I’ve been terribly uninspired about what to write about on this blog recently. What more is there to say about Gordon’s brown trouser moment? I’m dreadfully bored of it to tell you the truth.
The one thing that has interested me is that the narrative that is emerging is that Cameron has emerged from this in a strong position, with Gideon Osborne’s tax announcements being hailed as genius. This does rather smack of the same self-delusion and hubris that felled Brown. The only thing the Tories achieved last week was to squeak about a couple of modest policy announcements and to avoid a meltdown. The former is, admittedly, not something we have heard from them in literally years while the latter was a remarkable turn of events given the last 15 years, but what seems to be getting forgotten is that their current standing in the polls is no less a post-conference bounce than Labour’s was last week.
Something tells me that they’ll be back to their fun and games in no time. Jim Knight’s announcement about Grammar School ballots is calculated to engineer a Tory split. Perhaps it is too calculating and will thus fail to launch, but it is based on a sound premise: the Tory capacity for internecine warfare over minor issues is without limit. Sooner or later they will bite, and the party itself has already asserted its dominance over its weak and vacillating leader. Expect a few more lurches to the right over the next few months.
Anyway, blah blah blah, you’ve heard it all before no doubt. Apols for being so boring. But really, have you seen the material I’ve got to work with here? Good grief! I’m out of ideas – if you want me to blog about something, make a suggestion in the comments. Otherwise, all you’ll be getting is reviews of Buffy comics and 2000AD. You have been warned. Ta.