Sunday, 25 May 2008

The end of Gordon Brown

Every political career ends in tears, as someone once said. No politician, surely, has ever crashed and burned the way that the one-eyed nosepicker seems to be in the process of doing right now.

Less than a year after becoming Labour leader unopposed, Broon appears to be heading out. The Crewe & Nantwich by-election was really sensational, with a swing of more than 17%: a response to a nasty campaign, and in particular, a patronising campaign. The portrayal of Mr Timpson as a 'toff' and the ridiculous statement that Tamsin Dunwoody is 'one of us' seemed to be targeted at an Islington stereotype of what would appeal to an eeh-bah-goom cloth cap wearing Northerner from the 1950s or earlier. It was truly bizarre for a campaign of the 21st Century.

It is ironic to reflect that if Broon had called an election last October, he would have won by a huge majority. As it is, he is leading Labour towards its worst-ever defeat. Just as the time could never have been better than last October for Labour to win, it will never be worse than it is right now. If Labour have any sense (which, thankfully, they haven't), no one will dream of forcing Broon out and precipitating a General Election at the moment.

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