Category: neoliberalism

10 reasons the Westminster establishment club are way more of a cult than Jeremy Corbyn supporters

One of the most commonly occurring mainstream media propaganda tropes when it comes to people who support Jeremy Corbyn is that they’re a “cult”.

Mainstream media outlets that have regularly resorted to this “cult” smear include the Daily Mail, Telegraph, Times, Sky, S*n, Guardian, Spectator, Bloomberg, LBC, Mirror, Express, Financial Times, Independent, City AM, and the supposedly ‘impartial’ BBC.

Other less mainstream outfits that have resorted to the “cult” smear include the vile Guido Fawkes hate chamber, the excruciable New European ‘centrist’ rag, and the Politics Home blog.

One of the oddest things about this “cult of Corbyn” label is the fact that most of the establishment politicians and journalists using it remain blissfully unaware of the fact that they’re the cheerleaders for a much more obvious cult: the cult of orthodox neoliberalism that has infected the Westminster establishment class for four ruinous decades.

There are many reasons that the professional political pundit class refuse to admit that they’re the paid cheerleaders for a dangerous and increasingly unpopular cult. Here are just a few of them.


Brainwashed people always refuse to accept that they’re the victims of brainwashing. Thus the politicians and mainstream media hacks who promote orthodox neoliberalism and viciously attack anything that threatens it will steadfastly refuse to accept that they’re part of an ideological cult.

If the majority of your peers and colleagues are also members of the ideological cult, it’s easily possible to imagine that you and your friends are the normal ones, while it’s those on the outside have been infected with some kind of ideological degeneracy.

The tendency to deny one’s own cultish behaviour because it’s completely normal within the cult is clear evidence of cultism.

Ideological pillars

The reason that establishment elitists so often take the position that “the stupid plebs are wrong again” is that they simply won’t accept anything that goes against the core pillars of their cult-like faith in neoliberal economic dogma.

Even when two of the pillars were completely destroyed in front of their eyes, the neoliberal cultists somehow managed to keep their unshakeable faith in them.

In 2007-08 the UK financial sector collapsed into insolvency as a result of their reckless unregulated gambling on complex financial products they clearly didn’t even understand.

The only way the government could save the bankers’ from the consequences of their own actions was to initiate the biggest state intervention in the history of the British economy.

Thus two pillars of orthodox neoliberalism were reduced to rubble in front of the nation’s eyes. The belief that deregulated markets regulate themselves rather than collapsing into insolvency, and the belief that state intervention is bad.

But somehow the neoliberal cultists in the Westminster establishment simply blocked out the undeniable evidence that the pillars of their faith had broken, to continue pushing the same pro-deregulation small-state fanaticism that everyone can see is flawed.

The tendency to perform absurd mental gymnastics to maintain faith the face of demonstrable evidence that it’s wrong is evidence of cultism.

Reassuring mantras

To neoliberal cultists mantras like “private sector good, public sector bad”“more deregulation”“more privatisation”“tax cuts for the rich, welfare cuts for the poor”“more outsourcing” seem like perfect common sense, because it’s pretty much all they ever hear within their bubble of privilege.

To many on the outside these ridiculous incantations sound like the gibberish of brainwashed fools. But the neoliberal cultists will never accept that they’re wrong because their belief in all of this nonsense is continually reaffirmed by others within the echo chambers of privilege they occupy.

The tendency to resort to ridiculous incantations of faith that sound like gibberish to normal people is evidence of cultism.


To outside observers it’s remarkably obvious that Westminster is utterly obsessed with the cult of neoliberalism.

Until Jeremy Corbyn came along all three of the Westminster establishment parties offered the public only slightly differing concoctions of the same nauseating gruel of pro-austerity orthodox neoliberalism.

The polls are absolutely clear that there is massive public support for ideas that go against the neoliberal orthodoxy: Renationalisation of the railways. Higher taxes for the rich. Better pay and working conditions for ordinary workers. Increased funding for the NHS. Investment in social housing …

However it’s much easier for the cult members to believe that “the stupid plebs are wrong again” than to actually question the core tenets of their economic ideology.

Thus if the public believe that rail privatisation is a shambles, it’s not because they can see the evidence of their eyes that it is, it’s because they’re too stupid to know that it’s against the rules of the cult to ever question the wisdom of privatisation.

If the public ask why the Tory government imposed ideological austerity on the poor and ordinary whilst showering corporations and the mega-rich with handouts and tax cuts, it’s not that they’re right to be complaining about the transparent unfairness, it’s because they’re too stupid to know that it’s against the rules of the cult to ever question the upwards redistribution of wealth.

