Comment at end
17th May 2010
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John Burton, Blair’s former agent: “After his farewell speech at Trimdon Labour Club in May, 2007, Tony told me he knew he would have been able to deal with Conservative leader David Cameron at the next General Election, but he didn’t believe Gordon would have it in him.”
Have you been checking back here to see if I’ve said “I told you so”? It felt sort of surplus to requirements. And I’m not the gloating type.
But I have noticed very few of our beloved press mentioning the missing factor in recent Labour party/government history. No mention of the unmentionable. Wonder why? So, to compensate for their omissions, and especially for Labour voters or Blair supporters (not mutually exclusive, nor necessarily the same thing) –
I TOLD YOU SO
The Milibandians (David – ‘Blairite’ who is now moving on from NewLabour) of either MiliBRAND (Ed – ‘Brownite’ who wants to win back Blair voters!?) can go on all they like in their confused and confusing way about New Labour, Labour, Old Labour, Next Labour, Neo-New Labour, Progressive Labour, Labour Plus+Plus A Bit More etc.
It won’t detract from my conviction that if Tony Blair had still been running things on his birthday, which just happened to be May 6th (and I DID warn Gordon), they would have been washing down the remainder of his 57th birthday cake with champagne on the evening of May 7th in Number 10 Downing Street.
Instead, 57 Lib Dems are keeping the Cameroons & themselves in power, and washed-up Labour is washing down their party.
So, in case you were on the moon last week and missed it, what happened in the general unelection?
- Labour lost the election.
- The Conservatives failed to win the election.
- The Liberal Democrats did worse for seats (though less than 1% better for votes than they did in 2005, when Blair won despite the press-unpopular Iraq war fallout.)
Then what happened?
- Mr Cameron realised his minority government would collapse after a short time, because the Lib Dems & Labour would vote it down at some stage. (Yes, I did say the Lib Dems.)
Then what happened?
- David Cameron climbed into bed with the enemy, the Lib Dems, pretending insisting it was a principled move for good, steady, secure government. Oh, and for FIVE years, confidence or not!
- Nick Clegg, Lib Dem leader was willing to also forget his principles, and all the reasons he wasn’t a Tory. For the sake of the country, you understand. (Read Clegg on the rights of the ‘3rd party’, on Labour & on the Tories.)
- Nicely, Nicely entered a “coalition” with Dastardly Dave and got a plum job as Deputy PM. This is going to be secured by altering the constitution & by appointing 172 new ConDem peers to the Lords! Yes, this is Lib-Demmery/Conservative openness, principles, honesty and values. But NOT as we expected it, Jim.
- Some of Clegg’s senior colleagues spat blood: Vince Cable and former party leaders Paddy Ashdown and Charles Kennedy. But they have decided to bite their bleedin’ lips, at least for now.
Back to where I was. The bit about not liking to tell you I TOLD you so –
I TOLD YOU SO –
Examples from the last four years of my know-it-all wisdom. I could write a book; probably have.
- I TOLD you in September 2006 when Brown insisted that the knives in Blair’s back weren’t his (Brown’s) – Coup – Brown: “Nuffink to do wiv me, Guv”
- I TOLD you in August 2007 – Blair’s Successor – Leadership
- I TOLD you in May 2008 with this brilliant Rory Bremner video on Brown in search of a successor (T Blair?)
- I TOLD you in November 2009 when Alastair Campbell spoke on Brown/Obama/Afghanistan & leadership (?)
- I TOLD you in March 2010 when I asked Will non-voting “Worcester Woman” lose it for Brown AND Cameron?
And when personality issues were raise – emotional intelligence, temperament etc –
- I TOLD you 3 times in February this year – Rawnsley & his rounds with the Clunking Fist (egged on by Brown’s ‘colleagues’)
- and Brown in denial: I didn’t shout “you ruined my life” to my dear friend Tony
- and Blair “ruined” Brown’s life? – aka – “allowed him to work next door for far too long”
When serious bullying allegations were mentioned
I TOLD you, more than once-
- October 2007 – Tony Blair: “I feel like an abused and bullied wife”
- and in February 2010 – National Bullying Helpline: Brown’s No 10 staff concerns over temper and bullying by PM
When the lack of intestinal fortitude in the Labour party was highlighted AGAIN, even this year –
- I TOLD you in January this year, when it was clear no-one in the Labour party had enough muscle to go in for the heavy lifting removal business – REVOLT! Last chance call to remove Brown? Any chance THIS time?
- And also in that month I put it a different way, hoping the timid MPs might notice – ‘Seize the Day’, Brown’s Virtual Assassins Urge Mandelson
- And in April 2010 – where comedy mirrored truth – What Labour bigwigs REALLY thought of Brown’s 1st TV debate (video)
- Also in April when the “Blair Plus” Mandelson reminded us – Mandelson & Ed Balls on the “ghost” of Tony Blair? “What?” squeals Brown’s main man!
I hate to go on, but there have been so many clues –
- Brown Stuff
- Brown – damned with faint Mandelsing
- March 2007 – Brown – Is he up to “New, New Labour”
- Brown and Iraq
- Honest to Gord! I don’t do Spin or Populism …
- Stalin v Brown
“On September 6, 2006, the headlines – about an acrimonious meeting between Blair and Brown over when Tony would step down – made grim reading. He was staring down the barrel of a shotgun, and the finger on the trigger was Gordon’s.
Ten years of brooding had boiled over. His message was blunt: ‘Do as I say, or you’ll be bundled from office.’
The next day, Tony announced he’d stand down within a year. Then, after all the threats and the shouting, Gordon and his allies got cold feet and denied plotting a coup.
They had chipped away at Tony for years, but nothing matched this ridiculous behaviour – trying to oust a constitutionally elected Prime Minister. If it had happened in a Third World country, politicians worldwide would have condemned it.
After his farewell speech at Trimdon Labour Club in May, 2007, Tony told me he knew he would have been able to deal with Conservative leader David Cameron at the next General Election, but he didn’t believe Gordon would have it in him.” (MY BOLDING)
AND NEW NEW LABOUR/NEXT LABOUR /BLAIRLESS/BROWNLESS LABOUR OR WHATEVER THE HELL IT IS? So far, so uninspiring.
- Ed Balls admits Labour did not have enough answers for voters – Oh, NOW he notices!
- David Miliband warns that re-creating New Labour is not the way back:
Excerpt: “New Labour was a reaction to the 1980s but it was trapped by the 1980s. Anyone who thinks that the future is about re-creating New Labour is wrong. I think we’ve got to use this period to decisively break with that. What I’m interested in is Next Labour.”
FGS. Gimme a break.
This video is from the YouTube Channel of Tom Harris MP (and proud Blairite, whatever THAT is/was.)
Tom Harris’s blog – “And another thing…” (sounds like me.)
By the way, shortly before the polls closed on May 6th, and NONE of us had seen the exit poll pointing to a hung parliament I re-ran this – Death of glue-less, clueless Labour & Wikipedia entry 2050
P.S. I TOLD YOU SO
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