Sunday, 4 May 2008
Reading through the avalanche of comment on Labour's terrible showing in the local elections last week one thing struck me. Lots of people keep sayingt that at least things can't get much worse (in much the same way as they used to keep telling us not to underestimate Gordon Brown). But why not? Blair-ism, to which Brown is really the inheritor, might turn out to be somethinglike Gaullism, a political movement built around a single personality. Without Blair, it might just collapse, much as Gaullism collapsed without the General. After all, it doesn't really represent anyone, nor does it have any genuine values or beliefs. If the Lib Dems were smart, which they aren't, they would realise there is a massive opportunity to make themselves the party of the centre left whilst Brown takes Labour into meltdown.