Friday, December 21, 2007
Tony King observes that whilst so many thought his Chancellorship was just brilliant, the magic has fled away now that he is PM. And it is the economy where future worries lie. A majority now favour the Conservatives as the party 'more likely to run Britain's economy well' and 60% are to some degree 'worried' about an economic recession. Poll figures also show that such worries are affecting consumer confidence regarding future spending, meaning that a recession is even more likely to come about.
On the police pay dispute King has this to say:
Ministers may wish to attribute the gathering economic gloom to the worldwide credit crunch but the Prime Minister and his Home Secretary cannot escape responsibility for what appears to have been a substantial political blunder: the decision to phase in over several months the English and Welsh police officer's pay award. In order to save money, the Government seems to have decided to put at risk any reputation it had for fair dealing.Given the high value most Britons place on fairness, that decision would appear to have been politically reckless.
Maybe the comment made by fellow blogger Paul Linford on my yesterday's post is closer to the truth: that Gordon has closer to six weeks than six months to turn things around and change the way his premiership is being perceived. If not then Labour has to prepare itself for a 'meltdown' of an election which might see it lose 100 seats.
I'm not a gambling man, but if I were I would offer you very good odds on Brown being in charge in a years time, and unbelievable odds of him being in charge in the Spring.
if you and Paul are gamblers and believe this nonsense, get down the bookies and you can have a damn good holiday on your winnings... or look a bit glum in the summer as the bookie pockets your money.
Happy New Year!
I just hope you are both right. but Gordon has managed to burden Labour with the label of 'incompetence' and experience suggests it takes a long time to remove such perceptions. Paul was saying he thought it was probably already in place- hence the short time scale. I'm just very pessimistic and disappointed by Brown's efforts so far- so much foot shooting...
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