The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to complain about it.
Didn't really understand the article, and poor communication may be the real issue.To my way of thinking: England is a naturally Conservative country, and a Labour government is an aberration (3 successive terms especially). A Labour government has to operate within a hostile environment: Tory-supporting civil service, media, City, police. So, a Labour government has to be politically central (eg. light financial regulation), and whiter-than-white (eg. expenses).What really bemuses me is that Blair took the country into an unpopular war and survived. Yet, Brown has received nothing but criticism for performing a reasonable job.
"England is a naturally Conservative country, and a Labour government is an aberration (3 successive terms especially)."I think that it has a naturally conservative media, certainly. And the 'active citizenry' are naturally conservative as well.I outlined this argument in a bit more detail here:http://blog.localdemocracy.org.uk/2009/03/10/will-victor-be-the-eventual-victor/However, the idea that it is a naturally conservative country is a harder one to make - indeed, any improvement in the quality of democracy would have to start with a reduction of the powers exercised by the media, and the way that time-rich citizens drown out the wider 'general will'.
Looks like I'm a victim of the propaganda. In the 17 elections since '45, Labour won the English popular vote 8 times. That's cheered me up.
... including one election where I think Labour got over 50% of the popular vote - and lost the election (1951 I think?).Certainly, theres a strong social-democratic case that an election that isn't distorted by a partisan media would nudge the political centre firmly to the left.
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