The modern left needs to refocus itself

By William Hallowell | Editor 

This obsession with British history and attempting to it rewrite must stop if the left are to reclaim the working-class.


To regain the respect and support of the working-class, Britain’s left-wing must readopt class politics – its true fight – and drop the identity-driven culture war. Holding historical people and events to account by today’s standards is nothing but a cringeworthy attempt at Britain-bashing by even more embarrassing self-loathing flagellants. It’s also completely futile. What some have dubbed to be ‘progressive’ is anything but that. What is progressive about hanging on to the past and using it as a political piñata to shame our great figures and their admirers with?


This is the opposite of progression. It is those that take great pleasure in Britain-bashing and white-hatred that accuse the right of being ‘obsessed’ with our past – especially when it comes to our internationally symbolic Union Flag and some of our – wartime – heroes like Sir Winston Churchill, whose statue is used by various contemporary left-wing movements to propagate outright ludicrous – or even false – narratives: chiefly that ‘all white people’ are and the British Empire was racist.


It is not racist to fly our flag. It is not racist to celebrate the achievements such as those of Sir Winston, or shameful to take pride in what Britain represents on the global stage. Some historical figures may be flawed; some actions of the British Empire in its hunger for global domination may have been abhorrent – but only by today’s standards. Those who do choose to call Churchill racist – and see it as a valid political point-scorer or reasonable justification to tear down his statue – clearly have a selective memory; or more likely: selective history; or even more likely than that: (conveniently) poor education on such history. Should recognition of Churchill’s role in the Second World War be neglected purely for making a racially insensitive comment almost a century ago?


What have become somehow controversial British figures are used by the modern left as an excuse to proliferate anarchic behaviour. It is no wonder the working-class turned against the Labour Party when it has been hijacked – when all that it stands for has been mutated. The majority sentiment in the Labour Party is one of distain and contempt for British history; one of a desire to bash those who choose to celebrate British heroes. It is completely driven by identity politics, and thus, in turn, has been derailed. The focus of the modern left is not that which Marx saw as a vision for the working-class, but what they see as ‘progressivism’ – which is nothing than a more passive label for the attempted bludgeoning of the British Empire and a view to spit on those who do value our culture, our heritage and our history.


It is very rarely the case that previous British generations are held to the ‘progressive’ standards of contemporary society. It is targeted individuals; individuals who served our country and should be treated as heroes, who the left take aim at – ironically people like Churchill are admired by the working-class. Modern socialism has been stolen from the workers by the cringeworthy, bourgeois middle-class to propagate identity politics in substitution for the class struggle, so it should be no surprise that so many who should be represented by parties such as Labour are no longer. It should come as no surprise when the working-class turn away from the party that openly endorses movements fixated with attacking our history, slandering our heroes and burning our Union Flag.


But, it should also come as no surprise if people like Churchill were racist. It was common place. However, it would be a complete lie to say that for this he is celebrated – apart from by actual racists perhaps. Churchill is glorified for his role in the defeat of actual fascists, not any perceived racist views he may have held or things he may had said.


Leftists will not seek to condemn the generations that fought in the First and Second World Wars because it is of little interest and presents no opportunity for petty politically-driven victories. Even if Sir Winston was racist, it is certainly no reason to be pulling down his statue and condemning his name in some vain – and yet, futile – attempt to smear British history for the sake of demonstrating some self-perceived moral high ground.


Image credit: Iker Merodio | Photography 

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