This is a strange video. It washes over the viewer in pale dystopian greys. Towards the end, the NHS it wants to rebuild is white and industrial-looking – just like the padlocked ballot box we are told will serve as a tool to its recovery. We are missing only the white coats and padded cells to complete the image of Bedlam.
The Labour Party exists only as a logo and is represented by extraordinarily managerialist-looking figureheads (always excepting, perhaps, the nurse). This is the final nail in someone’s political coffin. Maybe mine for making such observations. A corporate NHS, defended by the kind of corporate Labour which cannot itself quite step up to the barricades, populated by corporate bodies who tell professionally-couched corporate tales in the kind of carefully trained corporate tones of practised presentation-givers.
In this video, we also see what I would judge to be a mistaken appeal being made to the voters: here, we see the NHS belongs to a single political identity; it does not belong to everyone.
Yes. I know. There are good historical reasons to suggest that without the Labour Party, the NHS would never have existed.
But the people who are taking advantage of this badge of identity are using it quite desperately to capture as many floating voters as they can in a moment in our body politic when Labour should really be ripping apart the Tory-led Coalition in the polls.
This isn’t happening.
Labour is not polling beyond the combined strengths of a curiously resilient Tory Party and even a highly weakened Lib Dems.
This is the reason why I hate elections of most kinds – and dystopian elections in particular. These are the dynamics of easy “us and them” – the dynamics I might venture of a kind of civil war – where what we are in favour of is made up mostly of what we are against.
I didn’t join the Labour Party to turn fellow Englander against fellow Englander.
You may disagree, of course; you may feel this video does nothing of the sort.
Convince me otherwise, then.
And, whilst you do, please explain why there are so many dystopian greys.
Is this really the kind of colourless future you want the public to see you voting for?