Thursday, October 20, 2005

Tories vote for Brown

Of course it was no surprise that the Conservative MPs would vote for Anyone But Ken, but in doing so, they have proven once again that they are incapable of getting past their internal politicking and simplistic right-wing ideology. MPs voted tactically for Liam Fox, a sort of Redwood-lite, just to eliminate The Beast, and showed overall support for a man described by one party member as "Iain Duncan Smith with hair".

Not that Clarke should have been given a clear run, or that he would have beaten Brown, but it is amazing how short-sighted the voters were in thinking about the message it sends. They knocked out the candidate with the most experience, the largest popular support, and the biggest scare factor for Brownite Labour.

So that leaves us with David Cameron, whose main qualification is that he is "Tory Blair". It looks like he's going to win, which is no bad thing. I'm not sure he is going to be much of a uniter of the two wings, nor does he have the dazzling media-savvy and public friendly policies that Blair developed to bully his own party into the 21st century.

And of course this only gets us to Cameron vs. Davis, at which point the blue-rinse over-70s will make their triennial mistake and vote for the grey man.

Oh well, it's not like Cameron would have had the bottle to implement some decent progressive ideas, such as a 20% flat tax and a market-driven NHS. May as well have Gordy until 2010, then the Lib Dems for a while, shortly after which I would think we'll be a suburb of Osama's Khilafah anyway...

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