It’s usually improper for a school principal to disclose their political leanings, but in my case it is hardly a secret that I come from the Left. I have been a member of the UK Labour Party and of the ALP and I believe in a fairer distribution of wealth and power in society.
But today I weep for what the Left has become. The cause of fairness for working people is displaced by rigid identity politics. Liberal values of free speech and the exchange of ideas are cast aside by a brutal cancel culture.
And now this. Since when was defence of baby-killing a left wing cause? Since when was it leftwing to either deny allegations of rape (anyone remember “believe all women”?) or defend them as acts of “resistance”? Why is the Left marching for murder? Of course, it’s not every murder. It’s not even all attacks on Muslim people.
The left did not object to the deaths of half a million Muslims in Syria and refused to support any action against Assad, when he was bombing hospitals and levelling cities. The left is not moved by the incarceration of a million Muslim Uyghurs in China, while their mosques are destroyed and their children brainwashed. The plight of the Muslims in Chechnya, obliterated by Putin, generated no protests. We can but wonder why the fate of Gaza is different.
It is tragic how the left ignores its working class origins. Trade Unions, forsake the less glamorous struggle for workers’ rights, and instead organise petitions demanding that Israel surrender to terror. A once noble movement is now in thrall to those extremists who previously were consigned to the fringes. This new left forms an alliance with radical Islam, but given the values that this partnership espouses, it is clear who is the horse and who is the rider.
Maybe, out of the ashes of this conflict will arise a new social democratic movement, returning to its original roots and its true values. Because otherwise, while the Left is speaking for Hamas and its atrocities, who will speak for the voiceless?