Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Let the voters decide

If there is a leadership contest after Tony Blair goes, the winner will be chosen by Labour party MPs, members and the unions. Blair's successor is most likely to be Gordon Brown. He obviously has no problem entering 10 Downing Street by the back door. He should, however, remember that the British public gave Tony Blair's government a mandate for a full third term. I hope he will have the decency, if not the courage, to call a snap General Election. That would be the only way to gain legitimacy for his Government.
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5 Comments:

Anonymous Ellee said...

That would be a dream come true for Tories as we rank high in opinion polls at the moment, but it is most unlikely I think.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Bel said...

You're right. No hope in hell Gordon Brown would call an election. He knows he will be roundly defeated.

The same way he chickened out of standing against Blair in 1994.
The same way he wouldn't want to face a leadership contest against John Reid or anyone else.
The same way he would be too scared to show his face to the electorate right now.

4:55 PM  
Anonymous EvilMan said...

Or Blair could spite them all by calling a snap election, before standing down. I know I would do that.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Praguetory said...

We can still make the next LAbour leader look like an obstinate, pig-headed coward . Your call for a GE is bank on.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Bel said...

Agreed, praguetory. Well said.

12:01 PM  

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