Torygeddon is looming, as New Labour continues its deserved inexorable slide towards defeat......deploying my impressive gifts of foresight augmented with simultaneous hindsight I feel pretty confident that's how things will shake down over the next few months. It's not a pretty prediction, and like many commentators I am torn between a natural suspicion of the stench of privilege and patronage that permeates the Conservative party and a solid conviction that the failed New Labour experiment has to be stopped, dead in the water, as soon as possible; for the sake of our ragged and torn country.
Despite the looming head shot of electoral defeat, the one that will finally dispatch him to wherever the undead rest, Gordon Brown continues to stumble blindly (well perhaps just lacking depth perception) zombie like onwards; undeterred by putrefaction and disintegration he makes like it's "business as usual" in post apocalyptic "New Britain's Labour" - or wherever the fuck he thinks it is.
His speech at the ippr today will no doubt centre on a great new idea to ensure a glorious Labour future - electoral reform. It appears Mr Brown's intention is to rush through a preference voting system and a clamp down on non-UK taxpayers sitting in parliament. Whether a transferable preference voting system will benefit Labour long term is anybody's guess, although it is likely to divide his already fragmented party in the run up to the election. However the non-dom reforms will certainly punish the Conservatives in the short term, a cynical move that can be guaranteed universal approval, playing well to the anti-toff sentiments of traditional Labourighteous.
It appears to me that Labour are increasingly desperate to refresh their image in the run up to the election - this 'vote on a referendum on voting reform' is nothing more than a pointless attempt to play the "Labour's still working" card, despite the very opposite being considerably closer to the truth.
From memory no mention of these reforms were made in either the Queens Speech or Labour's legislative program - what has been mentioned, repeatedly, was an accountable and elected second chamber. Replacing the anachronistic House of Lords with an elected second house would constitute a considerably more significant contribution to democracy than any tweaks to the voting system, who knows perhaps ordinary people might even start voting again - would politicians want that?
Then again what does Gordon care for democratic process? He inherited his job...
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