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Gordon Brown: Labour’s dilemma: Editorial – The Guardian.

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I suppose it comes as something of a surprise that media commentators now praise The Guardian for being a critical friend of Labour – that’s news to me as well as I imagine to Labour supporters. The record is basically no – The Guardian has been sniping at Labour governments since 1st May 1997.

Nevertheless, the editorial in The Guardian does raise valid criticisms of Gordon Brown’s style of leadership, I have often written that under Gordon Brown’s leadership there has been no vision, no purpose, no goals indeed what is this Labour government for?

Sadly, the issue may be resolved one way or another in time. Clearly, it is highly believed that Labour will suffer serious reverses in the county council and European Parliament polls on this Thursday.  I not sure it would make much difference even if someone challenged him for the leadership. Any new Labour prime minister would have to call an early general election and Labour’s fortunes look dim.

The prospect of a cocky Tory party in government looks certain, a Conservative Party led government is not what the country needs – it would be a backward step. It would mean a return to the I’m all right Jack policies of the 1980s coupled with hugh tax cuts for the wealthy and devastating cut backs in Health, Education public services spending.

A Conservative Party led government would also kill electoral and parliamentary reform dead as the new prime minister would want to engage Parliament in his own legislative programme:

The Guardian, Wednesday 3 June 2009

“Gordon Brown talks much about his Presbyterian past, but he has a story to tell – about personal morality, a sense of justice and a belief in the power of politics that does, at its best, appeal to the “better angels of our nature”, as he put it on his first day in Downing Street. The nation needs someone who answers this description to lead it now, just as Labour needs to find someone who is able to set out a case for progressive government. Political reform can no longer be put aside as an abstract idea, of appeal to dreamers but not to voters who face the harder realities of life. The public is calling furiously for a better system. People want an honest parliament. They want leaders who are prepared to act. They loathe the old system, and many of the people who are part of it.


The tragedy for Mr Brown and his party is that his chance to change it has gone. Although he still purports to be a radical, he has adopted the caution of an establishment man. He cannot lead a revolution against his own way of doing government, and yet a revolution is necessary. Grandstanding on his claims to good intentions, the prime minister demands the right to carry on, even as the cabinet implodes around him. The home secretary, the chancellor, and perhaps even the foreign secretary may go, and Labour faces its worst defeat in its history on Thursday, but the prime minister does not recognise his direct responsibility for the mayhem…”more.

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