05 October, 2006

Nasty party

The Tories will not win the next General Election.

They are being led by a man who's fighting the battles of ten years ago and who's trying to paint himself as "Blair's heir" (his words, not mine), neither of which will induce enough members of the public to vote for him or his party come polling day.

David Cameron's performance at the Conservative Party conference this week was a wispishly constructed PR exercise from start to finish. It's utterly self-deluding and counter-productive to make a virtue out of not outlining policies, not least because when he does start outlining them people will already have grown bored of his voice and won't be listening. In other words, let's hope he goes on speaking about what he's not going to do rather than what he is, and hence discourage more people from giving the Tories the benefit of the doubt.

Then there's the Shadow Chancellor George Osborne, a man only 33 years old yet a man trying to take over the running of the nation's public finances. His utter inexperience and remote sensibilities will fortunately see to it that he never gains office - either that or his spectacular lack of self-awareness, as demonstrated by his branding Gordon Brown "autistic".

Deep down the Tories are, of course, still utterly divided: over Europe, over tax, over state education, over the NHS and over defence. The same old fissures will open up as the months go by and MPs feel less obliged to fall in behind Cameron and tolerate his endless platitudes.

If all that wasn't enough, any relief at the prospect of seeing Tony Blair out of office will have been used up way before the election when the man steps down of his own accord. As such there will be little impetus to "kick out" the incumbent Prime Minister at the next election given they'll have only been in office a couple of years.

Not that any of this excuses the fallabilities of Labour and the fact they have frippered away all the goodwill upon which they were carried into power in 1997. It's just that, at the same time, the opposition will neither deserve nor have the ability to effect enough of a defeat at the ballot box to kick them out next time around. Which, depending on how you look at it, is either an enormous boon or...an enormous boon.


Anonymous Peter said...

Out of interest, will you be voting for the joke that is the Labour Party next time around (not that you'll reply) or is it Ming's party of old age pensioners and alcoholics ?

11:34 pm  
Blogger Alistair Myles said...

Neither. I'll vote for the Greens.

9:20 am  

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