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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Knife-edge Britain

A few days ago I posted here that Gordon Brown must be the most out of touch prime minister we have seen in generations. Yesterday's YouGov poll in the Daily Telegraph, that puts the Conservative Party 14% in the lead, proves my point.

I am sure the electorate are not 'biting at the bit' for a Conservative government. Indeed the results of the poll showed that. What the electorate are annoyed about is being kicked in the balls by a government who seems completely out of touch with what the ordinary family are interested in. When you have sky-high fuel prices, the last thing you want out of a government is more taxes on your family car. When the price of basic commodities, such as bread, butter and eggs are rising at an alarming rate, the last think you want from a budget is increased costs for a bottle of wine with your evening meal.

What we are seeing in poll after poll, is the British people turning away from Labour. They are not turning to Conservative Party because they think they offer great alternatives to government policies; far from it. They simply regard the Tories as the only credible alternative. Politically we are on a knife-edge. If the government gets a grip of itself, it can theoretically turn it fortunes around. Even if they remain the largest party after the next general election, that is still better than an outright loss. The challenge facing the Conservative Party is to convince the electorate they would be better off with them; that they do have policies that will make them more confident, have more prosperity and more choices in their lives.

Those who responded to the pollsters and have stated they wouldn't mind there being a Conservative government can easily be persuaded to go back to Labour. Conservatives have to fight harder to make sure the majority will be delighted to have a Conservative government. This is where the election will be decided.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

What goes though Gordon Brown's mind?

Is Gordon Brown the most out of touch prime minister we have seen for generations? I ask this question as I think he really thinks he can con the electorate in to thinking he really believes in New Labour. Yes, he was one of the architects of New Labour, however his involvement was only out of expediency. He never really believed it. He was just like many other Labour politicians; sick of being in opposition. Although he knew he would - publicly at least - have to ditch some of his principals, being in power was too much of an aphrodisiac. He knew he would get a top job in the new administration and he knew - eventually - Tony would hand over the reigns to him. Democracy is alive and well in Labour!

Over the years of a Labour government, he has built his reputation on being the 'Iron Chancellor.' He was prudent; not frightened of making the tough decisions Britain needed. Of course, he was the lucky Chancellor. He was fortunate to be presiding over an economy that was going through a 'purple patch' and even a Labour government couldn't mess that up. Or could they? On the outside all was well, but as we now know, Brown has squandered billions of pounds of our money.

He now thinks he can continue to tax middle England until 'the pips squeak' and still regain their confidence. Or does he think in his world of fantasy that middle England doesn't really matter?Does he think because some of us can afford to have wine with our dinner on an evening and perhaps have a brandy or two afterwards, that we won't notice that the costs are rising due to his tax rises? Perhaps he thinks we can afford to run our cars when the cost of fuel is at a record high? Perhaps he thinks instructing his puppet Alistair Darling to delay an increase in fuel duty will make him and his government look caring?

Whatever goes through his mind, I really don't think he really understands the problems of ordinary people. He comes from the political dogma that the government knows best. He comes from the dogma that likes to keep the working classes in their place. He doesn't want too much deprivation in the country, but just enough to keep them voting Labour. He is not interested in the aspirations of middle England. He simply regards them as a 'cash cow.'

Gordon Brown will lose the next general election because the will lose the votes of those he helped court over a decade ago. But as I have already stated, he never really believed in them anyway, so all we are witnessing in an old dog who cannot change his spots.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Diana Johnson MP

Diana Johnson is the Member of Parliament for Kingston upon Hull North. Most readers will never have heard of her. She was elected in 2005 and recently she was appointed a government whip. I have met her once and found her uninspiring. She didn't know the area before she was selected. The Labour high command wanted to 'up' the number of women MPs, so she managed to get on the list to fight for a safe seat.

Last year she started a local campaign to save post offices in her constituency. Unfortunately, the campaign did not work. Like many post offices around the country, they closed. Ms Johnson, however, decided to vote against a Conservative motion to suspend the closure programme. Her justification? The post offices that she was campaigning for in her constituency have closed. So much was honour and principals. Pollsters constantly tell us that the majority of us have a low opinion of politicians. Diana Johnson's latest stunt seeks to solidify that viewpoint.

I have been campaigning to halt the post office closure programme, as I believe local post offices are a vital service for local communities; not because there might be a few extra votes in it.

At the 2005 general election only 47.3% of the electorate voted in Hull North. If more people can be persuaded to vote and a few more who voted Labour last time, do not, there is a chance she could be given a run for her money. It couldn't happen to a nicer person.

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