On 20 January, shadow foreign secretary David Lammy gave a speech at the Fabian Society conference. Lammy’s speech was interrupted by pro-Palestinian protesters who asked him:
will you condemn the genocide?
how many more children need to die?
The Fabian Society had a predictably grim response to it all:
Lammy and the Fabian Society: all about power
If you’re unsure what the Labour Party-affiliated Fabian Society is, they are to Blairite neoliberal politics what dog shit is to bad smells. When they say ‘power not protest’, what they mean is they’d rather be the ones privatising the NHS than the ones lacking healthcare under it; they’d rather be the ones starting the Iraq war than the ones dying in it; and they’d rather be the ones giving Fujitsu a contract for software that doesn’t work than the subpostmasters going to prison over it.
‘Power’ is an empty word in that they want it purely for its own sake; not because they’d do anything moral or useful with it. And people were quick to point this out:
And talking about wielding power:
Political commentator Barnaby Raine linked the tweet to the Fabian’s history of grim commentary:
It wasn’t for nothing that protesters targeted Lammy, as the shadow foreign secretary is also being roundly criticised. Diane Abbott was another person pointing out how useless power is in the hands of these Labour politicians:
In this interview Lammy said “it’s about change through power, not protest”:
It’s increasingly unclear what this slogan they’re so happy with even means. Will those who protested Lammy be allowed to share the power if Labour becomes the next government? If not, then how will they exert change if they don’t agree with Labour, if not through protest?
Labour keeps telling us that change can only happen when they’re in power; they also keep telling us they won’t offer any change to the Tories:
People are protesting Labour not because they think Labour has the power to act now; they’re protesting Labour because they’re worried what Labour will do when it’s in government. They’re drawing a line in the sand and they’re saying we don’t condone this under the Tories, and we won’t condone it under you.
Public dissatisfaction being what it is, Labour has an open shot at the goal in the next election. Despite this, they’re doing their upmost to kick the ball directly at the stands.
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