There came a point in 2015 when all this became too much although really I think I remained whilst the environment shifted. I took the time to put together a blog post on my old blog at Lansbury's Lido explaining why I felt disconnected from the left, or what the left had become.
Now a couple of years later it's good to post it for posterity because what I felt back then remains except much more so. We have seen the rise of several peculiar movements which has seen society dismiss fact and embrace feeling. In doing so of course it's become a more difficult environment for the Christian. But we should expect that. After all....
 “If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me before it hated you.  If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it, the world hates you.  Remember the word I spoke to you: ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will also keep yours.  But they will do all these things to you on account of My name, because they don't know the One who sent Me.  If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin., Now they have no excuse for their sin.  The one who hates Me also hates My Father.  If I had not done the works among them that no one else has done, they would not have sin. Now they have seen and hated both Me and My Father.  But this happened so that the statement written in their scripture might be fulfilled: They hated Me for no reason.
In other lands Christians are hated unto death and even in the West we are being marginalised and denied our ability to earn a living purely because of what we believe. It won't get better but we must remain joyful in the hope to which we've been called.
Anyway, here's the post from June 2015.
As the title says.
This will be my last post at Lansbury's Lido. I've finally decided to retire this blog to the heavenly archive or maybe I'll consign it to the fiery furnace leaving nowt but a shadow on the wayback machine.
It's been a good ride over the years, sharing my lefty thoughts on politics and current events, sharing posts and discussions, meeting some great comrades, and also some not so great, hoping for a great socialist future where peace and harmony reigns supreme!
Alas the wheels came off the bus as they say. Was it my expectations or viewing the possible futures through rose-tinted spectacles of memories past?
My Left was a Left of Keir Hardie, of George Lansbury, of Attlee and Bevan and the NHS, Of Eric Heffer and Tom Mann. A left of strong union leaders working with comrades to realise Clause 4! A Left where those whose labour and brain created the wealth got to share in and control the wealth. A Left open to all, from the hoary handed worker in the field to the academic in the ivory tower.
It gone. All gone.
The elites in the main political left parties have suited and booted and embraced the creed of the Tories whilst deceitfully leaving the Red Flag flying. Those to the left outside of Parliament have dissolved into internecine disputes of funds and rape. The young have become intolerant caricatures, rallying to the latest sexy trend on Twitter and Facebook and forgetting those, the majority who they should be supporting and fighting for.
Those parties now seen as the hope for the Left are nothing but semi-fascist and engrossed in issues of singular importance to the minority.
¡No pasarán! was the cry to the capitalist behemoth. They shall not pass!
But whilst the Left scoured social media for another 'phobia' they could decry and hang their vendetta masks on the Tories and the economic elite built a bypass. The Left gesticulated from the crumbling B road as private capital roared past on the smooth undulating toll roads.
Modernity has been consumed by a fascist, intolerant liberalism and then vomited up as a postmodern pavement pizza. Facts have been swept under the carpet and tagged as bigotry. This is the Left now. Idiotic, childish and screwed up.
A man puts on lipstick, a dress and high heels and demands to be allowed into the women's changing room at Next. When he's not allowed he screams something ending in '-phobic' and the Left condemns the 'bigots' for not being accepting him as a woman.
Another person decides it's fabulous to suggest that #killallwhitemen is a grand thing to post on a Tweet for a business account and gets the hump when they're called out for it.
A good point to post my favourite graphic methinks.
Homoexuals in Iran swing from cranes at the behest of Shia clerics for the delight of the crowd. In Mosul homosexuals are thrown from buildings by Islamists of Daesh and stoned by the crowd if they have the temerity to survive the drop. In Britain Christians are dragged through the legal system for the heinous crime of wearing a cross or not wanting to bake a cake. And for the left we know which of these events generates the shrillest condemnation and thirst for vengeance.
After venting my spleen in this post I realise that my 'Left' hasn't changed. It's died a whimpering death and the title has been stolen by the fascist liberals. Dreams of economic control by the workers are no more.
It was good whilst it lasted.