Milne champions Popular Front with Lib Dems, SNP, Greens and Respect

April 2, 2015 at 8:11 am (Asshole, class collaboration, elections, fantasy, Green Party, Guardian, Jim D, Lib Dems, middle class, scotland, stalinism, wankers)

Above: Seumas getting all excited

The ‘Popular Front’ (ie what used to be called “class collaboration”) is alive and well in the fevered imagination and wet dreams of the Graun‘s tame public school Stalinist:

“[T]he prospect of a Labour-led parliamentary alliance – including, say, Lib Dems, the SNP, Greens, Plaid Cymru, the SDLP and Respect – taking Britain in a more progressive direction wouldn’t be so scary for most voters, to judge by opinion polls. It would risk being unstable and be bitterly opposed by some Labour leaders. Anything of the kind would depend on the numbers, of course, and may well be overtaken by the campaign in the weeks ahead. But it could also offer the kind of government that a large part of the population would actually want.”


  1. Andrew Coates said,

    That ‘large part of the population’ being the carefully vetted guests of Milne’s imaginary best all-time dinner party.

  2. redkorat☭ (@red_korat) said,

    All, with the exception of Plaid, are rightwing populist or rightwing neo-liberal parties. Just the sort of sclerotic popular frontism we should expect then. Jog on.

  3. redkorat☭ (@red_korat) said,

    Anyone who uses ‘progressive’ without irony can safely be ignored btw.

    The LibDem party is the true political home of supposed ‘radicals’ like Seumas Milne.

  4. matthewblott said,

    Seumas Milne serves a useful purpose as a perfect illustration of the inadequacy of Britain’s class system. Only a public school educated son of a BBC Director General could rise so far with so little talent.

  5. Rosie said,

    @matthewblott – That’s very true. He is mediocre in the extreme – as a writer, thinker, fact-digger, even polemicist. And he’s not just an occasional contributor to The Guardian, he’s an associate editor.

    • matthewblott said,

      I know he is Rosie – that was my point 🙂

  6. februarycallendar said,

    Devil’s advocacy:

    if Labour were the largest party but without a majority (which is entirely possible), wouldn’t you prefer this to other possible options?

    And I sort of like the idea of a Labour-led government having representation within it from areas of non-metropolitan southern England which are unlikely to return Labour MPs themselves. I know that large swathes of the British Left wouldn’t care, and might even be pleased, if non-metropolitan southern England became a caliphate under the control of the November 9th Society, but some of us have other concerns, which are perfectly legitimately of the Left in their own way.

    • pinkie said,

      Blimey, the “November 9th Society”.

      A small Nazi group in my home town, led by Fuehrer Terry Flynn. (I believe his day job was tidying up Wolverton railway station platforms.) When he ‘resigned’, leadership passed over to his ‘head of security’, who I believe ran his ‘society’ from Bedford.

      They weren’t so much chased out of my local pub as made to feel strangers.

      They claimed to be true Aryans and did loads of butch stuff in forests, obviously not appropriate for lording it over disinterested boozers, it seems.

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