Another NDP loss, and another chorus of whines about how that loss is the fault of every living person except the NDP themselves.
- “Only 44% of the people of this province voted. What the hell is wrong with you people. Its not only your right but your duty and responsibility to vote. It s our only real opportunity to have a say. I am so disgusted with that number.”
- “It could also be incumbent government propaganda and collaboration with corporate media combined with idealistic unwitting Green party pawn candidates to steer the electorate just enough to re-elect the Thieves, Cons and Liars.”
That’s right – it all comes down to lazy voters; corporate media, and the Greens “stealing” NDP votes.
I’m going to go out on a limb and blame a new culprit; The New Democratic Party of BC.
1) The NDP has no platform, no soul, and really no reason for being any more. They don’t like Unions any longer, or at least Union money. They spend far too much time hanging out with Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade. The environment? The Greens do it better. Poverty? The Greens do it better. Having photos taken with union leaders and activists? Hmmm… don’t see much of that.
Next time you meet a card carrying NDPer, ask him or her to tell you exactly what the party stands for. What are the things that are so important that they are untouchable.
They’ll stammer a lot, and eventually come back to “We’re not the Liberals.” What they won’t be able to do is express anything like a coherent philosophy.
The Liberals don’t have that problem. They exist to further unfettered capitalism, to make rich people richer, and to reduce government to as little as possible. They know it, business knows it, and the message is an easy sell.
Until the NDP manages to actually have an ideology, they will continue to lose. You can’t sell “We’re mainly not the same as those guys.”
2) The NDP lives in a My Little Pony environment. Obvious to everyone except the NDP was the inevitability of Liberal attack ads, their willingness to lie and deceive to reach their ends, and the role of the big media in undermining and attacking the NDP during the last weeks of the campaign.
These things work, and will continue to work. Playing Mr Nice Guy against the Liberals will be exactly as effective as it was against that third grade bully at school. Unless the NDP is prepared to fight back, and hard, against all of this, they don’t stand a chance.
The problem is that the NDP believes that they deserve to win because they’re not as nasty as the opposition. Like it or not, that means that they’ll lose.
3) The NDP believes that Greens “steal” votes from them. In the first place, the Greens takes votes from both major parties, more or less evenly. In the second place, if the NDP had as good an environmental policy as the Greens, lots of those votes might come over.
How’s this for an analysis: Lots of voters are moving to the Greens because they’re unsatisfied with the NDP.
4) The NDP believes that they lost because lazy voters didn’t vote. Guess what NDP: those people aren’t voting because you’re not giving them a reason to do so.
Let me repeat that, in BIG RED LETTERS:
Those people aren’t voting because
you’re not giving them a reason to do so.
One heck of a lot of people fully understand the Liberal party and what they represent, and would never vote for them. They might vote NDP, except that it’s pretty much impossible to see how they’re different from the Liberals.
Adrian: You cannot spend half of the campaign sucking up to Big Business, and then have us believe that you’re not the same as the Liberals. If photo-ops with corporate leaders outnumber ones with Union leaders, you’ve blown it.
If the NDP hope to ever form another government in BC they have to actually become a party that stands for something.
Since the Liberals and Conservatives pretty much have a lock on the right wing of the spectrum, the NDP will need to – oh heresy! – learn once again how to be Left Wing. Maybe even Socialist.
They’ll need to give up on trying be the slightly more progressive Free Enterprise party, and return to their roots, embracing poor people, working people, unionised people, activists, environmentalists - all of the groups that seem to be seen as an embarrassment instead of the grass roots of the party.
Addendum: Seems the folks at rabble.ca see things the same way that I do.