Labour may have ditched many socialist economic principles, an action which helped the party get elected after 18 years in the wilderness, but political correctness became its barbed replacement.
In many ways Labour are still as far Left as the day is long. When Castro retired, many Labour MPs signed an early day motion praising him for his longevity in office. Harriet Harman also called him a 'hero of the Left' in a contemporary interview.
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I'm not aware of any Labour Home Secretary describing asylum seekers as scum (or the context), but I wouldn't think that was much beyond paying lip service to a public who are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the recent breakneck changes in the demographics. Indeed, Alan Johnson has now claimed the Tories are muddled on immigration and would be unable to prevent the population rising beyond 70 million. I'm not sure he realises his own cheek.
As for the gap between rich and poor, I believe the argument is misleading. Though many claim the gap has widened, it can also be said that the poorer are also generally much better off these days, even under Labour. The old cliche of satellite dishes on every rundown council house does have a tendency to ring true.
I'm no friend of New Labour, either economically or socially. I too believe that it has sold out too much to the international market and has treacherously disavowed the concept of protectionism, much to the nation's detriment. And any party made up of people who claim the old patriotic workers' slogan of 'British Jobs For British Workers' is deeply racist can't be good news.