"In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely."
Hunter S Thompson
Hunter S Thompson could have written his best selling novel around the current situation in
An early election is on the cards. March 25th being the suggested date. This has a number of advantages. There will be no time to fully debate and see through the reforms on MPs expenses, thus will be popular with many troubled MPs. The campaign can only last three months, so will be cheaper for the cash strapped party to fight. Best of all, the election would avoid the embarrassment of persuading a reluctant and recalcitrant Chancellor to make another pre-election budget statement – they might not be able to keep him muzzled a second time.
For Darling is no longer in the Prime Minister’s camp. He has followed Gordon’s backbone, Peter Mandelson, into the opposing corner. The smaller players will be lined up behind them, and the in fighting can only be to the Conservatives advantage. Not since the days of Blair/Brown has there been such animosity between a Prime Minister and his Chancellor.
Gordon has played his ‘house’ card and won out on the ‘negative strategy’ that will see the election fought out on the basis of ‘never mind what we’ve done, just look how much worse they will be’. It is a return to the days of scoring political points by appealing to the ‘anti’ camp, anti-toffs, anti-fox hunting, anti-global warning, with Old Labour diehards to the fore. They were unelectable in 2001 and I think they will be unelectable again.
Mandelson and Darling would have preferred to take the Conservative’s policies and make them their own, Blair style. Presentation, presentation, presentation.
Harsh words have been exchanged, and it is said that the rift will never be healed. Good, that means the die is cast.
92 days to go, hope for us all. Time to put aside our childish squabbles, and see these piglets off.