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May 7, 2005

Elections have a way of sealing political futures.

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Things are moving fast. Michael Howard has gone. His resignation speech. The Conservatives have some problems to overcome before they can return to power, as they have not done the hard work to develop a policy agenda that would appeal to the middle ground. Theirs was a politics based on dirty hospitals, filthy criminals and smelly immigrants and gypsies.

And Tony Blair? He has credibility problems and is next for the chop:

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It will be bye bye Tony Blair in a year or so. He is damaged goods, as he was too content to remain George Bush's lapdog, use dodgy intelligence to make the case for war and continue to spin on Iraq for too long. Gordon Brown, the current Chancellor, will replace him, as a result of a pact made during the election campaign. Will Brown be the Tailgate Charlie of an exhausted Labour government?

The Liberal Democrats made some gains against Labour. So Charles Kennedy is safe, as by shifting to the left on the war and Blair's market-orientated reforms of higher education, he obtained more seats and ballots than four years ago, But the Lib Dems much heralded "decapitation strategy" against senior Tories fizzed. Does that mean they will have to move back to the centre with the Conservatives?

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 8:06 PM | | Comments (0)
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