What? So 40% want Tony Blair to go?
How dreadful! The latest ICM poll shows that 40% of the electorate want Tony Blair to go now. I was never too great at maths but doesn’t that mean that 60% want him to stay?
Granted that another 10% want him to go by May, but that’s still only 50% who want him to go at all!
I must be missing something here, but this doesn’t sound too much like the unpopular Prime Minister that we keep hearing about. For goodness sake, it’s normal for any PM to be much more unpopular than this in their third term of government – well, those who are able to say that they got as far as three terms of government.
I don’t imagine for a moment that Mr Blair would stay as PM if this humble little blog got several million positive replies. Think of the atmosphere around the cabinet table as they all plotted how they could plot better next time without anyone noticing. Consider the sound of scuffling back-stepping on statements made and positions taken in these last few weeks and months as the PM shuffles his cabinet. Imagine the expressions on the faces of some of his senior colleagues whose ambitions have been scuppered again.
It’s all too, too sweet to contemplate. Real politik in action.
But, unfortunately, I’m sure that that little piece of theatre will not be played out in front of us, much as I’d love to see it.
The aim here is just to let our voices be heard, so that next time they plan and orchestrate a coup, they’d better be more sure of themselves and their ground.
Being realistic and in the full expectation that this little blog will make little difference – the Labour party’s MPs have one choice at the moment. If they want to get rid of Tony Blair they should do it in a dignified and constitutional fashion and call a vote of no confidence in his leadership.
The whole Parliamentary Labour party would then need to vote against the PM since the Conservatives and Lib Dems will take a strategic position and support him “as the country’s premier”. Then they will need to stand up and be counted. Those who support the PM in association with the opposition parties will need to number enough to outvote the main body of the party. I wonder?
Tony Blair is still suffering the backlash against his Iraq policy and his close association with President Bush. And yet, still 50% of the voters don’t want him to leave!