‘Of course we always back the Kremlin on matters of national importance,’ the Just Russia representative replied, not even trying to pretend he belonged to a genuine opposition party’
This is what Labour would have been in relation to the Coaliton if Miliband senior’s coronation hadn’t been so rudely interrupted by his brother. And now he’s gone to New York, like losers in British politics seem to do these days. As things stand...it’s not quite that bad.
I’ve said before that if you transferred the British political establishment to China, it would just join the Party and carry on in the context of internal factional conflict. Maybe it’s more interesting to consider what would happen if they were transferred to Russia. Things are a little sharper in managed democracy: if you’re not part of the same organization, ends tend to be final. So let’s assume more people would just drop out because they couldn’t stomach it. But that still leaves the question of how those who remained would function in the system as they found it. Our Boris would be pretty much as he is now, running a big city with the aid of pet media, except his Gilligan would be a Chechen. IDS was a notable failure in his run at supreme power in the UK, but he’s a killer in his current role. Still, in a Russian context, no more than a trusted sidekick. Gove would be at home, but he’s a born grey eminence: his main skill and only purpose is in identifying enemies. I can’t see either Cameron or Osborne prospering in the same way as both have here, though I can see both as marginally plausible government spokesmen, with scattered interests in nightclubs, tourist venues and other such money laundering fronts. This is maybe the actual government problem. Nigel Farage is Vladimir Zhirinovsky, off the leash.
And I can’t help feeling that ‘One Nation Labour’ sounds a lot like ‘United Russia’, at least inasmuch as it’s a vehicle for the process of taking power. It’s a flabby vehicle that allows for all sorts of vicious, competent maneuvering. Not having a Berezovsky, it needs to be cobbled together on the run. Maybe it’s interesting that Ed ‘Volodya’ Miliband decided to try to kill off his Berezovsky, ie Murdoch, as part of the process of gaining power rather than making things clear to him afterwards, which at least proves that our democracy is open to competing styles of management.
Hey, just riffing here.