If the public ask why the Tory government kept showering the borderline insolvent company Carillion with contracts, it’s not that they’re right to be asking about such idiocy, it’s because they’re too stupid to know that it’s against the rules of the cult to ever question the wisdom of corporate outsourcing.

The tendency to treat outsiders and non-conformists as dangerously stupid people who are best ignored is a classic sign of cultism.


Members of cults tend to see themselves as the elite, the enlightened few, the chosen.

If you’re incapable of seeing how elitism, arrogance, and aloofness are absolutely commonplace within the Westminster establishment, there’s really no helping you is there?

The Westminster political establishment behave like an elitist mafia, constantly closing ranks to protect their own from the criticism of outsiders.

And the mainstream media more often behave as their official scribes, mindlessly churnalising government press releases and propaganda narratives from within the Westminster establishment bubble, rather than acting like people charged with actually holding the wealthy political elitists to account.

The tendency to consider cult members as the enlightened few is a classic sign of cultism.

Select texts

One of the most telling signs of cultism is the way adherents of the cult are encouraged to only read certain texts that are approved by the cult leadership.

Orthodox neoliberal politicians continually share links to mainstream media sites, and even to vile right-wing hate chambers like the Guido Fawkes blog because these are the cult’s approved sources.

And they’re also desperate to smear independent media sites (like Another Angry Voice, Novara Media, Evolve Politics, The Canary, Skwawkbox, Double Down News, Tom Pride, Vox Political) as unreliable “fake news” to be ridiculed and ignored.

Of course Independent media sites are not infallible, but anyone trying to make out that independent sites like Another Angry Voice and Evolve Politics are somehow worse than the Daily Mail propaganda outfit or the grotesque Guido Fawkes hate mob is clearly pushing an ideological vendetta.

The tendency to revere select texts and writers as the only reliable sources, and to deride the entire output of other writers and sources as unworthy of attention is definitely cult-like behaviour.

No accountability

Another sign of cultism is that the leadership are simply not held accountable for their errors.

Just think of the enraged right-wing Labour MP Ian Austin furiously haranguing Jeremy Corbyn in parliament as he was apologising for Labour’s role in the Iraq war in light of the damning Chilcot Report.

As far as cult members are concerned, it doesn’t matter how much evidence they’re shown that their beloved leaders deceived them, tricked them, lied to them, led them into disaster … they’ll never accept it, and they’ll turn their fury on those who dare to criticise their idols, or hold them to account.

If anyone suggests Tony Blair should be held to account for war crimes in Iraq, or that David Cameron should be held accountable for driving the UK off a Brexit cliff just to nab a few votes off UKIP at the 2015 General Election, then cult members react with absolute fury.

The tendency to relentlessly attack those who attempt to hold the cult leaders to account is a definite sign of cultism.


Now that the cult of orthodox neoliberalism is so firmly embedded within the power structures of the establishment, any politician who comes out fighting against the core tenets of the cult is obviously going to be treated like a heretic and a pariah.

And this is exactly what has happened to Jeremy Corbyn for proposing stuff like public ownership, free education from cradle to grave, ending the reliance on dodgy one-sided outsourcing contracts, a national investment bank, a real crackdown on tax-dodging, improved pay and working conditions, increased funding for the NHS and emergency services, investment in social housing, and a proper planned industrial strategy rather than the ruinous “leave it to the markets” chaos of the neoliberal cultists.

The three year long campaign of hate from pretty much the entire Westminster establishment class (including dozens of members of his own political party) and the mainstream media is firm evidence that in the eyes of the cultists Jeremy Corbyn is a heretic who needs to be eliminated for his refusal to comply with the strictures of the cult of orthodox neoliberalism.

The ostracisation of heretics is one of the most obvious indicators of cultism it’s possible to witness.

Personal benefits

Every politician and almost every mainstream media hack has done very nicely indeed out of the neoliberal orthodoxy. Most of them earn lavish salaries that ordinary people could never dream of. Most of them own property in London and the south, meaning they’re also beneficiaries of neoliberal house price inflation. None of them have suffered the absolute destitution of benefits sanctions or the humiliation of the Tory witch hunt against sick and disabled people. Most of them have plenty of insider contacts with other other orthodox neoliberals, meaning they’ve got their foot in the door for lucrative consultancy contracts or speaking gigs as long as they always continue to toe the neoliberal line.

