Gordon Stops The Political Week
Under Tony Blair Labour dramatically changed the way
The next opinion polls
It's shouldn't be too long before we get some more opinion polls. They will measure the impact of recent events. My prediction is that Brown's lead will widen a little. The narrowing we saw in the most recent polls followed David Cameron's successful August fightback. At that time we'd dominated the political stage in the same way a party does during the week of its Party Conference.
Is this the end for the Lib Dems?
Over the past year they have been guilty of political stupidity of epic proportions. The new 'stupid party' is heading for oblivion.
Exclusive: Boris, if successful, plans to crown Lurline Champagnie as Deputy Mayor
The formidable Lurline Champagnie is set to become Boris Johnson's Deputy if he, as expected, wins the primary. This is a very smart move indeed. It would kill off Labour's disgraceful suggestion that he is a racist (Boris is many things, but a racist he is not). Lurline, famous for turning up at a Conservative conference under Margaret Thatcher's premiership and declaring, 'I'm black! British! Conservative! And proud of all three!'
Too late to call, not that he ever intended to…
I remember blogging that Brown had no intention of calling an election this year. He allowed the speculation to continue anyway, thereby turning the heat up on the Conservatives. Instead of calling Brown’s bluff, the Conservative leadership panicked. Policies were spun out one after the other in what was widely interpreted as a shift back to comfort zone issues.
Tory green tax ideas; Barmy
Saw these today, blimey what a mixture of ill-thought out and regressive ideas these are.
It's not often we see a political contender making a strong case for or against anything. It's too controversial, too divisive you see. That is why it is so refreshing to see and hear someone with vision, principle and the intelligence to apply those things to politics.
Are imperial measurements really common sense?
There’s been much triumphant talk about a victory for common sense over the EU’s decision to allow the
The LibDems spoilt their summer of silence with a brief period of media activity when Gordon Brown replied to a letter written by Sir Ming demanding the withdrawl of troops from
Why Ming is quackers about the EU referendum
Why am I mentioning all this on a blog post about the EU referendum? Well, because those classic Bugs-Daffy-Fudd cartoons remind me a lot of the level of debate surrounding the EU. Elmer is the voter, Bugs is the Eurosceptics and Daffy is the Europhiles. Depressingly, Bugs always gets the better of Daffy. Daffy meanwhile never seems to realise he’s onto a loser playing Bugs’ game and never changes tac (except for when he tries to be clever and ends up being hoist on his own petard). All too often, the debate degenerates into the equivalent of “Rabbit season! Duck season! Rabbit season! Duck season!” At no point does Daffy sit Elmer (who is a vegetarian for God’s sake!) down and attempt to reason with him. No wonder the voter often ends up losing his rag and gunning for both sides of the debate.
Aux Armes Citoyens
I have had a number of comments relating to my post on the letter to the Prefect of the South West which have lead me to conclude that there is now the need for a Libertarian Party in England, I say England because Wales and Scotland have a different political culture which is more collectivist, and fair play to them they have one the argument over Home Rule. They have their Assemblies and Parliaments.
If Gordon Brown's constitutional reforms ignore the potential for a hung parliament at the next election, he is burying his head in the sand.
Banking on self interest
One of the key dividing lines between the left and the right used to be, when we had such things, the idea that people act in their own interests. The right assumed that perhaps they could be persuaded to group those interests for family or even town / village, but you shouldn't push your luck. The left saw this as cynical and believed in a more optimistic view of human nature (remember 1997 - things can only get better?)