The Bizarre World of New Labour…

The news that Andrew Smith resigned throws up more questions than answers. We have been asked to accept, at face value, two letters that were exchanged between Tony Blair and Andrew Smith suggesting that: (1) Andrew Smith resigned so that he could spend more time with his family and in his constituency; and (2) Tony Blair was reluctanct to see him go as he was doing an excellent job.

Be honest, if that was the case, wouldn’t he have stayed a few more days until the planned reshuffle – not make headlines by resigning? The truth is more likely to be that as more and more in the party realise that Blair is becoming an electoral liability, Tony increasingly feels the need to be surrounded on all sides by Blairite loyalists to shore up his increasing sense of insecurity! The rest of us rub our hands as his grim determination to hang on to the bitter end is sure to cost Labour dearly next May.

You’re scared aren’t you?

Peter Hain has been grabbing headlines this morning with a tactic we haven’t heard in many a year. Older readers may remember this tactic being used at different times by both Tories and Labour. It goes something like: ” Dear disaffected Labour (Tory) voter, we know that we’ve been a bit of a disappointment to you. However, we heard that you were thinking of voting LibDem at the next election. We would like to warn you that if you do that, you’ll let the Tories (Labour) in (back in) and we’re sure that you don’t want that do you?”

Old as the hills, but what’s interesting is that since Blair came to power, the Labour majority has been so big that they’ve really eased up on the LibDems. Something of a truce appeared to have been called.

I think that what has changed now is that Labour are genuinely scared. There is a real mood in the country of disaffection with this government. Labour know that they are going to shed votes at the next election – they’re just not sure who’s going to benefit the most.

So Peter Hain is scaremongering. Don’t vote LibDem – they have extreme policies. If you knew what they stood for – you wouldn’t like them. I think Peter Hain underestimates the British electorate. I think the LibDems are gaining support from people who do understand what they stand for – and they like it. They know that LibDems opposed the war in Iraq – and the majority of the public agreed.

The British electorate are, I believe, smarter that Labour currently give us credit for. They need to wake and smell the coffee. The real nightmare is for hundreds of decent hardworking Labour MPs who will wake up in May to find they lost their seats because of the arrogance of their leadership.

Good to be back

The long summer recess is over (mine, not theirs!) and
it’s good to be back. Thank you for all of your
feedback and comments while I’ve been away. Special
mention to www.impeachblair.org;, an audacious concept – but their report makes
very interesting reading! The upshot of all of
this is that if he didn’t deliberately mislead us, then
he must have been niaive to the point of incompetence.
Either way – incompetent or dishonest – do we really
want him to continue as PM? Read the report and make up
your own minds.

Just got my hands on my hot off the press copy of
“>The Orange Book
. This is a collection of essays
by leading LibDem thinkers, some of which is very
radical. I’ll update you when I’ve read it.

Just time to respond to Cramlington Village Councillor. I think the
debate about “how local is local” in Hartlepool has
become a bit of a sideshow now. Jody has pledged
herself to Hartlepool if she wins, and I would expect
her to rightly divide her time between Westminster and
Hartlepool. I just wonder if this is the best
mud-slinging that Labour can come up with in
Hartlepool. The real issues are the public’s opinion of
our Prime Minister’s handling of the war – and the
cronyism that led to Mandelson being handed the EU
Commisioner’s job when there are so many more deserving
candidates that could have been considered.