They can’t be unaware of the downside of neoliberalism for millions upon millions of ordinary people. The soaring rates of child poverty. Millions of people trapped in unstable low-pay jobs on Zero Hours Contracts and in the fake self-employment gig economy. The longest sustained decline in workers’ wages in history. Massive NHS waiting lists. An estimated austerity death toll of 120,000 people. Students being loaded up with crippling debts they’ve got no chance of ever clearing despite a lifetime of loan repayments. The systematic abuse of sick and disabled people. Soaring violent crime as a result of Tory police cuts …

They just choose not to focus on these things because they know that they’ve personally done very nicely out of orthodox neoliberalism so far, and that highlighting the failings of the cult is really obviously against their own personal self interest.

A system of rewards for loyalty to the cult is as essential as a system of punishment for those who dare to question it.

The golden hammer

One of the most obvious signs of cultism is the belief that the same cultish behaviour is the solution to all manner of problems.

  • The crops have failed –  more sacrifices to the Gods
  • There’s a drought –  more sacrifices to the Gods
  • The people are dying of disease –  more sacrifices to the Gods
  • There’s a plague of locusts – more sacrifices to the Gods
  • there are heathens at the gates of the village –  more sacrifices to the Gods
  • There’s flooding  –  more sacrifices to the Gods

This is exactly the same way the cult of neoliberalism works. Whatever the crisis, the solutions always remain the same: More privatisation, more outsourcing, more deregulation, more tax cuts for the rich, more welfare cuts for the poor, more centralisation of political power, more attacks on workers’ rights …

Thus the Tory solution to the bankers’ insolvency crisis (which was caused by neoliberal cultism) was yet more hard-right neoliberal economic dogma crudely repackaged as austerity.

When neoliberal austerity dogma resulted in falling real terms wages, collapsing public services, a huge NHS crisis, flatlining productivity … the Tory solution was yet more neoliberalism in the form of a hard-right Brexit shambles aimed at stripping away our EU derived workers’ rights, consumer protections, environmental laws, equality legislation, and food standards.

When the Tory Brexit shambles results in another massive economic crisis, no doubt their solution will be yet more neoliberalism in the form of wage repression, privatisation, deregulation, tax cuts for corporations and the mega-rich, public service cuts …

When all you’ve got is a hammer, then every single problem begins to look like a nail.

This insistence upon using the same cultish solutions to all manner of problems (many of which were caused by adherence to the cultish way of doing things in the first place) is absolutely clear evidence of cultism.


Adherents of orthodox neoliberalism will react with fury to the argument that they’re actually the ones who are stuck in a cult. They’ll turn to their other cult members in horror and furiously decry the outsiders for daring to point out all of their cult-like behaviour.

We’re ‘centrists’ they’ll plead. We’re ‘moderates’. What we believe in is ‘common sense’.

But for all of their protestations they can’t answer one simple thing.

If they’re so right, and Jeremy Corbyn is so wrong that they’ve spent three years trying so hard to destroy him, why are the neoliberal establishment club so unpopular that their attacks on Corbyn actually end up ringing out as endorsements in the minds of people who refuse to subjugate themselves to the bankrupt ideological dogma of orthodox neoliberalism?

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Why are the mainstream media ignoring the brazen extreme-right takeover of the Tory party?

After Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party in 2015 the party membership swelled with hundreds of thousands of new members, mainly traditional Labour folk enthused by the party’s first democratic socialist leader in decades.

The mainstream media were horrified by this surge of support for a guy who threatens the hard-right neoliberal orthodoxy that has served people like them so well for the last four decades, at the expense of millions of the rest of us, so the attacks on these new Labour Party members have been pretty much constant ever since.

The Labour membership surge

Ever since the Labour membership surge mainstream media hacks and opponents of democratic socialism have worked tirelessly to discredit it.

Aside from all of the abuse (“trots”, “dogs”, “rabble”, “thugs”, “Nazi stormtroopers”) two themes have constantly stood out, the idea that left-wing people joining Labour are “entryists”, and that Corbyn supporters are a “cult”.

Anyone who is familiar with the history of the Labour Party would surely put up a counter-argument that the likes of centre-right pro-privatisation Thatcherites like Tony Blair, Peter Mandelson, John McTernan, Margaret Hodge, and Alistair Campbell were the “entryists” who took over the party, and that the post-Corbyn membership surge is the mass home-coming of those who were driven away from the party by the right-wing pro-privatisation pro-austerity Tory lite agenda between 1997 and 2015.

