The blame game amongst the British Labour Party continues, and it is not only from the angry deselected candidates but even from its former leadership.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has sent a message to the Labour candidates to drop “misguided ideology” when they decide to choose the next party leader. But the entire Labour party, including Blair and the union that kept Jeremy Corbyn in, had known of this “misguided ideology” since 2015 when he became the leader of the opposition.
And while many issues have lost Labour this election, and Brexit is one of them, Blair cannot assume he’s the innocent party in Brexit saga. He is as much responsible for the crises as the unworkable EU policies. When Eastern European countries joined, Blair was the British Prime Minister, and it was him who said only "10,000 people would come" to the UK when instead in the first year one million came. Blair could have stopped this if he had followed other EU countries in the beginning by putting in restrictions on who can come and under what circumstances. Belgium government, for instance, was very clear, that people coming in had to have a job to stay otherwise they would have to leave. But Blair’s Britain was naïve and misguided on how poor Eastern Europe was and how much it lacked in opportunity. He miscalculated the level of pressure that the migrants would put on public services, not to mention the welfare system that was handing out cash to anyone that wanted it even the newly arriving Eastern Europeans who have never paid tax in the UK. Blair did not take into consideration how the British people would feel about this when their salaries would remain stagnant for a decade.
Blair is also the last person to criticize anyone when he used the royal prerogative to go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan when there was no shred of evidence of WMDs. Those wars made him a millionaire and owner of some of the most expensive properties in the UK. He profited off of people’s suffering.
As for the unions, blaming other Labour anti-Brexit contingent for Corbyn’s loss is quite frankly irresponsible, knowing that there were opportunities for the party to change the leader, but unions opposed it. Then it was Corbyn’s indecision on which way he was going to sway on Brexit because the whole country already knew he was anti-EU.
Corbyn undermined and abundant his voters most who come from industrial north and Midlands that have for decades lost out in investment as most of it went to London, Manchester, and other big cities in the UK. Those voters chose Conservatives, and some for the very first time in their life, signaling a decline of Labour party.
Corbyn also lost because he was running against the parties who refused to withdraw their candidates from constituencies they knew they would not win in. Those parties are Liberal Democrats led by delusional Jo Swinson, who thought she could be a Prime Minister this year, only to lose her seat in the process. And how could we forget the Green Party whose only policy was climate change which was not high on the agenda of struggling voters. But it was also true that Conservatives run a dirty campaign. The media was not objective running with the stories that referred to Corbyn as IRA and terrorist sympathizer, and voters on the doorsteps did not want to elect him. Even NATO leaders did not trust him with security, and British army chiefs said should Corbyn become a Prime Minister, the army will oppose him if he decides to scrap UK’s nuclear program, the trident. Corbyn also threatened to nationalize companies like British Telecom, which would have ended up in courts for years with extraordinary cost the taxpayers. He even promised free broadband, which was an exciting proposition to people in villages, and yet even they did not vote for him. Labour was hell-bent on spending money the country does not have. Corbyn went from a winning strategy in 2017, to a losing one in 2019.
Labour Party also has another big problem; it has gone too far to the left, aching to the levels of socialism witnessed in dictatorships like Venezuela, a regime which Corbyn supports since Hugo Chavez's leadership. Corbyn then joined forces with another radical left socialist, American Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), who also endorsed him for the British Prime Minister. But she failed to fathom that British people do not like to be told what to do, and while President Donald Trump's endorsement of Boris Johnson, has not gone down too well, AOC could not have assumed she was going to win cookie points with hers. AOC's naïve and atrocious comparison of concentration camps with illegal immigrant detention centers at the U.S. border insulted a large number of Jewish people. So why then would she take it upon herself to endorse a party that has done nothing to deal with anti-Semitism, and for that, she was criticized. Corbyn and AOC had a long conversation some months ago exchanging radical left views, and it has not panned out well for either, especially Corbyn. Instead of turning towards Trump administration with whom the UK will be negotiating a trade deal once it leaves the EU, he had done the opposite and failed to put the country first.
But it was also Labour's extraordinary suggestion that they plan to spend £85 billion over five years while raising taxes, that tanked the party. The only people he was going to help were people already on welfare and help them stay there instead of pushing them to find a job. When the Labour party was in charge of the UK, it made welfare more profitable while punishing the working people. They gave single mothers so much money that babies were being born for financial gain from the state benefit, with no cap on how many kids would receive child benefit, and they were going to do the same again while punishing the taxpayers. As Labour lost the 2010 elections, Liam Byrne chief secretary to the Treasury under Gordon Brown left a note to his successor "I'm afraid there's no money left." That is because Labour spent it like there was no tomorrow.
The next step Labour takes is to distance itself away from the radical left that did it no favors and select a candidate that does not belong to Corbyn fold. Their policy on Brexit no longer matters, as Johnson now has a mandate and the numbers to take the country out of the EU even with no-deal Brexit, and no amount of opposition will stop him. The opposition parties combined do not come close in numbers that Conservatives now have sitting in the Parliament. Johnson can do what he likes.
So, when the likes of Blair, Labour MPs, or their unions get on their high horse again and criticize Corbyn, they should remember that they also contributed to these historic loses in 2019 general elections and handed Conservatives the victory. If Johnson manages to do a good job, he will not be just a one-term Prime Minister.