September 30, 2004

Blair Wants Five More Years

Tony Blair wants another five years in charge - simultaneously dismissing Gordon Brown's chances of ever becoming Prime Minister, and arrogantly assuming his party and the country actually want him. Perhaps he forget when he said "if I get elected at the next general election" that we live in a party democracy not a presidential one. Moreover, given that Labour lost 19% of its vote at the Hartlepool by-election last night he ought not to assume that a win, of any kind, is guaranteed. Where that leaves Gordon Brown is unclear. It seems that Brown was not consulted on Blair's statement. Could it be that Blair is attempting to provoke Brown into doing something rash, like challenging him for the leadership of the party after the next General Election? Time will tell.