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Gordon Must Step Aside (and other electoral repercussions)

May 7, 2010 2 comments

This pains me somewhat to write this. I am not Gordon’s biggest fan but I do respect and admire him in a professional capacity (not having met him, I cannot say what I would think of him in a personal capacity. I would like to think I would like him). Gordon, as Leader of the Labour Party and Prime Minister, is, unfortunately, an electoral liability. He must step aside.

Thankfully, due to the unfair and disproportionate electoral system, Labour has managed to hold on to a sizeable portion of seats at Westminster. The problem is, because there is a hung parliament, deal brokerage will take place between all the parties at Westminster. It has already been established by Clegg, whom I distrust massively, that the Lib Dems would not deal with Labour whilst Gordon is at the helm. Clegg has also alluded to a Con-Lib coalition. This does not surprise me as Clegg is a Tory in an Orange Rosette. The majority of Lib Dem grass-root members would loathe to deal with the Conservatives as, I suspect, a majority of Lib Dem MPs would as well. I fear that Clegg will destroy the Lib Dems with his appetite and quest for power.

But, party squabbling aside, it is increasingly likely that there will be another General Election within 18 months. This could be for any number of reasons such as a Labour minority government that gets a vote of no confidence. A Tory minority government that suffers the same fate, or a break-down of any coalition combination.

The reason why I bring Gordon up is that Exeter suffered a large swing from Labour to the Conservatives. Thankfully Exeter is still red but the majority is slim – 2500 down from 8500. The reason is not that the Conservative candidate is better than the Labour candidate – that would be a lie. The reason is a combination of Gordon Brown’s unpopularity and the weird quasi-presidential style of government.

On the doorstep one asks the question “What do you think of X as an MP/Candidate?” Electorate responds “Oh, they’re great!”

“So will you vote for X?”

“No”

“Why not?”

“Gordon Brown”

One explains to the electorate that they elect a local representative not the PM (though they might do indirectly but that is another concern). I do not want to lose a brilliant MP that I, and others, have fought hard to retain because of someone I haven’t met.

I do not wish, however, for Gordon to be pushed – he deserves respect. But he needs to be encouraged, or gently made to realise that stepping aside would be best for everyone and Gordon keeps his dignity.

Gordon, I suspect, is a typical male historian – very astute and canny in correctly interpreting others’ intentions towards non-personal matters (i.e. not his leadership). But either does not recognise or misinterprets others’ intentions towards personal matters (i.e. his leadership). I know/suspect this, because many male historians, myself included, are very similar in this respect.

In other matters, the national Labour Party HQ needs a shake-up. The choice of poster depicting David Cameron as Gene Hunt was as beneficial as chopping your own head off. The Elvis impersonator went down like a lead balloon and the constant grammatical errors on the posters do not look good.

Before you go through and check spelling and grammar I would like to point out that I am mildly dyslexic. In other words I get special stickers to put on essays.

I like Gordon but the future of Exeter, Labour and the Country is more important than one man.

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