Gordon’s Finest Hour?

Forget the financial crisis. “The Navy’s here.” Brown calls up the Dunkirk spirit to rescue some of the 150,000 stranded Brits (Hey sorry about that you Irish passport holders. Or will Cowen send the Deirdre?) By the way can Ark Royal dock in Calais? I hope they’ve worked that one out. Remember that Gordon last topped the polls as Captain Flood, so can he do it again? There are tricky calls to make but does anybody seriously think a governmenrt is going to risk an airline disaster a fortnight before an election? Pity the poor Tories. With 18 days to go to the election, they refused to be interviewed on the Today programme. This simple sentence is the stark measure of the panic that’s seizing the two (former?) main parties. Brown and Cameron still haven’t adjusted. I’ve just been watching Cameron pleading for people “take responsibility in the Big Society” This electionspeak just isn’t convincing. Just now he’s suffered the indignity of being cut off by the BBC News channel attacking Brown in answer to a question fom their own Nick Robinson to go to a shot of the Cabinet Office door. Such is the power of the Prime Minister even at election time. Will the volcano prove to be a political blessing? While statesman Brown refuses to discuss any deal with the Lib Dems, Labour chief strategist Mandelson has been down and dirty, thinking ahead.

Lord Mandelson, who heads Labour’s campaign, criticised some Liberal Democrat policies but made clear that a coalition government would not be a disaster. It is the first time a senior Labour figure has spoken about a Lib-Lab coalition, in which Liberal Democrats would sit in a Brown Cabinet. In a memo to Labour members, Lord Mandelson said: “I am not against coalition government in principle and for Britain, anything would be better than a Cameron-Osborne government.”
The Secretary of State for Business said a two-party government would not be so stable without a “big unifying challenge”. He named that as constitutional change, urging Liberal Democrat supporters in 100 or so Labour-Tory marginal seats to vote Labour to secure reform of the voting system for Westminster.

The next Leaders’ debate on foreign affairs allows Clegg to stick to it to Brown over “ letting our boys down” in Afghanistan. No sign of an Alamein there. While voting for Lib Dems in Labour-Tory marginals means “Vote Clegg get Cameron.” The Clegg bubble is proving as hard to deal with as a cloud of ash in the sky. Could the leaders be faced with the ultimate horror of being forced to debate the full range of choice facing voters?

  • articles

    Alternatively, couldn’t Gordo call to arms the caravanners of Harry, England and St. George and invade France. Win win all round.

  • DC
  • Panic, these ones like it up em.

    David probably could’nt concentrate on the black man’s story what with not having much dealings with black people previously.

    At least Posh Boy David is getting to meet the diversity of the British populace.

    Mind you his friends in the North are still a bit distant with the catholic population.

  • Panic, these ones like it up em.

    Gordon should position himself at the helm of one of these rescue ships with a suitable captains/admirals hat atop.

    Some Phallic guns at the ready could’nt do any harm could they.

  • DC

    Ah, the next debate is on foreign affairs – good.

    Because David Cameron can explain this then:

    http://blog.davidmiliband.info/?p=178

  • I particularly appreciated Gordon Brown’s use of “we” (repeatedly, I believe) in the context of the increased services being selflessly (huh?) provided by Eurostar and the ferries.

    Surely, though, the duffest suggestion has to be in Theresa Villiers’ “eight-point plan”: bring out the piston-engined aircraft. Can someone inform me where they are (apart from museums), what their capacity would be, whether they have CAA certificates, whether they would pass muster at airports, and any other choice bits of info? I’d really fancy fifteen hours in a Liberator, calling at Shannon and Gander.

    As for Mr Snow’s inflatables (just the thing for a crossing of thirty km of open sea, with children and luggage) showing the “Dunkirk spirit” at Calais, was that publicity for himself or for the Telegraph?

  • Neil

    DC,

    interesting links. Underlines for me what an odious man he is, one who will say anything to get to power. I only hope the wheels truly fall off the wagon, as he continues to show his depth of thought, spitting out the word ‘change’ repeatedly and attacking Brown for being unsexy.

  • Greenflag

    A Labour Liberal coalition is probably a safer bet for the British people than either a narrow Tory majority or a narrow Labour majority .

    For those ‘British ‘ people in NI i.e our Unionist fellow islanders such a result could lead to even further off shore marginalisation. And whereto the galloping saviour whiter than OMO knights of UCUNF ?

    The knackers yard for political throwaways beckons .

  • DC
  • Neil

    LOL I reckon he got flustered when faced with an out and out homosexual. Call me Dave’s not a bit worried about Grayling’s apparant preparedness to break the law. Strange though, given there are a few homosexuals in the Tory party from what I can gather.