September 6, 2006

STANDING IN THE WAY OF LEMMINGS:

Nightmare on Downing Street: ghost of Thatcher spooking Blair (AFP, Sep 06, 2006)

Mindful of Thatcher's brutal departure -- forced out by discontented colleagues fearing electoral defeat -- Blair thought he had ensured he would leave on his own terms by saying before the last general election in May 2005 that he would not fight another one.

Blair's stance worked temporarily, helping him get re-elected with a reduced but nonetheless comfortable parliamentary majority despite public opposition to the war in Iraq.

However, it also gave opponents the scent of blood at last, and let loose his MPs, many of whom were uncomfortable with Blair's "New Labour" project of moving the party from the left towards the centre ground.

Thatcher's stubbornness in office left her increasingly isolated. Colleagues complained that toward the end she increasingly believed in her own invincibility and would not listen to her cabinet.

Back in 1990, many Conservative MPs thought defeat was looming in the 1992 general election if an increasingly remote "Iron Lady" was not forced out. Her own allies began publicly turning against while she was away from Downing Street, at a European summit in Paris.


It's taken the Tories almost twenty years to recover and get back to Thatcherism, which Mr. Blair wisely stole right out from under their turned up noses.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 6, 2006 6:25 PM
Comments

Why should the Lay have listened to the nonentities in her cabinet?

Every single on of those ninnies will go down in history as losers.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at September 6, 2006 9:25 PM
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