Labour extinct inside 10 years?

Don’t get too excited, it is UK Labour we are talking about.

However the lessons there apply just as much to NZ Labour.

One of Ed Miliband’s advisors certainly thinks that Labour is an endangered beast.

The Labour Party could be extinct within a decade, one of Ed Miliband?s closest advisers has claimed.

Jon Cruddas, Labour?s policy co-ordinator, said the 115-year old party could simply ?disintegrate in real time?.

The remarks are particularly noteworthy, given Mr Cruddas? job description is often given as rebuilding the party in the wake of New Labour.

During a debate about digital democracy, he was asked whether Labour might to the same way as social democratic parties in Greece and Spain which have been outflanked by radical anti-austerity movements such as Syriza and Podemos.

Asked whether the Labour Party might “not exist” within ten years, Mr Cruddas, a reknowned free-thinker, replied: ?Yes, yes.?

?There is no safe ground for any orthodox parties and the stakes could be high potentially. They could just disintegrate in real time. And I include in that the party that I represent.”

May?s General Election could offer a breakthrough in Parliament to parties that were in the fringes five years ago: the Scottish National Party, the Greens and UKIP.

Combined they are likely to produce a hung Parliament. Mr Miliband?s hopes of uniting the left under the so-called 35 per cent strategy appear misplaced ? he frequently polls less than that.

This is?especially true when Labour do dumb things like this:

It emerged this weekend that Labour is considering proposals to force companies to share their profits.

Under plans being studied by the shadow cabinet, firms with more than 50 staff will be obliged to set up a profit-sharing scheme, with workers being handed a cash sum based on their employers? financial position.

Gareth Thomas, a shadow minister, said the policy had been adopted by the Co-op party, of which 31 Labour MPs are a member, and is now being considered by the highest ranks of the party.

?While there are some great British companies such as John Lewis who succeed through a shared economic approach to business growth, too many still base their models on low wages and low skills,? he told the Observer.

?This has contributed to an economy where hard work too often doesn?t lead to higher wages for the working majority, but simply gets funnelled into greater rewards for those at the very top.

?Through allowing employees to share in the profits that get made, a John Lewis approach would allow Britain to better harness the effort and commitment of the whole workforce.?

The Institute of Directors said that France is cutting similar schemes because it damages job creation.

“We cannot believe that the Labour leadership will take such an obviously counterproductive measure seriously,? said Simon Walk, the director general of the IoD. ?Employee profit-sharing can work well for companies who choose it, but it has to be up to them. This idea would give companies with 49 employees a very strong incentive not to grow.?

That sort of stuff might play well to their union funders but goes down like a cup of cold sick amongst the self-employed.

 

– The Telegraph

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