Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Up, up and away 

"British Prime Minister Tony Blair has confirmed at the launch of the Labour election manifesto that he will step down as party leader after a possible third term in office.

" 'I have said that this is my last election,' Mr Blair, flanked by six ministers including his most likely successor, Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, said."
The more I think about how to best compromise between my head and my heart on this one, the more a Blair victory following by a crushing Labour defeat at the following election seems like a reasonable compromise. Blair deserves to be rewarded not just for being right about the most important political issue of the new millennium but more importantly for exhibiting enormous political courage in doing right, when it would have been so much easier to go with the typical Euroleft flow, of which New Labour is otherwise a part of. That, and we also need to complete the John Howard-George W Bush-Tony Blair trifecta to crush the leftie wet dream about angry electorates punishing their leaders for the Iraq war.

Labour might be generally good on foreign policy (but that's largely due to the power of Blair's personality and convictions), average on economy (at least they didn't dismantle the Thatcher Compact, and Blair had guts to put the unions in their place), and generally dismal on social and cultural issues. They deserve a whipping and the Conservatives have to return to government one day. I just wish that along the way they would get rid off their own trendy right-wing anti-Americanism that's prevalent in some sections of the party.


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