I don't want to decry those who went to Saturday's "March for the Alternative" demo. After all, they did it with all the best intention in the world, and they had every right to. But, for the historical record: the demo was an undeniable car-crash for the Party, in which almost all the things discussed in my previous post (by the way, the best-read by far in the short history of The Centre Left) came to pass.
The most worrying thing of all is to read, in the gushing tributes on Labour contributor sites today, an almost wilful denial of the reality that, for those not actually taking part the result was overwhelmingly negative. And we were seen by the Great British Public as guilty by association. From the shots of smashing windows interspersed with Ed's speech, to the moment when the speech tried to compare the struggle against the speed of the cuts with that of the suffragettes, anti-apartheid and Martin Luther King. Oh, and the burning effigies at Oxford Circus. So far I have heard blame for the Black Bloc, UK Uncut and the media. In fact, typically, everyone except ourselves.
How could we have let this happen? I am gathering my strength to do a longer post on this soon.