Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:54 pm Post subject: The Chretienification of Tony Blair [updated Oct 14/06].
Updated Oct 14/06: I doubt if Tony Blair can survive past Christmas. Even a lame duck leader would have been able to fire Gen. Richard Dannat after he directly contradicted the Prime Minister. Instead, the PM was forced to tailor his own message, and agree with his General presumably in order to prevent the possibility of (at least an internet) mutiny in the ranks. What a public humiliation!
New Labour, meet old style power politics.
As some of you who read the British press may already know, the British Labour Party is getting ready to spear the recently unpopular Prime Minister Blair. As the leader who brought the party back from oblivion in 1997, Tony Blair has been resisting the palace coup and has refused to set a date certain for his departure.
I will confess that I have never been a great admirer of Tony Blair. I have often found him just a bit too polished, and at times, bordering on smarmy. However, the man's record as a proven vote getter - and probably the best debater in the world (see some of his PMQ performances) - cannot be in dispute.
Nowr, the jig appears to be up. The Labour Party backbenchers - some of whom undoubtably aspire to be in Brown's cabinet - are getting restless. They are worried that the youthful new Conservative leader Cameron is going to spank them at the polls. The public calls, leaks, and now resignations are all probably designed to reach a crescendo at the upcoming Labour annual convention.
It appears that Mr. Blair might be getting ready to set a fixed date - some say it would be in July 2007 to mark his 10th anniversary as PM - for his resignation. This would set the stage for a leadership race widely expected to be a coronation of the Chancellor of the Exchequer (their Finance Minister), Gordon Brown.
We have seen this movie before. Finance Minister pushes PM to quit. PM refuses. FM's supporters start publicly whining. PM finally sets a long goodbye date.
Gordon Brown is no Paul Martin, but can he truly restore Labour's lost glory? Are the slipping poll numbers a function of Tony Blair, or are they the result of a party being too long in power and too eager to govern through press releases and photo-ops?
Ironic, isn't it? One day, you are the toast of the nation. And the next, you are just toast.
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Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 11:17 pm Post subject: Deconstructing "whack jobs"
That was the whole point of the Blair/Brown "New Labour" project. However, after a decade in power, the "New" part appears to have gone, and the trade unions have begun to flex their muscles once again.
Paradoxically, the EU project may be strengthening the hands of unions all over Western European nations as they fan the fears of losing high paying unionized jobs to cheaper Eastern European workers immigrating (or commuting) to UK, France and Germany.
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The Chretienification of Tony Blair [updated Oct 14/06].