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The slow death of New Labour

Matthew Parris, the former Conservative MP, is always extremely readable. Writing about the situation in which Gordon Brown and his government now find themselves, Parris has this to say in today's Times:

This is pathetic. This is toe-curlingly awful. This is so abjectly, senselessly broken-backed that it almost isn't interesting to watch. I've seen poisoned rats die slowly, too, and after a while the spectacle loses the appeal even of the macabre.

I agree. The collapse of Brown's government (and his leadership credentials) is hypnotic but it's not what I would call exciting. It resembles an ultra slow-motion car crash. You can't help watching but if you've got a life you want things to speed up a little.

The outcome is inevitable and the moment of impact can't come soon enough. The only thing I'm now interested in is the extent of the crash and how many people stagger out alive.

Parris continues:

It is also an act of supreme selfishness on Mr Brown's part. Wrapping himself like some wingless albatross around his administration's throat, starving his own colleagues of oxygen in his mindless determination that other careers should not live in order that his should not die, he has brought his Government and his party to the ground, broken their legs - and yet still will not release his grip.

Full article HERE.

Also in today's papers, the Telegraph reports that a man has been sentenced to one year in prison after he admitted he was responsible for the death of his wife during a diving trip in Australia. "The coroner found it was likely that [he] had killed his wife by holding her underwater and turning off her air supply."

If Gordon Brown holds on to power for much longer, I suspect that New Labour will suffer a similar fate.

Reader Comments (2)

I asked on twitter, how can a man be so stubborn when he is being deserted. I think I know why, and why I have always found him such a disagreeable character, he is a bully. Maybe that is why he slipped in unelected with not so much as a whimper from anyone. I reckon there are many labourites who cannot and never could stand the guy, but he is a bully, and they are scared to say so.

June 6, 2009 at 22:35 | Unregistered Commentertimbone

I think you've probably hit the nail on the head there Timbone

June 6, 2009 at 23:14 | Unregistered CommenterMary

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