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I'm sure this column will be seen as hugely ill-advised. Simon Danczuk puts the boot into the 'hard left' of the Labour Party in pretty incendiary terms. The ongoing story about union involvement in selection processes and his recent national telly spat with Owen Jones providing the motivation. A Labour MP attacking elements in the Labour Party from a column in the Telegrap (no comments allowed either).

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10167562/Simon-Danczuk-MP-Labours-militant-left-no-better-than-BNP.html

Simon Danczuk MP: 'Labour's militant left no better than BNP'

The militant left of the Labour Party threaten social cohesion, espouse the politics of the madhouse and are no better than the BNP, writes Simon Danczuk MP.

It’s not just David Cameron that has problems with swivel-eyed loons. Unfortunately, they’re in every political party and there's no point suggesting otherwise.

Ed Miliband has made it very clear that he’s placing our party firmly in the centre ground, but there’s a growing number of militant malcontents busting a gut to pull him towards a no-man's land on the far left.

The fallout from the Falkirk imbroglio has brought many things out into the open. And attempts by people on the hard left to explain it away just won’t wash.

Some young lefties say the Falkirk stitch up was necessary to get more working class MPs into the party.

This is nonsense. What they really mean is getting into politics people with the same views as them.

This is not about class or making parliament more representative. It’s not about diversity or reaching out to all communities across Britain. I had my own run ins with Unite when I stood to become Labour MP in Rochdale.

This machine politics cannot carry on. It’s easy to wax lyrical about a model representative democracy.

But the uncomfortable truth we must confront here is that this is about signing up followers of a narrow dogma to collectively push Labour into an unelectable militant position.

When Len McCluskey talks about Alan Johnson, a former postman who rose from the working classes to become Home Secretary, as a “backward-looking” Blairite zombie then the game’s up.

It really is time to put the class card away and be honest about the type of politics that’s being advanced here.

Their views are certainly grounded in the politics of envy, firmly opposed to wealth creation, with nothing to say about how to get the private sector growing and fuelled by the belief that 1970s style big government is the answer to everything.

Never mind that by the time 1976 came round even Labour Prime Minister Jim Callaghan admitted that simply relying on more debt as an answer to economic woes would only inject more inflation into the economy and “a higher level of unemployment as the next step”.

If you disagree with these people you’re immediately labeled a “Tory”, or worse still, a “Blairite”. Blinded by dogma, there’s no reasoning with these people.

But Labour is under no illusion of the road that these dinosaurs would commit Britain to.

If the day comes – and it's not far off if we don't act now - when the Left views wealth creators as pariahs and is more concerned about campaigning to keep Bruce Forsyth’s winter fuel allowance than supporting small businesses battling for survival then we’re in big trouble.

YouGov President Peter Kellner said last week that Labour has “entered the danger zone”. The time has definitely come to wake up and realise the danger that the hard Left poses. You cannot win a General Election without economic credibility.

And as long as we allow the siren voices of the futile left to continue to beat a loud drum for a state run economy then the public will smell the whiff of bankruptcy and diminishing prosperity.

One of the tweets I received last week said simply: ‘No to aspiration, yes to nationalisation’.

This is the politics of the madhouse and should be viewed in the same way as we view the views of the BNP. The hard right threatens social cohesion and sows ugly seeds of division.

The politics of the hard Left does much of the same - while threatening to make sure Britain’s race to stay competitive in a global economy is over.

Does the Labour Party -incredibly- have the power to throw away a near certainty of election victory in 2015 by turning in on itself?

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I can't see why any party would want victory in 2015, surely all the bad stuff is going to land on them and they'll be out of office for generations?

Well, that's a good point. But politicians don't think like that really.

Here's the latest polling average:

Con 30

Lab 38

LD 10

UKIP 15

Green 3

http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/uk-polling-report-average-2

That translates to a Labour majority of around 90, easily sufficient to ride out pretty significant rebellions. It remains to be seen what impact, if any, Labour's current problems will have on their poll rating.

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