Polly Today

Her defence of El Gordo:

Not a bad social democratic agenda.

And she\’s right, in terms of social democracy it isn\’t a bad agenda. There\’s only one teensie little problem with it though. Britain seems not, at heart, to be a social democratic country.  Thus the offering of a social democratic agenda just ain\’t gonna win over the populace.

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  1. And yet more:

    If an election happened now, more Labour MPs would fall than would survive: the ship would go down with 177 drowned and just 174 survivors. From the cabinet Jack Straw, Alistair Darling, Jackie Smith, Ed Balls, John Hutton, Ruth Kelly and John Denham would all lose their seats. Some senior figures warn of the end of Labour in an electoral wipeout leaving a near-bankrupt party with virtually no MPs, councillors or MEPs to hold the straggling bands of activists together.

    Please. Yesterday, if practical 🙂

  2. “…because a Cameroonian landslide with no opposition whatsoever would be brilliant news, obviously.”

    ;-). Ah well, generally when people complain of how bad it is for democracy for an opposition to be weak, it is because they think the opposition should have won. If their team is in, then there is no problem with a weak oppostion.

  3. @Chris,

    There are problems with arrogance if the majority is too great (as in the Blair / Brown governments), because there simply aren’t enough principled politicians off of the payroll vote to stop bad laws being made.

    Equally, there are problems with minority or near minority administrations as pathetic troublemakers (i.e., of course, principled politicians who I disagree with) can hold the government programme to ransom (as in the second Major government.)

    Where, exactly, the GCF’s bribery of the DUP fits in to this, I am not exactly sure.

    Too be honest, I suspect that a lot of the Scottish MPs returned next time (possibly even a majority) will be SNP. And I am not at all opposed to their being a significant number (despite their euro-lunacy) of ilLib-Dims on the benches.

    The sheer glee I would feel at the quintuple decimation of nu-Lab’s poodles is nothing to do with my opinions about Parliamentary checks on Executive power or the problems that a 100+ majority would cause for the frankly loose coalition of rabid ferrets, euro-weenies and pale green poli-scoundrels that appear to inhabit the current Tory party.

  4. I do see John B’s point to an extent (not often that happens!) As someone who wants to see Government do as little as possible, I don’t think any Governing party having too strong a majority is a good thing.

    But lately I’ve come to feel it doesn’t actually matter, because they really are all the same. The Government effectively has a majority of [all the seats in the House of Commons – a few independents].

    One could switch to the Lib Dems on the basis that they might make a better, more liberal, less control-freakish opposition than NuLab. But then I am reminded of their views on the EU, which makes much of that irrelevant!

  5. “Look calmly at his first year and see the good done: the climate change bill alone in the world sets legal carbon limits; a bus renaissance will follow re-regulation, as in London; the NHS is doing well – average waits are only four weeks, and the public are noticing; in the toughest budget, £1bn was found for poor children. Not a bad social democratic agenda. Give him longer and he’ll make his message clearer.”

    This is the “good”?
    BTW-if the “average wait” for NHS is really 4 weeks and that means what I assume-for treatment-that is “doing well”? What was it prior?

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