Big beast Blair returns from the bush to battle for Brown…

In Current affairs, Politics on April 30, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Is he really that colour?

Jeez, it must be getting serious. Gordon Brown has stuffed things up so badly that an unfeasibly orange Tony Blair had to return from safari and tell voters it’s the policy that matters, not the personality.

Quite true. While the debates have been an entertaining diversion and given us a view of a third alternative, the three main parties have failed to deliver on the key point. How will the big bills be paid off and where are we going to feel the pinch hardest?

Brown’s “bigot” remark should be left alone. Gillian Duffy is probably not be a bigot, but she was in essence saying that Eastern Europeans are coming to Britain and taking jobs off locals. These conversations usually start with the words: “I’m not a racist but…..” Brown’s biggest error was to allow himself to be stuck with a radio microphone when he wasn’t on air – and his aides should take full blame for that. Sloppy man management. Do you think David Cameron or Nick Clegg don’t air their views in the privacy of the car after talking to the great unwashed?

So, Tony Blair rides to the “rescue”. In part he must be doubled over with laughter at Gordon’s misfortune. He must also be furious that the campaign has been derailed at so late a juncture, somewhere in there we think he does actually like the Labour Party.

We have a week to go. Things could get nasty. Opinion polls will narrow. Newsdesks that have never covered an election in their lives will shriek at any minor development and demand ridiculous non-news stories be written. We will be swamped with this stuff. Every one of Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers will be making David Cameron out to be the great messiah. The Daily Mail will do the same. If you’re an “undecided” don’t be fooled by all of this.

Mrs fullandfrankexchange reminded me a moment ago of the words of the Bard of Barking, Billy Bragg.

“Those braying voices on the right of the House are echoed down the Street of Shame”

“Where politics mix with bingo and tits in a strictly money and numbers game”

He goes on:

“When you wake up to the fact that your paper is Tory

“Just remember, there are two sides to every story.”

But we will have a quiet moment when there will be no campaigning, no spin, no nonsense.

Sit down, think about what the parties are offering. Get your polling card, go out on Thursday….

and vote.

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