Thursday, 7 January 2010

The Labour Leadership Letter

So Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt have co-authored a letter to Labour MPs asking for a secret vote to determine whether Gordon Brown stays labour leader or not.

Forgive me if I don't cheer.

Yes, I want Gordoom out of number 10, but to replace an unelected and unpopular leader with yet another unelected leader is for me, the supreme arrogance. If Labour MPs want a change of leader, then they should call for a vote of no confidence and trigger a general election. Yet again, instead they cast you and me, the voters of the UK aside and declare the unilateral right to impose a leader upon us.

Enough is enough. Labour MPs should stop griping and grow some fucking balls. Do whatever is necessary for your party's sake and the sake of the country. End this pitiful mess, relieve Gordoom from his misery and give us, the people that fucking put you where you are now the chance to say who we want running the show.

Far be it from me to point out this could be another of Mandelson's theatrical specials in motion. Winning a secret ballot of MPs would serve a number of purposes: Gordoom could be promoted as a strong, revitalised leader after winning the backing of his party, it gives a sense that he's been elected (except its only by MPs not by us of course) and given some sort of mandate, MPs can look happy and rally round Gordoom with their rictus grins. The electorate would no doubt fall for the hype, but I do wonder how many times the Gordon Brown brand can be repackaged. I mean, he's been the saviour of the world, he's been getting on with the job, he's promised British Jobs for British Workers..... he's had more makeovers than Madonna.

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