Labour’s membership was 70% ABC1 under Miliband.
It is now 77% under Corbyn.
The membership of the party is becoming concentrated in London and the South East.
It is mostly white, middle aged, middle class and male.
And “London’s values are Labour’s values”, according to Corbyn.
Most of the hard edged policies in Labour’s Manifesto, if enacted would see the middle class welfare state increase by 10s of billions of pounds whilst child poverty, rising under the Conservatives, would rise even higher, not incidentally or accidentally, but as a result of deliberate policy choices by Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.
John McDonnell promised that anyone with an income of £80,000 or less per year, 95% of the total measured by income, would not see any increase in Income Tax or National Insurance for five years, paving the way for stealth tax rebates.
For example, Labour’s plan to enact Universal Free School Meals combined with the Income Tax and NI pledge amounts to a stealth tax rebate of £437.00 per eligible child per academic year.
Those currently ineligible to receive free school meals and who have an income of less than £80,000 per annum would have an extra £437.00 per year to spend on their offspring.
Those currently eligible to receive free school meals would have an extra £0.00 to spend on their offspring.
The more parents have to spend on their children between 0 and 5 the better the life chances of their offspring.
Labour’s UFSM policy amounts to a transfer of income and opportunity away from the poorest in our society to those capable of paying for the school lunches of their own children.
Labour plans to pay for UFSM by leving VAT on private school fees. In order for such a tax to raise a significant amount of revenue it must only deter a few people from sending their children to private school.
The Diane Abbott of today is supporting a policy that would have made it harder for the Diane Abbott of yesterday to send her son to private school.
Abbott famously criticised others for sending their children to private schools and then played the race and gender card to justify her hypocrisy when she was found out to be doing the same.
Abbott sits in a Shadow Cabinet with Shami Chakrabarti, a passionate campaigner against grammar schools, who has sent her son, on failing to get him into Eton, to Dulwich College, the alma mater of none other than Nigel Farage.
We have middle class members of Labour’s Shadow Cabinet supporting measures that would give the children of the better off free school meals whilst making it harder for the other ranks to access grammar and private education thereby making those institutions even more the preserve of the middle class than they already are.
The newly minted Member of Parliament for Canterbury also campaigned vociferously against grammar schools before her election and before it was discovered she had been ‘forced’ to send both of her sons to a grammar school that holds its carol concerts in Canterbury Cathedral.
A more inclusive Labour Party would de looking to weaken the grip of the middle class on access to higher education not strengthen it, would it not?
A pound spent on Sure Start yields a greater socio-economic return than the same pound spent on universal ‘free’ university tuition, but Labour plans to spend £10 billion plus on the latter and at most only an extra £500 million on the former.
Labour under Blair and Brown pledged to end child poverty by 2020.
Labour under Corbyn in 2018 no longer has a child poverty reduction target.
One reason why some middle class (and even some working class) Corbyn supporters hate Blair and Brown so much is that they feel they were not sufficiently rewarded for voting Labour in 1997.
They have never forgiven Labour under Blair and Brown for going into a General Election on a platform of improving the condition of the working class, winning on that platform and then going on to deliver the policies on which they had campaigned.
In 2017 Labour under Corbyn adopted the election strategy of the SNP and went into the General Election on a platform of improving the condition of the middle class and lost.
The middle class in Great Britain is a smaller proportion of the electorate than the middle class in Scotland.
May be next time Corbyn should hire some people that know what they are about rather than appointing relatives, friends or ideological travellers to key Labour Party positions?
Most of the major players in Team Corbyn (which is not most of the Shadow Cabinet) happen to be white; male; middle or upper class; grammar, private or public school educated and quite often graduates of Oxbridge.
How did Corbyn ever get his reputation for being a champion for equal opportunities?
Team Corbyn lost after making an unashamed pitch for the middle class vote by pledging universal ‘free’ university tuition, free universal childcare, free universal school meals, a write off of (some) student debt, cheaper rail fares and so on.
My family were tribal Labour voters until Corbyn’s election as Labour leader and we remain members of the aspirational working class.
My father, for example, was a shop steward for decades, not an official like Corbyn, but like Corbyn he was for four years a Councillor and school governor.
We no longer regard Labour as an inclusive party. We see it as one that wants our votes, that actually expects our votes, because Corbyn, an uncultured, unread, intellectually challenged, middle class white male thinks he knows what is best for us and people like us.
The only thing that Danny Dyer did wrong during his Brexit tirade was to not address his second use of a derogatory word for a female body part directly to Corbyn, who as much as anything else is leading Labour, because he appeals to the exclusive group that makes up the bulk of the party’s membership.
Jeremy Corbyn is not leading the Labour Party, because he is a talented, hard working, insightful leader and skilled orator, who has done much for society in his long, well paid political career.
Corbyn is leading the Labour Party, because he is a rather unremarkable, awfully mediocre male, who was born into an affluent, white middle class family in 1949 and who appeals to people from a similar background.
The wider electorate when asked who they would prefer to be Prime Minister routinely puts Don’t Know a good few percentage points ahead of Jeremy Corbyn.
I look forward to a Labour Party Conference that will see that gap widen further as Don’t Know starts to breathe down the neck of Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn becomes ever more miserable and baffled …
Corbyn has enjoyed for most of his adult life the prerogative of the harlot down through the ages, power without responsibility.
He has criticised, derided and sneered at the work of others (and that includes Labour’s sister parties in Europe and their commitment to the EU) and questioned the motivation behind their labours.
The boot is now firmly on the other foot.
And his fan club, so used to sharing his predilections seem unaware that the terms of trade have turned and not in his or their favour.
Power with responsibility is a heavy burden.
And a man who has dodged bearing that load, with some skill and dexterity for most of his adult life, is ill equipped, too intellectually disinclined (to be generous), inherently too undisciplined, lazy and mentally heavy on his feet to take up the challenge of being Prime Minister in his 72nd year.
And Emily Thornberry, his likely successor is intimidated by “very cultured, well-read people – you know, intellectuals” and felt out of place at a secondary modern.
Naturally, Thornberry sent her children to private school as did Ken Loach and Seumas Milne, the Old Wykehamist.
God help the Labour Party, because on current form it is incapable of helping itself let alone deal with the challenges of Brexit/Lexit!