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The Laz Word...on the trouble with Gordon

Or why Brown's determination for Number 10 could signal the end of the party this Thursday

Published on May 4th 2010.


The Laz Word...on the trouble with Gordon

MILLIONS of us will dutifully go to polling stations on Thursday to participate in our so-called democratic process.

Once he went unchallenged for the leadership, the die had been cast – Brown’s acceptance speech could well turn out to be Labour’s suicide note.

Yet the future rule will not be determined by the Queen, or any of the three party leaders.

It will be down to a handful of political wheeler-dealers broking a pact to keep the wheels of government turning.

Such a conundrum became inevitable as soon as Gordon Brown was crowned successor to Tony Blair as Prime Minister.

Brown was probably the best man to steer UK Inc through the stormy waters that lay ahead.

The reality is Brown is the right man at the wrong time: put simply Gordon doesn’t resonate with the public. On paper he’s good, on the screen – well let’s say he’s got a great face for radio.

Simon Cowell would have had a far better chance of leading Labour to a fourth term of office. Even fellow Scot Susan Boyle would have stood a better chance.

Brown’s determination to flit from 11Downing Street to the house next door could well condemn Labour to the political wilderness for a generation.

History may well show the only hope for Labour was for Gordon Brown, voluntarily, to decide he’d stand aside and let some body else become PM.

Once he went unchallenged for the leadership, the die had been cast – Brown’s acceptance speech could well turn out to be Labour’s suicide note.

Despite Labour staring at third place, Brown could remain as tenant of No 10. It depends on the number of seats won by Cameron – 310 of the 650 and he’ll claim the crown, 300 or less and the Westminster bun fight begins.

Labour could form an alliance with the Lib Dems with Nick Clegg and Vince Cable at the First Breakfast at No 10 in the Cabinet Room.

Recruiting Cable would be a master stroke for Labour – he has the confidence of the nation as a safe pair of hands.

The price for such an alliance will be the biggest shake-up in the voting system for over 100 years, the Lib Dems’ Holy Grail of Proportional Representation.

It would propel the Lib Dems into the very front line of politics, but would also reduce, perhaps forever, the chances of a majority government.

If Cameron wins enough seats on Thursday we would see a Conservative Government installed. And that would leave Labour and the Lib Dems wiping away each others tears, and wondering what could have been.

My own prediction? Truthfully, I don’t know. We are entering unchartered waters. Look at the old newsreels showing PMs of old and you realise that in today’s era of X-Factor style, Hello/OK!-celebrity, starry-faced a-listers, most of the PMs of old would have been “sent home”.

Meanwhile if ever there was a time for Labour members and supporters to rally the troops for Gordon, it is now.

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