But still the mainstream media persists in portraying the hundreds of thousands who joined Labour since 2015 as “entryists” and “cultists” rather than just ordinary people enthused by an actual alternative to the hard-right Thatcherite consensus of the last four decades.

Ukipification of the Tories

Ever since the 2016 EU referendum it’s become increasingly obvious that the Tory party is being usurped by the small hard-right anti-EU faction (the crackpot element John Major used to refer to as “the bastards”).

Theresa May called her vanity election in 2017 because she believed that having unified the traditional Tory vote with the extreme-right ultranationalist Blue-kip demographic, a landslide majority would be inevitable. But she didn’t count on Jeremy Corbyn or the energised Labour membership orchestrating the biggest turnaround in British politics since universal suffrage.

Since the 2017 general election we’ve all seen how Theresa May dances to the tune of the ERG Brextremists, knowing that Jacob Rees-Mogg and his ERG mob easily have the parliamentary numbers to trigger a leadership election if she refuses to obey their instructions.

And now we’ve even got the spectacle of Nigel Farage’s extreme-right anti-immigrant Leave.EU campaign openly bragging that they’ve infiltrated the Tory party membership with 10,000 Brextremists in order to ensure that the next leader of the Tory party is a hard-right Brexiteer.

They’re so confident of their success that they’ve actually announced what they’re up to on Twitter!

The mainstream media silence on this ongoing Brextremist takeover of the Tory party is staggering given the absolute brazenness of it, and the enormous fuss they made over the Labour membership surge.

The Orwellian state of the British media

On the one hand you have hundreds of thousands of left-leaning people finally coming home to the Labour Party after years in exile due to the right-wing pro-privatisation, pro-austerity gruel being offered by the orthodox neoliberal leadership.

And on the other hand you’ve got an extreme-right Brexit campaign group openly and publicly bragging about the way they’ve infiltrated the Tory party in order to interfere in the party’s leadership election.

But somehow the former is the grave concern worthy of hundreds of columns and TV segments ranging from patronising faux outrage to outright abuse of ordinary people, and the latter barely gets a single mention.

If anyone in British politics is an “entryist” surely it’s got to be a follower of Nigel Farage and Arron Banks tearing up their UKIP membership in order to join the Tory party and influence the next leadership election in favour of the most extreme Brexiteer in the running?

If anyone in British politics is a “cultist” surely it’s people who continue to glibly dismiss every single piece of evidence that a “no deal” flounce out of the EU would be a social and economic catastrophe as “Project Fear”.

Yet somehow left-wing Labour supporters are still continually derided as “entryists” and “cultists” by the mainstream media, while the Brexit cultists who are openly and brazenly usurping the Tory party in front of our eyes are just left in peace to get on with it!

The only conclusion that can be drawn out of this extraordinary contrast in mainstream media coverage is that the vast majority of the coddled mainstream media class are way more comfortable with extreme-right, anti-immigrant, Brextremists brazenly taking over the ruling Tory party in front of our eyes than they are with the Labour opposition returning to its democratic socialist roots!

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Neoliberalism is to blame for the state of modern Britain

How did Britain come to be in such a mess?

It should be clear to anyone that the looming threat of a catastrophic “no deal” Tory strop out of the European Union didn’t just happen in isolation, and that there are numerous factors at play.

Probably the biggest factor of all is the Westminster political establishment’s ideological obsession with hard-right neoliberal dogma.

Ever since 1979 neoliberalism has ruled the roost in Westminster. The only period in the last four decades where it’s not been Tories pushing hard-right, pro-privatisation, anti-worker, social housing wrecking, bank deregulating neoliberal dogma was 1997-2010 when Tony Blair and Gordon Brown pushed the same ideological madness, but with doses of welfare economics and public service investment to soften the consequences of their adherence to Thatcherite economic dogma.

While policies like tax credits, the minimum wage, and investment in the NHS were admittedly far better than anything you’d expect from a Tory government, New Labour’s refusal to reverse the worst aspects of neoliberal dogma meant they were absolutely complicit in the ensuing disaster, which came about when the private banks collapsed under the weight of their gambling debts in the 2007-08 financial sector insolvency crisis (you know, the crisis we still haven’t recovered from).

Instead of allowing the reckless and insolvent banks to go under and be replaced in the marketplace by less reckless institutions (as neoliberal economic theory suggests), the British state decided to institute the biggest state bailout in history.

