Friday, 23 May 2008
The One That Thinks It Has Started Already. . .
OK, let's get this out of the way:
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! I find myself wondering why it is always poor old Harriet Harman that is wheeled out to face the music whenever Labour have a bad day. Ol' Gordie must really hate her. It was great watching her defend the indefensible on Al-Beeb's Breakfast show this morning, and with the same old mantra trotted out; 'pause for reflection (watch out for headline grabbing initiative tomorrow), listen to the public (translation: simpering smile like Blears whilst nodding, but inwardly fuming and wondering how we can bring in our next liberty infringement without anyone noticing), not indicative of a general election outcome, (they're right, it'd be much worse), it's the global economy, not Gordie's fault (wrong, we're all thoroughly sick of the sight of him).
Dunwoody's campaign was cynical and ill-advised. Why not run a campaign by saying 'vote for me and I'll do X,Y and Z', rather than 'don't vote for him, he's a toff.' What is it? 1973? And of course, most importantly, Gwynneth Dunwoody for her faults, wasn't afraid to speak out against the Supreme Soviet, you ask her daughter about an unpopular ZaNuLabour policy and the silence is deafening. Never mind, I'm sure she'll be parachuted into another 'safe' seat that she can lose at the next general election.
But it would seem the jostling for Gordie's position has begun already, although Lord knows why anyone would want it. It is akin to the Captain of the Titanic jumping overboard with a junior member of the ward room doing a little victory dance and shouting 'YES!' as he puts on the skipper's cap and realises he's in charge.
Buried away in the news today is an item detailing a fairly extra-ordinary attack on Jack 'Concerned Eyebrows' Straw from David 'Bumfluff moustache' Miliband. Apparently he's accused Jack Straw of being 'unchivalrous' and has called him 'pathetic' for taking Condee Rice's bed and making her sleep on the floor, no not at some horrible facsimilie of a teenage house party in Downing Street, but on a trip together. To be fair, that's probably no more than Rice deserves, but Straw could be accused of so much more than being 'unchivalrous'. Still, at leat Mili didn't accuse Straw of having tried to have drunken 'surprise sex' with Condee as she slumbered.
The interesting thing is, that with Gordie now dead and buried, and let's face it petrol could come down to 30p a litre and all could be sweetness and light, and he'd STILL lose the next election, these two have got to be amongst the favourites to take over. I bet the Tories are shitting themselves. Bloody hell, I bet the Loony party are rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of one of these two jokers taking over the big chair. This is a party in big, big trouble. There's no realistic successor, no hope of victory and no-one with any political aspiration would want the job. Unless of course we are looking at two individuals who are desperate to be PM, just so they can sit at a desk with a little name plate that says 'Prime Minister'.
Now we see Tony Blair's legacy, bugger minimum wage, Iraq, even the bloody Dome. His real legacy is that he took a party that was in the wilderness but with its integrity intact and sold the membership and the history of the party down the river just so he could be PM. Let's face it, Dennis Skinner could have been the leader in '97 and they'd still have won. The result? A party with no hard-core base that can be relied on to turn out, no leadership, hostile and unfair taxation, a bizarre view of a private sector run public sector and a mania for controlling every aspect of people's lives. Just as the Lib-Lab pact and the Thorpe affair signalled the end of the Liberal Party, Blair's hunger for power, attitude to his colleagues and disrespect of those principles he trampled has left the Labour party broken, irrelevant and despised. Is there a way back? I don't know, and don't care. My only hope is for a UK Libertarian Party candidate standing in Canterbury in the next election.