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Four Men And One Woman In A Sinking Boat

I suppose I should get my six ha’porth in, if that’s the correct expression, before the result is announced.

The very entertaining More 4 programme, Miliband Of Brothers, finally corrected my spelling last night.  There may be two brothers but there’s only one “l”.  I’ve been getting it wrong all the way through this thoroughly underwhelming campaign.  At least it will be all over this afternoon.  Then we’ll be treated to the appalling spectre of Gordon Brown making a farewell speech.  Farewell and good riddance I say.  The worst British prime minister in my lifetime.  No doubt about that.

David Miliband is the obvious choice.  He has the gravitas that you would expect from an ex-foreign secretary but I fear that he will be yesterday’s man by the time of the next election.

Ed Miliband has most of the qualities that his brother offers but with a spark of individuality that I think would serve his party well.  If I was a a Labour supporter, wanting to see the party succeed, Ed would be my choice.

Andy Burnham can be very proud of the campaign he has run.  He is coherent, honourable, very telegenic and, I should think, every Labour mum’s toyboy fantasy. He hasn’t got a hope in hell.

Ed Balls?  Now as a Tory he gets my vote.  What a total plonker!  He would be disastrous for the Labour Party but it would make wonderful entertainment for the rest of us.   I can dream!

I’m very fond of Diane Abbott.  Along with all my fellow political junkies I love the Michael & Diane sofa partnership on “This Week”.   They’re the real stars of the show, forget the leering old lothario in the corner.  Trouble is, Diane isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer.  In fact she’s probably the bluntest in the entire kitchen so I’ll be looking forward to seeing her back on the sofa with Michael next Thursday.

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  1. I think the point now is that nobody TRUSTS ANY of the main Political Parties, that is why we ended up with a hung (or should that be a hanged) Parliament.

    I must admit that the turnout was higher than I expected, given the apathy shown at street level, but one thing did come true: most people who would never dream of voting for the opposite Party to their beleif, took the default vote: Lib-Fems, or did not vote at all.

    Not much endorsement for any Government.

    The Debt Collector

    September 25, 2010 at 1:50 pm

  2. Congratulations to Ed Miliband. He’s the best chance Labour has of causing the coalition any trouble. Great drama and romantic story too. I feel David Miliband’s pain but he’s big enough to cope.

    Peter Reynolds

    September 25, 2010 at 5:07 pm

  3. Wish I could congratulate little Ed. But he was wrong about Iraq and wrong to cosy up to the Unions.

    So, that’s it, then – The Wilderness again. Of that I have NO doubt. No doubt at all.


    September 25, 2010 at 6:03 pm

  4. Ed’s father was a Marxist theorist, noting both that capitalism hadn’t been all bad and that real change is not really possible unless the strategic heights of the world economy are taken on and clown sovietism admitted and its lessons learned so as not to repeat it. All very ‘sweetheart’.
    So you’re a Tory then Peter? You bastard! (LOL) – I thought you were to the left of the ‘screw them all’ position of my Celtic Defence Republicans. I’d be sending in the Sheriff of Nottingham to reclaim Robin Hood Airport, as Paul Chambers has so sadly fallen foul of Gadget and his humourless cronies.


    September 26, 2010 at 6:09 am

    • There’s never been any choice for me except Tory. Well, OK, I did vote UKIP in the last European elections. The coalition is a happy union for me because I’ve always been at the liberal end of Tory. I’m a bit dismayed at what a bunch of wimps the LibDems are turning out to be though, particularly Vince who is all hot air and no action. I used to belong to the rabid right wing Freedom Association years ago. I prefer to describe myself as a right wing libertarian.

      Peter Reynolds

      September 26, 2010 at 5:35 pm

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  6. We all make mistakes Peter. I joined Labour to vote for Blair! Have to agree on Vince, though he faded for me on a Question Time when I felt I could ‘see’ his populist behaviours. I quite liked Lynne Featherstone too, but then she is rather pretty to an old fart like me. As with most things like sex, race and creed, political affiliation rarely points out the decent stuff one needs to know about people.