In an unprecedented display of crony capitalism the government pumped £hundreds of billions into the financial sector directly while the Bank of England began magicking money out of nowhere via quantitative easing in order to artificially prop up the value of assets held mainly by the mega-rich.

These massive state interventions to save the neoliberalised financial sector from the consequences of their own reckless gambling should obviously have sounded the death knell for hard-right anti-state neoliberalism.

If you’ve spent the previous three decades pushing the lie that state intervention is bad, then you couldn’t get a more obvious invalidation of your agenda than an unprecedented state intervention to save the economy from the consequences of your ideological experiment.

However, when the Lib-Dems enabled the Tories back into power in 2010 the Coalition government immediately set about implementing an audacious strategy of prescribing the cause of the financial sector crisis as their so-called solution to the crisis.

So instead of a much needed rebalancing of the economy away from hard-right neoliberal dogma, the Tories actually doubled down on neoliberalism with their ideologically driven austerity agenda.

The results of this double-down on neoliberalism strategy were appalling: The slowest post-crisis recovery in Centuries. The longest sustained collapse in the real value of workers wages since records began. Savage local government cuts. The lowest levels of new house building since the 1920s. Home ownership rendered an impossible dream for millions as the private rental slumlords cashed in through the exploitation of people with nowhere else to turn. The NHS is crisis. Social care in crisis. Police and emergency services cut to the bone. Public assets being flogged off at fractions of their true values. Soaring child poverty. Soaring in-work poverty. An exponential growth in food bank dependency. Millions trapped in low-pay insecure Zero Hours Contract and gig economy jobs.

Once again the Labour right-wingers were complicit in the ensuing disaster. Instead of standing up and opposing ruinous Tory austerity dogma with all their might, Labour right-wingers like Ed Balls and Chris Leslie actually decided to pathetically imitate it with “austerity lite” (a decision that cost them the 2015 General Election and led to the Brexit vote).

If Labour had opposed Tory austerity dogma, it’s likely they would have cruised into power in 2015 on a massive wave of public anger. But they refused to oppose it, and left the door open for hard-right opportunists to once again use the consequences of their own hard-right ideological fanaticism as a Trojan Horse to push even more of it.

The fact two of the Westminster establishment parties were pushing ruinous austerity dogma in government, while the third pathetically imitated it instead of opposing it left the door wide open for the right-wing fringe of the Tory party (and their Ukipper mates) to pin the blame the consequences of this devastating ideological attack on poor and ordinary people onto immigrants and the EU in order to whip up support for Brexit.

Had there been any opposition to Tory austerity dogma whatever, then it’s unlikely Brexit would ever have happened. Just look at Scotland where the SNP ran a strong anti-Tory, anti-austerity campaign in 2015, and how the Scottish public overwhelmingly rejected Brexit the following year.

Now that the UK is facing the ever-increasing likelihood of a ruinous “no deal” Tory flounce out of the EU (which would trigger an economic crisis even worse than the bankers’ insolvency crisis we still haven’t even recovered from), surely it’s time to accept that the four decade long Westminster fixation hard-right neoliberal dogma is the root cause of Britain’s problems, and that the only sensible solution is to actually fight back against it?

Of course the majority of the Westminster establishment, mainstream media, and corporate executive class will fight tooth and nail to defend the ideological orthodoxy that they’ve done very nicely out of indeed. They’ll fight back against a change of direction because they fear that undoing some of the damage to ensure that everyone in Britain gets a fair chance might mean that the privileged few lose out a bit.

And they’re right. The mega-rich should have to pay their fair share of tax rather than stashing their wealth in Panama or the Cayman Islands. Exploitative private sector slumlords should have their profiteering curtailed by decent living standards and rent controls. Greedy property speculators should lose out as the government launches a massive house building drive to ensure that everyone who works for a living can afford a decent home to live in. Private profiteers who have made untold fortunes siphoning wealth out of our public utilities should see their money tap turned off as vital public infrastructure and services are bought back under public ownership. And perhaps most importantly of all, those who have monopolised the top jobs in society thanks to their privileged backgrounds should face some real competition from people from ordinary backgrounds armed with an education that is provided free of charge under a new National Education System.

Of course it would be impossible to undo the damage caused by four decades of neoliberal economic dogma overnight (especially against a tidal wave of establishment hostility), but surely it’s time to reverse course rather than simply accepting the endless Westminster prescriptions of more of the exact same toxic dogma that caused the problem as the cure to the problem?

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