Friday, May 27, 2005

Polly Says DD Could Beat Labour

Now entertain conjecture of a time
When creeping murmur and the poring dark
Fills the wide vessel of the universe.

Yes, Pol's been reading the tea-leaves again.

And she's come up with something truly gothically horrific. You see, it's quite possible that DD could lead the Tories to victory at the next election.

Entertain conjecture of this for size:

'...a global economic plunge. If unemployment were rising and spending squeezed, with Labour unable to persuade voters that public services had improved enough, then "time for a change" could be an election winner for the Tories. Remember Labour's perilous 36% vote, with 40 seats hanging by a thread and boundary changes handing the Tories another 12.'

In that changed climate, even an unmodernised, nasty Tory party could win.'

Which appalling prospect carries a very clear message for Labour:

'That's why no one should indulge in hopes that they choose the worst candidate again. The worst currently on offer is David Davis.'

Pol's pretty certain that DD is the worst because, as readers of my first blog will be well aware, she will have heard it straight from our own modernisers.

"If it's him, we're dead," said one moderniser, groaning at the prospect that Davis would do as the last three did: present himself as a reformed character, modern, gay-friendly and caring. But when the awkward experiment with new language brings no instant reward, he too would retreat to the comfort zone where the Tories fought the last election - in sulphurous clouds of fear, crime, immigration, Europe and mayhem.

But if times were bad, even Davis might win on those old graveyard issues.'

Crumbs. She didn't mention the eye of newt and wossname of bat, but they must be in there somewhere.

No wonder Pol wants a moderniser to win the leadership:

'If the Tories were genuinely purged of privatising mania and committed to public services, Labour should celebrate a tug-of-war victory at having hauled them away from Thatcherism and US neocon fixation on to moderate terrain. Howard may have lost, but he still spread virulent cynicism and poisoned the political and racial air: never again would be good for the country.

A more credible opposition may scare Labour, but politics without an opposition is one hand clapping. Labour was at its best in the election when suddenly affrighted, sharpening its sense of purpose. And it can't stay in power for ever.'

Although in Pols' world, it would make no difference if the Tories did replace Labour. The new boss really would be the same as the old boss.

He's got 'em worried though, hasn't he?
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