Friday, May 23, 2008

The end of Brown & New Labour…

Disaster for Gordon Brown after Tory landslide

''...A resurgent Conservative party stormed to a crushing victory over Labour in the Crewe & Nantwich by-election early today, placing Gordon Brown’s leadership under even greater strain. In a massive boost for David Cameron, the Tories overturned a 7,000 Labour majority to make their first gain from Labour in a by-election for 30 years — with their own 7,860 majority on a massive swing of 17.6 per cent....''

Posted by hpwatcher @ 05:55 AM (1337 views)
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19 thoughts on “The end of Brown & New Labour…

  • New Labours obsession with human rights has completely left it unable to take many of the tough decisions required in the global economy.

    I give BG 8 weeks – still!

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  • That was supposed to be GB not BG…..damn this keyboard!

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  • @HpWatcher

    I think you will find the broad interpretation of Labour’s anti terror legislation has taken more rights away from the UK citizen than any other govt in memory. It is tribute to the NL spin machine that they have convinced some that the opposite intention is true.

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  • A drubbing for the LibDems also – their vote was well down

    Time for them to accept the Tories are going to win the next election, and focus on making Labour history.

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  • Orcusmaximus says:

    LibDems lost any sympathy from me when they reneged on their European constitution manifesto promise. Two parties made themselves unelectable that day.

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  • Gordon Brown now looks completely doomed – the alternatives however (IMO) dont look too clever – big frustration is that there is currently little real choice for voters.

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  • “Gordon Brown now looks completely doomed ”

    Yes Jack – the only credible candidate is Jack Straw.

    He’d be a bit like Alec Douglas-Home, a caretaker PM drawn from the old guard, marking time until an assured general election defeat.

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  • what a complete and utter loser GB is.

    he has to go asap before the country grinds to a halt.

    must be the biggest buffoon and hated politician off all time. ?

    its brilliant !

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  • japanese uncle says:

    In ten years time, voters will certainly be fed up with the Tories, and asking for the comback of Nulabor. By that time, welfare and NHS and the entire middle class will have become a thing of the past, under the bankers’ dictatorship.

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  • @Ijjhall ”..I think you will find the broad interpretation of Labour’s anti terror legislation has taken more rights away from the UK citizen than any other govt in memory. It is tribute to the NL spin machine that they have convinced some that the opposite intention is true…”

    I’m not thinking about the people in this country, I’m thinking the rights of the those who have just arrived.

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  • Crashwatcher says:

    I dont think GB will ever be as hated as Maggy – unless he decides to pull a stunt like the Poll tax at the bottom of the housing crash. For those with short memories (or too young to remember) – she doubled the council tax on young couples in one bedroom flats, at a time when finances were stretched the most and negative equity was et its highest. This together with them wrecking productive industry and running down the welfare state, schools and hospots so that wealthy people dont have to pay so much tax is why I for one will not be pleased if they get back into national government.

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  • Brown must stay. He is one of the greatest assets the Tories have in winning the next General Election.

    UT. I don’t agree with Straw being a credible candidate. It’s difficult to determine what if anything he has made a success of. I still think Milliband will be the next leader, not because he is great but because Labour will incorrectly look at him as the young pretender and the fresh face that will invigorate Labour in the way Blair did. The reason I think Milliband will be the next leader is because Labours decision making is incredibly bad of late. By bad I really mean bad. Their only approach in Crewe & Nantwich was to call the Tory candidate a toff. A decision which was totally staggering in its naivety.

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  • I don’t agree with Straw being a credible candidate.

    Me too. He has made so many mistakes and u-turns that haven’t been widely reported.

    The worst kind of career politician…an absolute fool.

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  • by adopting the conservative hymn sheet labour have ruined what was left of the economy
    voting for the conservatives is a great protest vote, but protesting at what exactly?
    the power of the banks and financial advisers and political elite to defraud a colluding populace?
    of course this will change under Cameron

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  • I give Brown 3 months. Lets remember though that he is just a figure head for the Labour party, I can’t see a new leader being able to change things enough to win them an election. Incredibly, if Brown was to practice what he preaches he could turn this around, by listening to the people and governing the county to fulfil their needs. However, we’re lucky if he even pays us lip service.

    What do I want? Less sponging, efficient use of taxes leading to reduced tax burden and a strong “take-no-prisinors” strategy to get the country through the recesion. There are always going to be losers over the next 5 years or so because of the state of the national and global economy. What we need to do is pick the right losers and help support the winners through. That means allowing the HPC and increasing interest rates to counter inflation.

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  • Never discount the consequences of world events. Just as Thatcher’s popularity hit rock bottom, the Falklands conflict generated enough jingoistic pride to salvage her party’s fortunes. Likewise, the US still has its sights on occupation of Iran, and to do so must coordinate a military strike before November (or later, if Bush and the neocons decided to suspend the normal democratic processes during a time of ‘national crisis’). The possible blockage of the Straits of Hormuz would have devastating effects on western economies – probably hurling us straight back to the days of the three-day week and shortages. In such circumstances, the ill-will the Labour party has (justly) garnered, would dissipate, as a frightened electorate fell-in behind the party in office; preferring a known quantity during a time of crisis, rather than the untested alternative.

    ‘A week is a long time in politics’ – particularly if a simmering resources war blows up in the middle of it.

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  • Orcusmaximus says:

    The only way to turn this country round would be for massive public expenditure cuts and efficiency drives. Of course this would mean admitting that the entire Labour Tax & Waste ethos is wrong, so it won’t happen under this bunch. 2 more years of driving the country deeper and deeper into debt! Also, you can bet that just before the general election, Labour will make massive long term future spending commitments just to spike the next government. If there ever was a better time to emigrate, I haven’t seen it.

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  • shipbuilder says:

    Spot on mken.

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  • mken said:
    >>voting for the conservatives is a great protest vote, but protesting at what exactly?

    A few to start with:

    Incompetance, shrink-wrapped in spin.
    A dithering leader completely devoid of ideas.
    Ludicrously high taxation, neatly packaged in stealth taxes to hide the obvious.
    Constant tinkering around the edges in the absence of any real policies.

    I’m unsure I would vote for Cameron but his statement about Nu Labour being dead is pretty much right.

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