A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Worth quoting

Because history may record yesterday's Queen's Speech debate as the moment when Cameron lost the next General Election:

The Prime Minister (Mr. Tony Blair): “Mr. Speaker, before I come to my speech, let me just say to the right hon. Member for Witney (Mr. Cameron), who talked about 12 years ago, that I remember 12 years ago; our economy had just been through two recessions caused by the Conservative Government. Today we have the strongest economy, the lowest unemployment, the lowest inflation and the lowest interest rates. I remember that, 12 years ago, we had thousands of people waiting 18 months, and that was just on an in-patient list. Now, we are on the way to an 18-week maximum target for in and out-patients. I remember that 12 years ago we had kids being taught in crumbling school buildings. I remember, 12 years ago, a Conservative Government who had doubled crime. He is talking about hope, but let me just tell him something about hope. Hope is not built on talking about sunshine, any more than antisocial behaviour is combated by “love”. Hope is what a strong economy gives us; hope is what investment in the NHS and schools gives us. Hope means proper measures to tackle the long-term challenges. Hope, true hope, is about tough decision making, and the right hon. Gentleman has never taken a tough decision in his life. Now for my speech— [Interruption.] I may be going out, but on that performance, he is not coming in.

The fact of the matter is that, as the right hon. Gentleman demonstrated again today, in the end, because he has no interest in the substance of policy, he can neither understand the long-term challenges facing this country, nor meet them. The next election will be a flyweight versus a heavyweight. However much the right hon. Gentleman may dance around the ring beforehand, at some point, he will come within the reach of a big clunking fist, and you know what, he will be out on his feet, carried out of the ring—the fifth Tory leader to be carried out, and a fourth term Labour Government still standing.”


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spot on Luke.

TB on knock-out form, full of energy and sensible in-touch ideas.

Dave was tired and lacklustre and has no answers to tackle the challenges our country faces today.

have you seen the leaked Cameron Queen's Speech...


12:42 am, November 17, 2006

Anonymous Miranda said...

Praise where praise is due. TB was absolutely superb.

9:57 am, November 17, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why on earth is the Labour party allowing the early departure of Tony Blair? He was absolutely brilliant in PMQs as always. I even felt a bit sorry for Cameron who had started off being polite and gracious to his hero.

The Prime Minister is peerless amongst today's politicians and I am constantly amazed by his resilience and tenacity.

And the recent stresses don't seem to have sapped his strength or confidence.

Firstly, he's been cornered by "friends" in his party to resign earlier than he said he would. Secondly, he's being asked to carry the whole can for Iraq, although there surely must be some Cabinet responsibility ... and if not, why not? Are the rest of them so incompetent that they could not stand up to him? And thirdly, he has the threat of prosecution hanging over him (the first time ever for a sitting PM). And WHAT FOR? For some internal party arrangement of organising cash for peerages!? Isn't that how everyone in any party has always got a peerage? Forgive me for my scepticism. It's just all so incredible.

Meanwhile the Chancellor, the other half of the leadership duopoly, knows nothing about loans for peerages. Hhmm..mm

How does the PM keep going? I am full of admiration for this consummate politician.

Can't believe you Labour people are allowing him to fall on his sword. I know it's gone past the stage of Mr Blair staying, especially since the country, as well as much of his party, seem to have fallen out of love with him.

Still, I'm keeping my blog going. If you empathise with the cause, please go and leave a message at my site.


P.S. I don't belong to the party or any party. But I appreciate the PM anyway.

5:51 pm, November 19, 2006


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