In response to Paul T Horgan: Was Livingstone’s anti-Semitic rant calculated to hoover up votes?, Thomas Fuller wrote:
This is the beginning of the end for the Labour Party. Blair and Mandelson imported vast numbers of Muslims on the presumption that such immigrants would always be poor and so vote Labour. Did it never occur to the Labour high command that the Muslims, when sufficiently numerous (and that day is not far off), will in due course found their own political party?
When that happens Labour is toast because that party has thoroughly alienated the white working class who supported it throughout the 20th century. It may be that the Labour leadership has always despised the working class. They certainly do nowadays. Working people may not be highly educated or have the time or inclination to study politics, but they are well aware of this. Without that constituency, and without the Muslims, just where does Labour think its votes will come from? Scotland?
(Indeed, the Conservatives are also going the way of the dodo. These days it makes no sense to have the two dominant political parties championing, respectively, the rights of capital and labour. The division now is between ordinary people and the elites – that is to say between everyone except the banks, their client corporations and the politicians at present appointed by these. We can see this taking shape all over Europe and the US, and very heartening it is too.)