April 3, 2006

When will he go?

Filed under: Politics/News — 4fooey @ 10:57 pm

All the current signs suggest that Tony Blair will not be leader of the Labour Party, and hence the British PM, for very much longer. Either Blair will announce his resignation in the next month or so, or Gordon Brown will force a leadership contest. So within 3-6 months, it’s looking increasingly likely that the UK will have a new PM.

But why has Blair’s third term fallen apart so rapidly? Announcing that he was not standing as leader for a fourth general election was a major error; this immediately opened the door for his departure. Following the May 2005 election, his power started to seep away, which has been hastened by relentless media speculation and scandel mongering. The media en masse has fallen out of love with Mr Blair and have plotted against him since before Christmas. Then the party funding row. Basically, his time seems to be up…

But did anyone vote for Gordon Brown as PM? I have a suspicion that quite a lot of people do not like Brown, or they may feel he is tarnished with the same ‘New Labour’ brush, so how long he can hold on as PM, after Blair’s departure, remains to be seen. The UK population as a whole, egged on (or lead) by the media, seem to be erring towards a more fundamental change, rather than just a change of management.


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