Friday, 7 November 2008

Glenrothes not a bad result

A couple of months ago Team Cameron didn't have to try too hard; they just had to be Not Gordon. Cameron himself let slip a few 'when we form a government' and 'our government' type nostrums. There was something rather irritating about this. He'd dismissed Dan Hannan and Douglas Carswell's 'Plan' as being nowhere on his agenda, and made clear he was following a strategy of, erm, Not Being Gordon. And not much more. This wasn't terribly hopeful for a committed Localist, a luke-warm Libertarian and a natural-born Tory such as moi. I mean, of course I'm going to vote Team Cameron - because he's not Gordon - but it would be nice to have something to look forward to apart from a continuation of State Centralism, a dying metropolitan-focused party duopoly and the slow corrosion of democratic engagement.

If Glenrothes has put a lump of ginger in Dave's arse then all to the good. If he does something about his horribly weak front bench even better. And if Dave summons the energy to query whether he should formulate some policies, then it will be a real result. If he takes the lads' 'Plan' home for a weekend read, then the lost deposit at Glenrothes will not have been in vain.

And unlike The Dude, a few grinning lefties doesn't discommode me. I just think of the one paragraph Bill that will reverse the Hunting Act, the mass redundancy of IT consultants working on the ID card scheme and scores of gobshite Labour MPs filling out their Housing Benefit forms, and my world is lit with sunshine.


Anonymous said...

The media have made a mistake in presenting Glenrothes as a win for Labour.

Glenrothes is Labour's heartiest of heartlands, right next door to Brown's own seat, a place which should guarantee five figure majorities for the Labour Party.

Instead their majority was halved - halved despite personal visits by pretty much every Cabinet minister, halved after promises of extra money for the area and the transfer of government jobs, halved after an unprecedented visit by a sitting Prime Minister.

Glenrothes was no victory. It showed that even in the heartland, even in the dwindling areas whose interests Labour claims to serve, even there, where Labour claims to draw its mandate, the party is in retreat.

The fact that Labour even had to fight this election instead of simply assuming victory is a sign of Labour's disarray.

And it might be worth checking some of the unusually large number of postal votes made in Glenrothes...

Bill Quango MP said...

Anon.. have read elsewhere of the large postal vote.
but if it were true surely Mr Salmond would have asked for an investigation?

I wouldn't put it past them, and the sudden swing was rather odd, but the SNP now seem to be saying "we just said we were doing well to try and keep the Labour voters from bothering to turn up"

weird, weird strategy.
Did you note the level of dirty fighting and dirty tricks Mr R?

I think Osbourne needs to be "shadow minister for something that isn't going to be the main plank of the election" and someone else bought in.
Tories also need a Luca Brasi from somewhere.

Anonymous said...

Labour has pulled postal fraud elsewhere and got away with it. They were caught doing it in Birmingham at the last general election and it's been an open secret for the past eleven years that in Glasgow South (especially the Pollokshields area) Labour operatives apply for postal voting forms on behalf of non-English speakers, gather them up and then fill them in.

In modern Britain, where the police, judiciary and legal authorities are so heavily politicised, it's not really difficult for the ruling party to get away with this kind of thing. Moreover, when matter absolutely cannot be hidden (as in Birmingham), the affair is presented as human error or honest mistakes or, at worst, misbehaviour on the part of one or two individuals.

Anonymous said...

Quite right about the postal voting. Despite the widespread - and widely-known-about - fraud and corruption, NuLab makes every effort to increase postal voting takeup, which itself should tell use something.

But wrong about Glenrothes.

This seat should have been the SNP's for taking, and for Labour to pull this off at the fag-end of their third term, when six weeks ago they wer 25% behind in UK-wide polls, is pretty remarkable.

It shows that the Tories need to get their arse into gear, and soon.

And Osbourne has to go. He's useless, and now damaged.