I was talking to someone shortly before yesterday lunchtime who claimed to have been at a party over the weekend. He said he saw Boris have a breakdown, wailing “it wasn’t supposed to be like this” Bollocks, I thought to myself, name dropping twat. Then an hour or so later, BoJo withdrew. Rather made me think it perhaps there was some truth in it. That said, maybe Gove just knifed him. Extraordinary behaviour either way. I’m rather pissed however, because the late withdrawal means we won’t now get Priti Patel who had backed him.
Teresa looks too much like a school teacher to me, when ever I see her I wonder if I’ve done my maths homework. Gove looks too ugly and weird. Superficial I know, but important in the TV/internet age. He’s very intelligent, but could he win an election (against someone credible) I didn’t take Stephen Crabb at all seriously, but in a rubbish field, he could well do something. Teresa is still bookies fave, but who knows?
That however, is not very amusing compared to the hilarious goings-on in the Laurel and Hardy tribute party formerly known as Labour. Now it is true that the reason for the existence of Labour is now in question. A party formerly based in the industrial heartlands, when no such lands exist anymore has problems. The Tories have triangulated Labour out of any sane manifesto pledges (you cannot possibly claim you’ll spend more than Osborne and be taken seriously, as Labour discovered when Rachel Reeves was shredded by Brillo one day). So really what is Labour for? Why does anyone positively vote for Labour? They face destruction and they don’t know how to address this. Even if they killed Corbyn, all you would get is an Eagle or Lisa Nandy, none strike me as great thinkers. Blairism is hopelessly discredited so no answers from the “right” of the party.
So a logical response would be a root and branch policy review and y’know, thought before dogma. However Labour elect a 67 year old Marxist who has a Maoist as chief of staff, who won’t resign despite 80% of his own MPs opposing him (can he imagine he can go into an election now?)
So if someone eventually stands against him and Corby gets on the ballot, he wins again. In which case, Labour either give up on 2020 completely and most of the MP’s sulk, hope they are not deselected and wait for 2025? Useless for the senior figures as by then they are too old.
Or they could do a modern SDP breakaway. Each option is horrible, you can’t have as a plan “do nothing for 9 years” Similarly, they will all remember the SDP’s fate.
If they didn’t let Corby onto the ballot paper, he would surely sue. In any event, the grassroots would go ballistic and deselect the centrist MP’s anyway. Both factions* would in truth like the Labour brand and each would like to boot out the other. And again, if they do let him on the ballot paper, he wins again.
So that leaves no opposition to speak of for the Conservatives, so needless to say, they will engage in a civil war of their own; with no credible predators on the horizon, one takes the opportunity to destroy one’s enemies in the party (and Brexit will make the 19th century Irish question look tame by comparison), this will be the real show in the next four years.
Unless, unless, unless there is an economic catastrophe (by no means impossible) in which case, a few idiots pop up on TV and say it’s all down to ‘capitalism’ and the herd votes Labour again. In which case PM Jezza if he hangs on. This would quickly usher in the final stages of the collapse as we became Northern Venezuela. Politics has become quite interesting again.