Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Not now, David

A very strong speech, I thought and an unusually good delivery for Gordon. He doesn't like the big stage and isn't a natural performer in the same way that Blair was. I've seen him in much smaller gatherings and he's very impressive - burning with passion over poverty and education, issues that have driven him in politics. The choice of Sarah to introduce him - borrowing the tactic from Michelle Obama - was inspired and made him more human.

He's silenced his critics - at least for the time being - and is taking the fight to the Tories, challenging their oft repeated mantra about Labour wasting money. The past decade has seen massive investment in education, health and in tackling poverty. The Tories left the roof leaking and about to collapse - literally in the case of some of our state schools. It has fallen to Labour to undo that mess and this term, we've opened 180 new schools - the highest number in three decades. More than 30 were opened in a single day earlier this month. Well over £16 billion has been spent on new hospitals for the National Health Service. We've strengthened the house over the past decade and left it better able to survive the downturn.

Now is not the time to hand over to a novice - either Milliband or George Osborne - and it was nice to see a genuine smile on Gordon's face as that dart hit home.

Osborne was described by a well-known Tory blogger as entirely unqualified for the job of Chancellor, of course. These are serious times and we need gravitas and experience, not the Tory PR featherweights, who have signally failed to offer any alternative policies. They opposed 'nationalising' Northern Rock - and we've seen the Republicans repeat the trick in the past week. They've opposed greater regulation of the financial markets, not wanting to offend their mates on the big bonuses in the City. And remember, John Redwood wants to deregulate the mortgage market still further. Would Cameron have had the clout or the nous to bring Lloyds and HBOS together as Brown did, ensuring that the law will be changed to allow a swift merger for the overall good of the sector? The only crumb of comfort offered by the Tories has been a £1 billion tax break for the richest 4000 families in the country, as they review Inheritance Tax. Thanks George. If any other ideas flutter across that vacant lot in your head, please let us know. We're waiting.

Yes, mistakes have been made. Yes, things are tough and will get harder before they get better, but there is nobody better able to guide the ship of state through these difficult waters.

1 comment:

Robert said...

Hack I think is a good word to use, I doubt many of the people at home who are not paid employee's of the Labour party, clapped or shouted well done.

I for one saw nothing which would make me change my mind, and Brown must not do TV interviews like the one on Breakfast time.

We were back to his normal use of yes yes yes yes yes but but but but.

He cannot string a sentence without his double talk yes yes but but it's not my fault.

Nothing is his fault the credit crunch what would you want me to do about it, well you could have taxed the bonus of those people who have caused the credit crunch you could have put in rules and regulations about the other misuse of the Banks.

the fact is making money in Labour UK is OK so long as your not doing as a low paid employee that gets taxed now at 20% not 10% a mistake and I apologies for it, but hell somebody has to pay for the hard working middle class.

Browns speech was poor he stated New Labour something he once said was over, he made points to hit Miliband who will now work extra hard to hit him back, he kept saying the hard working families, well if he made more laws to protect workers I still have my bloody legs.

I've spent 40 years in Labour I've seen some really bad leaders and some good ones, but none as bad and poor as brown.