Gordon Brown - Britain’s worst prime minister
Mr Hutton was right.
But Mr Miliband was mistaken. Not only did it not take six months for the realisation to dawn, but Cranmer does not hear clamour for the return of Mr Blair. Instead, there is a demand for emphatic change.
Mr Brown has been Prime Minister for just a year, but he is manifestly tired, devoid of ideas, and has failed to connect with the people. He has no charisma, and is tediously dull to listen to. In fact, Cranmer can’t be bothered. Every time Mr Brown speaks, his monotonous grunting grates with the ears, for there is no music in his soul, no levity to his spirit, and even Mammon has deserted him.
And if the resounding Conservative victory in Crewe is anything to go by, even traditional Labour supporters are no longer prepared to give him the benefit of any doubt. Their by-election campaign was unremittingly negative, class-based, crude and patronising, and establishes beyond doubt that ‘anti-Tory’ feeling can no longer be relied upon to persuade people to vote for Labour. Of course, a by-election result cannot be taken as an indication of a general election performance, but it is the mood that matters. The Conservative Party is no longer the ‘nasty party’ from which ‘middle England’ flees, but it has at last once again become the party of the majority. It represents hope, optimism, renewal and change. The Conservative Party has at last rediscovered the means of bridging the gap between itself and the electorate.
And now we face two years of ineffectual government as Labour enters an apocalyptic period of turmoil and self-destruction. More than 100 Labour MPs are waking up to the reality that they are certain to lose their seats at the next general election. And there will be a breakdown in discipline as the New Labour edifice crumbles and members assert that the party is no longer sufficiently left wing. And there will be more nationalisations and strikes, and the spectre of the late 70s, which Tony Blair did so much to dispel, shall return.
And Gordon Brown’s decision to not call an election a year ago will go down in history as one of the greatest political blunders ever, for he most certainly would have won, and the Conservative Party would now be navel-gazing, contemplating another change of leader, and debating once again whether neo-Thatcherism was the cure for Majorism.
Instead, 2010 now looks like the dawn of a new age.