The BNP has won two seats in the European elections including getting its leader Nick Griffin elected in the North west region….more comment later
The cabinet reshuffle is in full swing and Gordon Brown clings on for dear political life. After the devastating comments from James Purnell in his resignation letter more Cabinet member resignations were expected but this hasn’t happened yet.
I still believe that Brown won’t survive. Once the election results are in and backbench Labour MP’s realise that they have little or no chance of holding on to their seats with Brown in charge, they will act and sign any email or letter put in front of them asking Brown to stand down.
What the text from the email circulating amongst backbench Labour MPs would contain if those circulating were honest and had any balls:
Over the last 12 years in government,
and before, you have made an enormous contribution to this country and to the Labour Party, have comprehensively dismantled and destroyed the golden economic legacy you inherited and have burdened this great nation of ours with gigantic amounts of debt which will take decades to pay off and this is widely acknowledged. However, After scheming, conniving and plotting for ten years to become party leader and Prime Minister, we hope you are able to appreciate and acknowledge our scheming, conniving and plotting against you. And we are writing now because we believe that in the current political situation we cannot hold onto our seats at the next general election with you in charge. And you can best serve the Labour Party and the country our own personal and selfish interests by stepping down as party leader and Prime Minister and so allowing the party to find a new leader to take us into the next general election because only under a new leader do we have any chance of holding on to our seats. You have screwed the country, please don’t screw us.
I cast my vote in the Euro elections first thing this morning with the polling station unusually quiet due to the fact that there are no local elections in my area this time.
I hope the turnout throughout the country is good and more Conservative Councillors and MEP’s are elected than ever before.
Tomorrow is polling day and if Labour is given not only a bloody nose but as expected a knockout blow it seems inevitable that Gordon Brown will quit as PM. Even if the election results aren’t as bad as expected, I believe that by next week Gordon Brown will face a leadership challenge. Brown has no leadership qualities, he reacts to events far too late and constantly dithers and isn’t up to the job of PM – he plotted and connived to become PM and has ruled by fear ever since and has never commanded or deserved any respect.
Through his incompetence he has taken the Labour Party to the brink of electoral annihilation which his MP’s have remarkably only realised now and it is therefore an absolute certainty that MP’s desperate to hold onto their seats at the next election will move to have him ousted. The fear factor has gone and with Cabinet member resignations being announced such as Hazel Blears this morning before the expected reshuffle, so has collective responsibility. With each day the case for a general election grows stronger as Brown’s government grinds to a halt with no policies being implemented, introduced or even being thought of. The Government is in limbo and the PM and his Cabinet unable to effect any change.
Today the Guardian has a damning editorial on the PM calling him to go. It says
The tragedy for Mr Brown and his party is that his chance to change it has gone. Although he still purports to be a radical, he has adopted the caution of an establishment man. He cannot lead a revolution against his own way of doing government, and yet a revolution is necessary. Grandstanding on his claims to good intentions, the prime minister demands the right to carry on, even as the cabinet implodes around him. The home secretary, the chancellor, and perhaps even the foreign secretary may go, and Labour faces its worst defeat in its history on Thursday, but the prime minister does not recognise his direct responsibility for the mayhem.
The truth is that there is no vision from him, no plan, no argument for the future and no support. The public see it. His party sees it. The cabinet must see it too, although they are not yet bold enough to say so. The prime minister demands loyalty, but that has become too much to ask of a party, and a country, that was never given the chance to vote for him…He is not obviously able to lead. He blames others for failures and allows them insufficient credit for successes, as the current dismembering of Alistair Darling’s reputation shows.
The next seven days will be crucial to Britain’s political future. Jacqui Smith’s pre-emptive resignation yesterday was the start of a reshuffle that Mr Brown may be imagining will defend himself from terrible election results. He is heading for the bunker. If Labour holds off now, at perhaps the last moment when a change of leader might be possible, it had better reconcile itself to sticking with its leader to the bitter end. … During the next few days it will become apparent whether Mr Brown still commands sufficient support among his parliamentary colleagues to carry on. If he suspects not, he would win much respect by announcing that he will be standing down, and let his party choose someone who can use its remaining time in power to reform parliament and then fight the election with credibility.
The case for a new leader has been made stronger by the expenses crisis. Labour needs to enter the next election having reformed parliament. But Mr Brown will never do it. The prime minister was absent from the start of the debate and cautious now he has joined it. His instinct is usually to hesitate, and to establish reviews and commissions
And it concludes with
Labour has a year left before an election; its current leader would waste it. It is time to cut him loose
Cut him loose, call an election and give the public the chance to vote out a tired, stale and useless Labour Government.
As well as Douglas Hogg, two more Tory MP’s will be stepping down at the next general election. Anthony Steen and Sir Peter Viggers having been exposed in the Telegraph for questionable expenses have rightly decided not to seek re-election. Any attempts by MP’s to cling on to their seats who have been exposed making outrageous claims for expenses only serve to damage the Conservative Party’s attempt to gain power at the next election. All such MP’s will be vulnerable to anti sleaze campaign by their opponents and seats that the party should be holding on to would undoubtedly be at risk.
The Labour Party or its MP’s have yet to take similar action though two of its MP’s have been suspended and my local MP Shahid Malik has resigned from his post as Justice Minister pending a full investigation into his expenses claims. The public mood is one of disgust and if any party or associations drag their feet and leave in place those MP’s who to voters look to have abused the system, then they should not be surprised if ‘independent’ candidates stand on anti-sleaze tickets against them and turn the election campaign into an ‘expenses’ campaign only.
David Cameron thankfully has grasped the public mood and is one step ahead of the Prime Minister in his response. It is incredible that there are MP’s still peddling the ‘I didn’t break any law/rule’ defence instead of showing any remorse and contrition. Yesterday I met a person who said that those MP’s making outrageous claims were thieves. I wouldn’t use the same language or express the same sentiments and each case has to be looked at on its own but this does show how angry people are feeling and how badly let down they feel by their representatives.
This scandal will no doubt rumble on and there will be many more MP’s who will stand down before the next election.