What’s Left? The Commentariat.

Martin Kettle writes about What’s Left? in his column in today’s Guardian. He’s first writer I’ve seen to point out a major theme of the book: what does the left middle class do when it has won all it can reasonably expect to win? Give up on democracy? Retreat into satire and self-satisfaction? In answer to his point about not being able to define the left, I would say that it is indefinable precisely because there is no longer a clear programme .
I’m not sure Martin gets it about Iraq. My point is simply that the inability to oppose America while supporting those Iraqis who shared leftish values when they were being pummelled by the forces of the far Right revealed a bottomless vacuity.
Anyway, read what he has to say for yourself.