I purposely call it ‘management’ because currently at least, we don’t want management, we want inspiration – if it frightens the horses a bit, so be it.
Jeremy Corbyn gave that inspiration.
I fear that Keir Starmer doesn’t.
Blair Fix is a heterodox economist, whose article I’m afraid I think is ‘overthought’ and also I do not actually agree with – but he does quote this gem:
Groups governed by belief systems that internalise social control can be much more successful than groups that must rely on external forms of social control. For all of these (and probably other) reasons, we can expect many belief systems to be massively fictional in their portrayal of the world. [David Sloan Wilson in Darwin’s Cathedral]
So we have Labour suggesting their previous manifesto was ‘unrealistic’ and undeliverable – when it certainly was not. They are sumerged in the Tory economic belief system, which is certainly massively fictional…
Isn’t that actually – if we looked a bit more deeply – an internalised social control?
There have actually been too many focus groups and not enough original thinking.
The Tories would be trying to influence and ‘bend’ thinking – by fair means or more probably, foul, in order to influence perceptions. Hence all their right wing think tanks – which are rather, in fact, much more for persuasion than thinking.
Labour seems to be enveloped – Stockholm syndrome like – in the outlook that they must respond to what people are thinking.
They need to wonder why people are thinking as they are.
People have been deceived. Responding to their deluded thoughts, influenced by right wing ‘policy based evidence’ should not ever now be Labour’s modus operandi.
Perhaps Blair was successful using this system – but the airwaves have been submerged in right wing thinking ever since – on the basis of nothing other than ‘bending’ thought.
Labour in 2019 won the vote of the majority of ‘younger’ voters – under 40 year olds. At the time the media referred to this as a “Youthquake”.
Youth are still Labour’s heartland and indeed they are the future – but they need to be motivated and INSPIRED!
Rumours that student loans will suffer more stringent repayment terms should play into Labour’s hand’s.
I suggest that Labour have to ignore the more mature voters – those that are inspired will vote for them – those that fail to be – never will.
And they are also a lost cause.
But let’s be frank – they are dying out…