Friday, September 25, 2009


Why Hang On to the Premiership Gordon?

It often seems quixotic to me that politicians queue up to be prime minister. All the insoluble problems end up on your desk, you work 18 hours a day and still you make negilible progress. Take Gordon for example. He hopes to relieve the pressure of a 17point poll deficit as conference looms by seeking to star in New York.

But while his UN speech goes down OK, back home it's the fact that Obama ignored five entreaties from Number 10 for some face time which grabs the attention. And all the time he's there, Baroness Scotland, his Attorney General, is twisting in the wind of her mistaken employment an illegal immigrant. And the political arithmetic is encouraging his erstwhile backbench supporters to turn their minds again to their majorities and the next election, sitting ominously on the horizon.

After Martin Kettle's recent article predicting a plot likely to reach its culmination in 12th October, comes Seamus Milne suggesting similar things. He quotes a 'senior minister' on Labour's unpopularity:

"A third is about the government's old age, a third is about Gordon, and a third is because the Tories appear smiley and electable. But the electorate hasn't yet clocked the price they will pay for voting Conservative and the colossal loss it would mean in terms of what they take for granted in public services and their daily lives."

On Wednesday Charles Clarke, someone Brown should have kept inside the tent, delivered another withering attack on his leader, concluding he ought to step aside now while his dignity is still a fact. 'Most people think a new leader would be worth 5%' according to a Cabinet member, writes Milne, 'which would take us into hung parliament territory.' But there is no guarantee this premium would materialise, nor is there the necessary condition: a 'frontrunner'. But Milne suggests one might think of stepping forward, given that the likes of Miliband and Johnson would stand more of a chance before an election rather than after.

I agree with Milne that Labour MPs should look to themselves as well as Brown for blame for their plight. But I'm doubtful he is right over the alleged coup being plotted. Each time one wobbles down the runway and fails to take off, MPs have said, 'well, he's got to improve his game or next time he's history'. With only seven months to go there is no time left for a next time.

In the end the people who are better off in life will vote for who they believe can keep them happy, people who are struggling and that includes myself will vote to change.

I've been in labour from 1963 I left in 2005 after labour brought out the welfare reforms workfare.

My life is not good, I live hand to mouth and boy it's getting harder each month our money goes less and less.

I think it does not really matter what labour or brown says it will be how people see themselves and how life looks which will vote Labour in our out. I could never vote Tory, but boy I can sit at home and vote for nobody, last year labour stated I'd be letting in the BNP well that might be so, I cannot help that.
Has Gordon extended Downing Street and moved up ten houses? Or is this just an excitable slip of the digit?
"But the electorate hasn't yet clocked the price they will pay for voting Conservative and the colossal loss it would mean in terms of what they take for granted in public services and their daily lives."

I think a large part of Labour's problem is that the public are fully seized of the colossal loss in question - but expect things to be as bad or even worse under Labour, so they have nothing to lose.

As for why hang on to the premiership - maybe he has a Micawberish belief that something will turn up? He's wanted this job for 40 years, I doubt he will give it up unless he absolutely cannot see any other course to take.
You are dead right I fear.
Hi Bill.

Sorry to go off-topic but did you get my e-mail earlier this week?

No, nothing arrived in my inbox from you. Send it again? Bill
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