    September 26, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    • @allcoppedout – Have you read ‘A Journey’ yet? Blair actually mocks his own populism as “nonsense” at times. He also explains why it is necessary: the press, and their need for soundbites.

      I never joined Labour. I always admired Blair though, although my other half swallowed the “populist” and “expedient” Tory jibes about him. Not that Conservatives would EVER do that, eh (Pete) – new libertarians all?

      So I never joined Labour mainly due to past political affiliations, which I have now left far behind. I would join them now – IF ONLY , if only… Peter knows the rest.


      September 27, 2010 at 12:25 am

  7. As much as she was an outsider and never stood a chance, I think they’ve missed a bit of a trick when it comes to Diane Abbott.

    In the leadership debates Diane received much support in the form of “I would love Diane to win… but…” much in the same vein as the Nick Clegg movement of the election.

    Now, there is a significant Liberal vote that is either going begging or would swing given the right mood. In my personal opinion, with a Miliband win of any guise, it has simply put everything back into the correct boxes, nothing really has changed, I can’t see Labour winning any new voters from this move. (Will wait to stand corrected on that one no doubt).

    The point is I’m falling over is that surely now Labour have a blank slate and a chance to be brave, Abbott or Burnham would have made heads turn and minds ponder. Go for broke would have been my ethos. A Mili-win has altered little, it may be an inspired choice for the party, but speaking as a non-labour voter, it has not inspired a second glance from a liberal or floating vote.

    Jason (HomeGrown Outlaw)

    September 27, 2010 at 12:08 am

  8. Not a fan then keeptonyblairforpm?

    Fair enough on your points, although, with regards to the racist one I personally don’t have a problem with it, I think comments like that only take on a connotation of negativity once under strict review, if taken as a disposable comment, I don’t see any problem with it at all. Her background is West Indian, surely she is allowed personal commentaries on this. At no point did she knock any other creed. I don’t think racist by proxy because of ethnic pride is a good path to go down imo.

    As I hinted at though, I think Abbott and Burnham were more appealing to a non labour voter. I can see why they wouldn’t be welcomed by labour supporters though. Too much of a wild card/cards.


    September 27, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    • @ HomeGrownOutlaw – I kind of take the point re her words on pride, etc.

      Though I honestly, I really HONESTLY don’t think ANY caucasian mother in politics would say that kind of thing. Especially in this PC world where it seems some of us are held, most insultingly to all as I see it, to higher standards of PC-ness than others.
      Andrew Neil actually invited her to say that ALL Mums would die for their kids. She just kept saying “Andrew, Andrew…” There was no “of course”. She refused to agree with him in any way. West Indian Mums are cearly more self-sacrificing.

      She’s a nasty, or perhaps just dull piece of work, imho. Though I think her statement in my other link that “people who are bullied only have themselves to blame”, is worse. She’s a bullying racist, or a racist buly. Take your pick.

      I had no problem with her sending her son to a private school. None at all. That was before NEW Labour had improved schools by quite a way. Though as an educationalist myself I can tell you that the money spent did not always bring the results hoped for. It is a societal issue, and hard to legislate for. But that’s another matter.


      September 27, 2010 at 11:51 pm

  9. I’m with the outlaw.

    No1 Miliband=No2 Miliband=Faceless suit

    The pair of them have just been picked fresh from the Oxbridge Political Vegetable Garden. Recent prizewinners in the Best Dressed Marrow class at the Westminster Agricultural Show are Messrs Cameron, Osborne and Clegg – all from the same plot in the aforementioned allotment. To the untrained eye, these specimens are all virtually undistinguishable from each other. The keen vegetable observer, however, can spot minute differences in political hue as an aid to selection.


    September 27, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    • Wobbly Nobbly makes me laugh out loud again.

      Flobadob. Flobadob.

      Bill and Ben. Bill and Ben.

      Flowerpot men.

      All grown in the very best manure.

      Ooh Aah!

      Peter Reynolds

      September 27, 2010 at 10:42 pm

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