January 27, 2005

FEAR NOT, THE VEGATATIVE STATE APPEARS PERSISTENT:

Campbell's return fuels rumours of snap election (JAMES KIRKUP AND FRASER NELSON , 1/27/05, The Scotsman)

ALASTAIR Campbell has made a full-time return to politics, resurrecting New Labour's winning general election team in readiness to fight a possible snap poll.

Mr Campbell’s daily attendance at Labour’s new campaign HQ in London, along with increasing input from another architect of New Labour, Peter Mandelson, suggests Mr Blair has reconstructed his "dream team" earlier than most observers were expecting.

The heightened preparations for the election are fuelling the hopes of some Labour MPs that the Mr Blair will go to the country before the 5 May date many have pencilled in for the poll.

Labour insiders say Mr Campbell is now working every day at Labour's new election campaign headquarters in London, honing Labour’s message during the "phoney war" before the full election campaign.

His schedule has inevitably stoked suspicions that the poll will come sooner than May.


Mr. Blair doesn't really need to hurry--it's not like the Tories show any signs of getting to his Right anytime soon and it'll take a few years for UKIP to replace them.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 27, 2005 10:14 AM
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Blair is anticipating a successful election in Iraq, which will pretty much take whatever few gusts are left in Tory sails. He also doesn't want to wait too long because Britain's economy isn't going to do very well for the next year or so.

Once he reduces the Tories to being about the same force as the Stuart Restorationists, and since the LibDems have no support once you leave faculty lounges, he can then set about to pruning the loonies out of New Labour, reshaping the constituency parties in his own image.

Posted by: Bart at January 27, 2005 10:26 AM

Oh, good, quasi-commie instead of commie?

Posted by: Sandy P at January 27, 2005 10:58 AM

The merely lousy is a significant improvement over the truly hideous.

Posted by: Bart at January 27, 2005 11:18 AM
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