qatsi (qatsi) wrote,

The Great Terror

I have the feeling that once upon a time I was a fan of Gordon Brown, but I haven't felt that way for a few years. As Andrew Turnbull observed, he's never been around to take the flak for "difficult" decisions; when finally cornered, on issues such as the War, ID cards, Health Service reforms, he's right behind Blair. And whether it's him or his flunkies, and whether they have his consent or not, I've been fed up with the whole Blair-Brown rumour mill. If it's him, he is not fit to lead the country because he's psychologically flawed; and if it's his chums, he is not fit to lead the country because he can't or won't control them.

So thanks for the tax cut Gordon - according to the BBC calculator I will be a bit better off - but I'm not impressed with your reforms at the bottom end of the income scale. It actually strikes me as quite possibly wasteful to go through all the means-testing of Tax Credits rather than give people an unambiguous 10% starting rate, and as others have pointed out, only certain categories of people qualify for tax credits anyway.

I recall that when John Smith died, uitlander and I both rather liked the idea of Robin Cook becoming leader. Given the choice between Gordon and Michael Meacher, I'd actually prefer Michael Meacher. Peter Hain is probably my preferred choice, though for no other reason than that he speaks coherently and has been allowed to get away with being off-message on occasion (quite possibly sanctioned by the leadership as dipping of toes into other waters). But it's all academic whom I'd prefer as I'm not a party member anyway.

"Dave" Cameron talks the talk - sometimes - but it's barely veiled that most of the Tory party would be delighted to take power and then ditch his more liberal policies. Vote Boris, perhaps? Meanwhile Ming Campbell continues to make the case - in a low-profile way - for Werther's Originals.

It's almost enough to make you want not to vote, something I feel strongly one should not do. Fortunately, as I have observed before, the fact that John Redwood is my MP guarantees that I will vote - for the next most likely candidate, of almost any other party.
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