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|Condemned Britain - 2 Years of Weak Government|
Corriere della Sera - May 4th 2008
This was the beginning of the end for Labour Party rule in
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After ten years waiting for his chance to become prime minister, sitting in the house next door to Tony Blair while acting as Britain’s finance minister, when Gordon Brown finally became prime minister last summer he seemed to have no real idea how to do the job or what he wants his government to achieve. He spent a lot of time talking about “change” and about avoiding the “spin” and publicity gestures for which Tony Blair was so widely criticised. Yet frequently in the past year he too has shown a strong desire for spin, media manipulation and empty publicity—except that unlike Tony Blair he is rather incompetent at doing it. And he has failed to define what sort of “change” he wants to bring.
That is why British voters, who can feel their economic fortunes are declining along with the value of their houses, have decided that they know what sort of change they want: they want a change of government. It is not that the Conservatives and their leader David Cameron are enormously popular. It is that they now look like a credible and acceptable alternative government. Labour meanwhile looks increasingly unacceptable and lacking credibility.
Labour’s only real remaining hope lies in
One other solution for Labour might be to change their party leader in the hope that a new, younger prime minister might prove more attractive. David Miliband, the foreign minister, is the most talked-about candidate. Yet unless Gordon Brown decides to resign this is unlikely to happen. A fight to remove him would risk making Labour even more unpopular, and the party’s leadership rules make it difficult to mount a challenge. So the likeliest outcome is that