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I’ve only gone and got myself a proper website: oedipuslex.co.uk
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I think it is pretty much agreed by everyone, with the possible exception of Gordon Brown, that Labour are going to be trounced at the next election. I have an image in my head of a sort of last-days-of-the-Reich scenario with Brown sitting in his bunker while ministers run in with reports of Tory tanks entering London, but I digress. The question that has been plaguing me for a while now is this: What now for your left wing voter?
Conventional wisdom and an interview with Nick Clegg in today’s Independent suggests that many will be driven into the arms of the Liberal Democrats. Some to the Greens. This is probably a fairly safe assumption for the coming European/Local elections and may be true for the next general election, when it eventually comes. But then what? There will be countless voters who have voted nothing but Labour for generations with a real dilemma on their hands.
In many ways I think Brown should call an election as soon as possible. He won’t of course but I think it would be beneficial to the Labour party as a whole. Get the pain over with quickly without fooling yourselves there is any way you can win and re-group. Comparisons can be drawn between the Labour Party and Newcastle United; use the time in the lower division to get rid of an iffy leader and get a load of over-paid talentless whelps off your books. Sadly I think many voters are scarred so badly by the New Labour experience that the party is destined to years in the wilderness. They should, however, use this time wisely. Re-engage with the core, grass root support. Remember its proud history and re-take the moral high ground. The UK is now one of the only democracies to have no party of the working man (the US is of course debatable) and Nouveau-Labour should rectify this, immediately.
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