“Elections are won from the political centre”
We often hear this mantra but it is far from the truth.
Elections are won far more through populist policies and good communications.
The center is largely irrelevant and constantly shifts (for example, today’s British political center is rather close to 1979’s radical Thatcherite capitalist right) and in many elections the center is in fact a place of demotivating doldrums in which centrist politicians put off the voters by their extreme blandness.
It is funny to hear voices within the Labour party spouting the centrist mantra at the very same time a clear left winger is racing towards victory against three centrists in a democratic contest.
The only Labour “centrist” to win an election was Tony Blair and he was a Murdoch stooge, Ed Miliband, Gordon Brown and Neil Kinnock proved that – without support from that evil Australian – Labour centrists don’t win elections.
Want to win an election? …then offer the people more of what they want than the other guy is offering. Even if some of it seems silly to you, remember that this is a democracy and elections are popularity contests as much as anything else.
Winning the popularity contest then doing good stuff afterwards is a lot better than trying to sell good stuff that people cannot understand and then loosing the election to the bad guys as a result. There is no honour in letting the NHS and the country as a whole be destroyed by Cameron and Osborne.