Dreaming the Dream of Opposition…

Aaronovitch captures in one sound bite the underlying problem facing the Labour Party… The DUP have long since made good their the relations with Gordon Brown, which makes good sense since the Tories won’t get a crack at government for another three years or so… But, if this public tiff continues and hardens, his place in Labour history may be largely confined to his solid stewardship of the economy…

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

  • IJP

    Solid stewardship of the economy, Mick?

    Let’s come back to that three years hence…!

  • Mick Fealty

    Cameron certainly will. Spending is certainly an issue. But he has, in one inspired act of outsourcing, rid future chancellor’s of the nasty headache of having to manage macro economic conditions. As I’ve said before, I suspect he will loose what Labour has in the south of England on his stealth taxation strategy.

    But the rest I’ll leave to better economic minds than mine to conjecture upon.

  • Crataegus

    Rising interest rates, some indication of rising unemployment, a property market that will inevitably run out of steam and how close will that be to the next election? You can see why the back benchers are unsettled. They need to be rid of Blair and the pack of lies factor to shore up activist support. Supporters staying at home is the biggest threat to Labour as there doesn’t seem much of an upturn for the Conservatives in the North.

    As for Brown he has been a chancellor with a lucky run, though he is fairly exact and capable. He is certainly well on top of his brief. Do you blame him on the stealth taxes or the government’s need to raise funds for its expenditure? One advantage of Brown as PM is his attention to detail, something sadly lacking with Blair who seems to think saying something is the same as getting it done. But on the other had Brown, perhaps wrongly, strikes one as control orientated, perhaps overly so?

  • micheal

    The underlying problem facing the Labour party is that it is lead by a war criminal who leads a cabinet of war criminals.

  • slug

    Plus points: Public services such as the health service, transport, and primary education have improved, as a result of more money, and we have a good monetary policy framework with an independent central bank and a total lack fo currency crices.

    Downsides: we are higher in tax and there is a lot of hidden unemployment in the regions of the UK. There hasn’t been much by way of growth in productivity.

  • heck


    I totally agree with you. We have our problems in Nor Iron but in the worldview they are minor. What Blair and Bush are doing it the Middle East is really serious.

    The New Yorker reported that the pentagon is drawing up plans to attack Iran’s underground atomic facilities with low-level nuclear weapons. At the moment we need a united world community to stop such a thing. I would bet that the US (or its surrogate Israel) will attack Iran before the end of bush’s term in office.

    If I had a vote in the British elections I would vote for the monster raving Looney party before I would vote labour.

  • lib2016

    I’m fascinated by the remark about the DUP and Brown. Is there any evidence of this? My impression has been that no-one anywhere in the world with the exception of a few deluded souls in South Carolina and the BNP or whatever it’s called nowadays wants anything to do with any branch of unionism.

    Now we get a claim that the group led by the most notorious of them all are close to a leading British politican. It would be nice to have this substantiated.