Andrew Allison

Labour are a shambles

In Blair, Brown, Cameron, Conservatives on December 17, 2006 at 3:07 pm

So a spokesman for Blair says the leaked memo has not come from No. 10. Well they would, wouldn’t they? Read it here.Whether it has or it hasn’t, makes no difference to me. They are a shambles; they know they are a shambles and they know the electorate have the same opinion.

Bring on Gordon. The dour Scot, who will try to distance himself from Blair, even though he was Chancellor for 10 years, will be no match for a revitalised Conservative Party under Cameron.

Shambolic, tired, sleaze ridden. What ever you call it, this government is on the way out.

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  1. I find the next election intriguing- what with the boundary changes and grim Gordon coming, I just can’t get a handle on it but you are right the spin meisters are running scared- having said that I think they are paranoid afterall their political formation was the Thatcher period.

  2. I have a feeling that this government has at least another term in it. The incumbent always has the advantage (better the devil you know…) and I’m not sure how credible Cameron is really seen to be, even among Tory voters.

  3. It would need a miracle by David Cameron for him to lose the election now.

  4. I tend to agree with Matt, though I’d love to see this bunch of authoritarian bastards kicked into the middle ages, where they belong. Cameron’s poll ratings still seem to me to be sluggish, given the crises this administration is mired in. Is that because the economy still seems ok? Or is it because Cameron isn’t convincing? Do people, I wonder, see him as Blair 2.0?

  5. Well, we’ll see, gentlemen.

  6. I’m afraid I agree with Matt, too. Whatever one thinks of this government (not a lot, in my case), neither the opinion polls nor the betting seem to justify the memo’s despairing tones. Yes, the present administration is a shambles, but the polls over recent months are no more than encouraging for the Conservatives — I’d have thought, given how unpopular the government is, they should be doing far better at this. And, of course, Blair’s departure at least gets rid of one of Labour’s greatest liabilities.

    Furthermore, Cameron’s spent the last year convincing the electorate that he’s a nice enough chap who they could see in Downing Street, which is more than could be said for his predecessors. The Conservatives have not really given a lot of convincing reasons why they should be in power, though, other than that they’re not this lot. Which is something, but not, I think, enough to win an election.

    Some time over the next year or so, they’re going to have to come out with some firm policy proposals, which will enthuse some and alienate others. That’s when the test will come, to my mind.

  7. Over the next year the Conservatives will come up with firm policies. As far as the polls are concerned; the Conservatives are in the lead – although I agree not as far as we would like, but once firm policy decisions are made, I think there will be a positive turnaround. All we can do is wait and see.

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