This tweet which came my way just now lays bare how corrupting and irrelevant to ordinary people’s needs political parties have now become:
As @umairh said the other day “politicians are cowering middle managers for a growing global plutocracy” Politics must change Not the party
Meanwhile, Chris explains clearly what he thinks is wrong on the separate matter of ideology in film funding:
However, when an intelligent man says something so silly, something must be at work. That something is ideology. What we see in Cameron’s remark is an extreme manifestation of managerialism – a belief that something unpredictable (the public’s film tastes) can in fact be foreseen in advance by experts in government.
And he concludes thus:
In this sense, managerialism is a truly powerful ideology, as its blinds its possessors to the fact that it is (to say the least) a partial and contestable view of the world.
I would go further. Managerialism, as thus defined, and I am pleased to stumble across such an understandable definition so unmumblingly phrased, is a prime example of an ideology which claims to be outside ideology. Blair and New Labour’s magpie-like Third Way – extraordinary button-pressers who managed to convert us all into robotic responders to the encouragements and even impositions of nudging policy-making and statements – are in this sense true sons and daughters of capitalism: the prime anti-ideological construct in all our societies.
And all, also, clearly prime examples where politicians choose the cowardly road of not taking obvious ownership for re-engineering entire societies. A lesson which Cameron has learned rather well (more on similar lines from myself here).
As the tweet above so significantly indicates: “Politics must change Not the party”. If Labour can only win elections by reproducing exactly the same relationships between wealth and poverty the Tories are so astutely pursuing – and in such a coordinated way – we have to decide whether the problem is our political leaders or, actually, the system within which they are obliged to operate.
Don’t blame the leaders, then; blame the systemic duties, constructs, processes and procedures those at the very top have become so accustomed to forcing upon us.
For the Left’s leaders have their hands tied just as much as any wage slave out there.
Which is why it’s now time for politics – not political parties – to be in our intellectual crosshairs.