Thursday, September 07, 2006

Not enough.

Well, he's said it. Tony will have retired by the time the 2007 TUC conference comes around - and realistically by summer 2007.

Will that bland statement this afternoon be enough to quell the ranks of former friends and allies massing against him?

Tony's apparently off to the Middle East this weekend, allowing plenty of time for plotting and discussion by the Brownites. Even if Gordon decides to wait a while longer, the story will continue to be all about when Blair is going to resign. Government will end up becalmed by inaction and indecision.

I don't think that this is over - this won't silence the opponents. I suspect that the Blair years will be over at the latest by early in the New Year and in all probability rather sooner.

I know that all this furore is destructive to the party and I hate that it has to be this way, but I fear even greater destruction unless the problem is resolved and Blair goes. If party members and elected members are silent about this, are they serving the party by faking unity, or are they just serving the leadership?

The power to resolve this is entirely within the control of the Prime Minister. I hope he uses it.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

destructive is not the half of it.

Talk about doing the Tories work for them.

Does anyone seriously think that Gordon Brown is going to win against smiley Cameron who is minute by minute getting all the trendy midddle class green types and middle england too on board?

The Tories are getting organised in a way that will totally destroy our party in Parliament and what do some people in our party do?? Decide to knife in the back the most succesful Labour PM of modern times, without whom most of these judas types would not even have a seat in the Commons.

Al said...

Does anyone seriously think that Gordon Brown is going to win against smiley Cameron who is minute by minute getting all the trendy midddle class green types and middle england too on board?

Labour doesn't need to win in areas full of such people to win a majority (and certainly doesn't to be the largest party).

without whom most of these judas types would not even have a seat in the Commons

Not one of the M.P's that signed the letter owe their seats to Blair... in fact I'm pretty sure that all their seats were Labour before 1997.

Gary Sambrook said...

You're slowing down on your blogging PoliticalHack, maybe your losing your touch?

terry said...

To the Brum political junkie, party member, activist and hack.
GET OUT MORE. you sad twat.
I sent this to your mate Watson.

Tom,
thanks for the opportunity to comment on your recent actions.
"Balls of Steel" a previous contributor said. I'm sure you will agree that the guys you are, sorry, were, sending out to Iraq and Afghanistan are far more deserving of that epithet. In a week when dozens of these brave men gave their lives, you chose to blithely ignore their sacrifice, choosing instead to take the incredibly brave action of resigning your ministerial post. You are, sir, a complete and utter tosser. More "Thick as Pig Shit" than "Balls of Steel"
It comes as no surprise to learn that you come from the ranks of full time trade union officials. A more self serving and incompetent bunch it would be difficult to find. Or, indeed, a more corrupt or cowardly one in your unions case. (see www.amicus.cc.)
Far from securing a quick pre- christmas entry into number 10, the machinations of you and your fellow putschists will actually ensure that that sulking brooding hulk of animosity, our chancellor, will actually face a serious challenge for the leadership next June. Win or lose that race, GB has commited political suicide by his actions this week. His political demise will be long and extremely painful and I for one will enjoy every minute. When you head off back to your constituents, understand this They now know exactly what they have for a representative. Someone who is far more interested in political machinations than he is in the lives and deaths of those members of the armed forces for which he had a direct responsibility, up to his cowardly resignation.
"Balls of Steel" my arse, as we say up here.
Posted by tajblue at September 8, 2006 03:20 PM

PoliticalHack said...

Gary: Nice to see that someone thinks I ever had 'the touch.' Things have slowed a touch - the real world sometimes intrudes on this.

Besides, I don't have a lot to add on this one - the mainstream media are covering it all far too well, so I'm not going to go over old ground repeatedly. I've made my views clear (like 'em or not, Terry) and that's it.

As always - if you have been, thanks for reading.

politicalcorrespondent said...

Talking of retirements...this is from your neck of the woods:

http://thedaily.wordpress.com/2006/09/11/exclusive-clare-short-to-step-down/

I'm sure we'd be interested in your take on it.