Hokey cokey politics…
Hokey cokey politics…
Even Brownite media stalwarts like Kevin Maguire are choking on the latest Thatcherite symbolism – “The sight of her in Downing Street still turns my stomach after all these years…. It was a calculated political gamble by Mr Brown. But for a Labour PM to flaunt a Rusty Lady despised, yes despised, with good reason by Labour voters is provocative political transvestism… gut reactions still count in politics, with many Labour folk wanting to throw up.”
The GMB’s Paul Kenny reckons “This is a huge mistake which will cost Labour credibility with their voters and communities up and down the land that still bear scars of the damage she caused.” John McDonnell MP says “It is hard to imagine a greater insult to the Labour and Trade Union movement.” “Don’t forget misery Thatcher caused” rants the Mirror’s political editor Oonagh Blackman at Gordon.
Activists on LabourHome are reflective but not impressed. “Personally I’d much prefer the Government to actually start making some fundamental policy decisions instead of being in permanent campaign mode. It’s all very well having a so-called ‘big tent’ but what’s the end game?” Others complain “there does have to come a point when he stops trying to woo the right-wing and comes up with some solid policies.”
“It’s all very well inviting Thatcher around and recruiting Tory MP’s/Lib Dem MPs to head task forces. Not actually sure how it’s a vote winner down my local pub?” One disaffected activist sums up the feeling of many about Brown treating with Thatcher: “Disgusting. Insulting. He just lost us thousands of votes from Labour supporters.”
Political transvestism may seem like clever politics in Westminster, but it doesn’t go down so well with the people who got rid of Tony Blair and want Labour to return to its roots.
UPDATE : Tribune has an editorial attacking Brown.
Bonkers idea #4 : removing white lines from the nation’s roads. The idea is that we would all drive more cautiously as a result, and so save fuel. It also says street lights should be turned off at night.
Bonkers idea # 5 : Cotton buds should be banned because they aren’t bio-degradable.
Guido doesn’t understand this, cotton is clearly bio-degradable, isn’t it?
Remind yourself of just two examples of when Gordon was on the wrong side of a big battle born of conviction.
Facing down Soviet Communism – Brown was opposed to installing the Cruise and Pershing missiles that the Soviets feared most and could not afford to match. This brought them to the negotiating table.
Miners Strike – the crucial and decisive battle for the economic well being of the country – at the time he opposed Thatcher’s determination to end once and for all Scargill’s blackmail. He never supported the rights of working miners who faced harassment and violence. When David Wilkie was killed by striking NUM miners there was no condemnation from Gordon Brown.
The list is long. Team Brown is doing this not out of conviction, but for pure spin…
So business travellers won’t have to pay the tax…
The Times reports Populus research which shows that Brown is perceived by voters to have moved to the right and Cameron’s Conservatives are perceived to have moved to the left.
So with increasingly little difference between the brands, it may all come down to marketing…
The HPI is a composite index. To give you a flavour of the objective nature of the index you should understand that Iran scores 53 on the HPI and the United States of America only 28. Must be all those public executions that make them so happy in Iran. Maybe the women are smiling under their burqas…
Bonkers idea #2 : Dizzy is worked up about the Zero-Carbon dildo idea in Zac’s magazine, one bonkers idea that didn’t make the report.
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LibDem Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael:
“Chris Huhne was the man who had put the ‘t’ into ‘Cancun’.”