Hi. You won’t know me. None of my friends went to Winchester, and we tend not to drift to Oxford and Cambridge because that’s what your set do, not mine. I am one of your base. It used to be that to be my democratic representative you had to earn it, I had to vote for you, but a media class emerged who squeezed voters out of the democratic equation and figured out social media allowed the creation of synthetic grassroots movements that could change that. I wanted to let you know I fully understand that your political views have changed, and the poor have gone from objects to be improved by the Tories, to objects improved by your dismantling the Labour Party(our democratic representation. I understand completely.
Anyway I wanted to let you know that protest and grassroots movements are the voice of the unheard. Not the voice of ex Winchester schoolboys who figured out that synthetic grassroots movements were a good way to dismantle political parties and gain political power. When you have the front bench of the House of Commons you don’t need protest. And centrally planned protests designed to remove the Leader of the Opposition from the democratic reach of their MPs, which rely on bullying, abuse, intimidation and threatening elected representatives, are not grassroots movements.
I know you spend a lot of time listening to fairy stories about the last time the hard left faction of the Labour left decided we didnt need to oppose the Tories, but I wanted to fill you in on what the eighties were like for the people who paid for that. It was shit. For a long long time. Until Labour could show the public they were electable, things couldn’t change.
Anyway, this is not 1983. We are in the midst of a national crisis as our position in the world changes, and the political vacuum you are deliberately making worse is going to hurt millions of people. It’s going to be like the austerity you supported, then exploited, but on steroids. People will go hungry. People will lose their kids, their communities, their homes, get ill, die earlier. Because of your background you won’t ever meet these people. It won’t be you who suffers. But am sure the Tories will welcome you back with open arms once you have helped dismantle the Labour Party, and are already very grateful for you leaving them without parliamentary opposition.
Don’t worry about your youthful views. We all change as we get older and mature. BY the time you mature you will have the nice soft cushion your elite education and wealthy family give you and you will never meet the people who pay for yours. Such is life and the class system.