Attack Gordon Brown's record - not his personality
Earlier today George Osborne joked (in remarks that did not appear in the text issued to the press) that anyone would be as cynical about human nature as Gordon Brown if they had spent so long working with Ed Balls. He then went to make a joke about Alistair Darling's charisma. Later today, I understand, Chris Grayling - whose energy I admire - will call Gordon Brown a "liar".
Could this body cause Gord to delay an election?
What if a million people were unable to vote? One of the issues that is emerging about an early election is coming from the Association of Election Administrators - the body that represents those charged with running elections. Their chief executive, John Turner, has been popping up everywhere in the past twenty four hours making the same points - that because of the administrative arrangements it might be difficult staging a general election where those entitled to vote can vote.
Surge For The Hills!
So it was 1000 troops home by Christmas, not 2000 as leaked last night, but the effect is the same, take the Tories off the front page, answer the burgeoning 'support the troops' groundswell from the right and shoot the Lib Dems anti-war fox. It's a (partial) victory for anti-war campaigners - if Brown didn't think troop withdrawal was a more popular policy than 'staying the course' he wouldn't be doing it. You can always trust a politician to act in his own self interest and Brown's evidently interested in having an election that will have no talking points at all and no one to mention Mr. Blair's little
Brown's next election visit:
If anyone thinks that nice Comrade Chairman Brown would not do all he can to get the Tory conference out of the headlines, his visit today to Baghdad is all the proof you need to know he will use any instrument he can to manage the news agenda and deny opponents the coverage they would expect to have in a multi-party democracy.
Gordon's Plan A - An Election Now
Until now Labour strategists have been coy. But this morning what we'd all worked out anyway has been confirmed by senior sources. The Brown team are conducting opinion polls in key marginals, and if the results are strong enough for Labour, the Prime Minister will call a General Election next week. Preparations are being made for such an announcement with a diary of events planned to give Gordon Brown a fair wind. Today's trip to
Quick take on this today due to work interfering somewhat with blogging. Sadly I am no Dizzy, Croydonian or Iain able to swan off to the conference for a few days...
Five main ideas stick out:
Conservative Conference - William Hague on the EU Treaty.
I've just watched William Hague's speech on foreign policy and it was absolutely fantastic. What's more he offered the British public something that Labour never would - The right to a referendum on any future EU Treaties by LAW.
The capacity to surprise
If the Tories are serious about capturing the Eurosceptic vote, they are going the right way about it. That much can be said for William Hague's surprise announcement in a speech at today's session of the Party conference. Confirmed on the Conservative website, he has promised that the next Conservative government would amend the 1972 European Communities Act, so that any future agreements that transferred powers from
Tory Promises on
William Hague, the only Tory with a licensed sense of humour, has had ‘em rolling in the aisles once again in
It's all about the headlines, don't worry about the sums
I haven't had as much time as I would of liked, to keep up with political events and in particularly the Conservative party conference over the past few days. Although I have been trying to keep up with a fair few blogs to see what has been going on and last night I also managed to catch the BBC news at 10 o'clock and then Newsnight after that.
The fight to get a barrage built across the
Has Ming has destroyed the LibDems credibility
Will he or won't he call an election is like waiting for a baby to be born. Wishes Gordon Brown would make up his mind and stop all the speculation. His dithering or one might say his keeping it close to his chest is actually making some political activists crazy - election fever is gaining momentum nationwide, speculation is writhe. Still think he is going to wait until after David Cameron's conference speech on Wednesday and test the mood, but that only my opinion. Might end up with egg on my face.
What if they held an Election and nobody came?
Political insiders enjoy party conferences and elections in the way that more normal people enjoy a day at the races. I am currently rather sour about political insiders because I have recently returned from