The International Writers Magazine: New Labour Pains
Ryder's post-election rant
Im jolly glad that the sun decided to come out today otherwise
we would be in all sorts of trouble. The sun may have single-handedly
prevented Britain from being forced into the largest mass lie-in
in its history. The entire nation too de-motivated and depressed
to climb out of bed.
And the winner is...
It happens every
4 years or so, on the day of the general election results. Its
a regular problem. Less than 24 hours beforehand every one marches down
to their local town hall, polling card in hand. Intent that this time
their vote will mean something and things will change. Oh how deluded
we have become. Our goldfish memories make us forget that whatever we
try and do we still seem to be picking from the best of a bad bunch.
And so it is, Tony Blair is in again. The historic 3rd term.
The question on many peoples lips is just how much damage
can he do in the next few years?
. Actually no thats
not the question, the question is in fact is assassination a viable
Initially there does seem to be various merits to this scheme but with
further thinking I realise one major flaw. If Tony were removed then
Gordon Brown would run our country. Ok, yes it could be argued that
he already does and that Mr Blair is just a smiley-faced arm waving
puppet leader. But think what would happen if the puppet was removed.
The great beast of a puppet master would step forward from behind the
screen. The days of fake plastic smiley politics would be over, Gordon
Brown would run the country like a retired east-end bouncer, maybe even
using John Prescott as his sidekick. John has already shown himself
pretty nifty in a fight and so together they could highjack British
politics like a couple of hired thugs. Lets see if Bush still
thinks hes leader of the global police gang with those two heavies
involved. Dark thoughts now, must be the desperation taking hold.
On a far lighter note, some good has come out of all of this. Every
cloud has a silver lining and in this case it is the impending retirement
of Michael Howard as Tory party leader. The man who represents all that
is wrong in British politics is on the way out. This I can only see
as a good thing, although I am not overly impressed by the shortlist
of people to take over his role. In my personal, and warped opinion
what the Tory party needs is a charismatic leader, someone who actually
possesses some kind of a personality. And yes this man is Boris Johnson
- editor of the Spectator Magazine. Ok I know hes a bit of a blundering
fool, but he has a sense of humour, which would be nice change from
that Howard bloke. Party leaders dont need to be perfect, they
need to be characters. They have an entire party behind them to deal
with the details. Think of Reagan, he had charisma and personality,
which is why he was loved as a leader, not just tolerated.
Anyway as this election has proved to so many, personal opinions seem
to make very little difference.
I am going back to bed, wake me when the blonde floppy haired ones in
© James Ryder May 2005
James is a Creative Arts student at Portsmouth University
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