Oh dear. It’s been over the media this week. It seems that the Labour party is in disarray yet again, over two really small incidents.
At a time when the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government has been criticised over their plans to reduce the national deficit, never underestimate the ability of many in the opposition party to shoot themselves in the foot.
First, it was the turn of former party advisor Lord Glasman (the self-styled Blue Labour guru), who has attacked the direction of the party under Ed Miliband’s leadership in an article in the New Statesman, particularly on economic policy.
Then it was gaffe-prone left-wing shadow cabinet MP Diane Abbott, who was forced to apologise after she had allegedly wrote racist remarks on the social networking site Twitter. According to some, it probably wasn’t the first time that she had done this.
A lot of stupid comments have been broadcast and column inches written about these incidents, and it’s giving the party leaders one huge headache at a time which they least needed it.
This is rather old news, about different sections of the party openly attacking each other, except in this case it is between the last remains of what was the New Labour clique. It is this which is dominating party policy that often excludes what remains of the party’s divided and despondent membership and their friends in the affiliated trade unions.
Many millions of people in Britain who will soon be on the sharp end of the government’s many controversial policies, mainly on welfare, health and education, desperately need a strong political voice. But don’t expect a typically divided and incompetent Labour party to show any form of collective leadership any time soon.