myself as a liberal, because I’m not a Tory. Unfortunately the term keeps getting pinched by other people, and not just Hutton and his kind.

    The latest game is to pretend that all liberals are in favour of the EU and that globalisation and internationalism are the same thing. All very dull.

  8. “Liberalism and socialism – cats and dogs, matter and anti-matter.”

    Nah …

    Socialists are more like ferrets in a sack, until someone else is thrown in then they turn as a business and rip them apart before returning to their own fight.

  9. “The political tragedy of the British left is that unlike the right it cannot bear to synthesise its various strands… into one political grouping and one electoral proposition.

    He’s not even an original writer, is he He’s just plagiarised Monty Python’s Life of Brian without a single credit.

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