The ‘Guardian’ Is Desperate To Sack The Electorate And Elect A New One, Aren’t They?

Ellie Mae O’Hagen on those disquieting austerity poll results:

This week’s crisis is brought to you by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which has released a report showing that attitudes of the British public towards poverty have hardened – and the most marked shift has been among Labour voters.


These days only 27% of Labour supporters cite social injustice as the main cause of poverty, down from 41% in 1986. Conversely, Labour supporters identifying laziness and lack of willpower as the main cause of poverty rose from 13% to 22% in the same period.

Is she surprised? She claims she isn’t:

… allow me to suggest for a moment that this news isn’t surprising at all. In fact, I’d say it would be more surprising if this shift in attitude hadn’t happened.

For a start, we wouldn’t expect Tory voters to suddenly harden their attitudes towards people living in poverty, because presumably their attitudes were pretty hard to begin with… So the only significant shift in attitudes on poverty we could realistically expect would come from Labour party supporters, who didn’t hold these opinions in the first place.

Or maybe didn’t feel like expressing them before, what with the risk of being labelled as bigots by the leadership, eh, Ellie?

More importantly though, unity of public opinion is what happens when political parties develop a consensus around a certain issue. People generally agree that benefit claimants are responsible for their own poverty because in the past 30 years, Labour has generally agreed with the Tories on that too.

Yes. Clearly, to Ellie, you think what you do because that’s what politicians tell you to think.

Well, it works for her, right? Why not extrapolate?

After Labour’s identity crisis comes the inevitable speculation about how Ed Miliband should respond. It seems to me he has very little choice in the matter. He can’t promise to get tough on benefits because that’s prime Tory territory, and attempting to out-Tory the Tories will only end in failure. He can’t occupy the middle ground (the political term given to “trying to second guess what the electorate think and then saying that”) because the middle ground on this issue, as we’ve established, is basically Conservative.

So, what should he do, Ellie? Lose? He’s already doing that!

Ed Miliband must be brave enough to fight this narrative, not just for tactical reasons, but because what’s the point of the Labour party if it won’t defend ordinary people?

Oh, Ellie, Ellie, Ellie…

You just don’t realise it, do you? The ‘ordinary people’ are the ones who are saying ‘Enough!’.

8 comments for “The ‘Guardian’ Is Desperate To Sack The Electorate And Elect A New One, Aren’t They?

  1. May 20, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Just remind me what social injustice is again. Is that where they take 70% of your wage and give it to someone who can’t be bothered to work?

  2. May 20, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Or maybe didn’t feel like expressing them before, what with the risk of being labelled as bigots by the leadership, eh, Ellie?

    In one.

  3. Viscount Rectum
    May 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Maybe the fruit cakes and swivel eyed can get together, Ed Milliband can join them his eyes look about right.

  4. Bunny
    May 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    If anything the political elite are the fruitcakes, they just don’t have a clue about anything

    • Viscount Rectum
      May 20, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      The political elite is a misnomer, there is an elite above politics as you can see Cameron has shafted the Conservative Party because there is a higher agenda, its called the Bilderberger agenda, see those numpties in Parliament they count for nothing.

  5. May 20, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    The Guardian seems still to be struggling to understand that Margaret Thatcher was not elected by champagne-swilling City types but by hard-headed working-class people like those above, the ones abandoned by Labour, we who will be voting predominantly for UKIP.

  6. Nick
    May 21, 2013 at 6:51 am

    I find this sort of bile disgusting: big spend good, moral and just, low spend bad, evil and cruel! Jobs bad! Work bad! Effort bad! Welfare good! Only good people vote Labour! Only evil people are tories! Only evil people want people to work for a living!

    Utterly disgusting, devoid of facts, no analysis, just reflex rhetoric. No wonder the Guardian makes a loss every day with a shrinking readership of under 90,000.

  7. Greg Tingey
    May 23, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Where you are “offered” starvation wages & long hours & unsafe conditions, so that the 0.01% can enrich themselves.
    It is worth remembering that BOTH these scenarios are true…..

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