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Brown must go!

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Prime Minister has no moral authority – Cameron must be given the chance.

As I type this piece after a few hours sleep it is quite clear from the election results already declared that the Labour Party has lost the battle with the Conservatives for the popular vote 8.2m to 10.1m, Labour has suffered a net loss of 86 seats and the momentum is with David Cameron as the Conservatives have a net gain of 92 seats making them the largest party in the House of Commons. Gordon Brown did not face an election of any kind to become leader of the Labour Party and Prime Minister, and at his first electoral test the public, certainly in England, have rejected his leadership decisively.

Although constitutionally, as we are now in a “hung Parliament” situation where it is not possible for any party to have an outright majority, Brown will be given first option to form a government, however voters across the country will be very dismayed if an alliance is formed to keep the unelected Brown in power. “Cleggmania” did not translate into a mandate for a third way last night either, the Liberal Democrats added only 1% to their share of the vote and have lost six seats so far, and as Nick Clegg has already intimated he is probably unwilling to hitch his wagon to the party seen as the losers, and that it would more astute to support the party that had the largest number of seats and won the popular vote.

Lord Mandelson has already spoken of the voters making clear that they wanted “change”, but it is never clear exactly what he means, one only hopes that after years of favouring the first past the post system, the Labour Party is not now having an about face in order to deny the voters the change that was clearly expressed last night. I find it hard to contemplate, in any contest, that the “winners” should be denied the prize.

There can be NO moral justification for two parties who have underperformed and lost seats in joining together to carry on the “NuLabour experiment” that we clearly want rid of!

Brown must go, Labour must hand over the keys to No. 10 and start to rebuild in Opposition under a new leader, and David Cameron must be given the opportunity to attempt to repair the damage to our economy, and prepare for the next general election which surely must take place within the next 12 to 18 months.

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Written by curly

May 7, 2010 at 10:48 am

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  1. After all the money the Tories put in, and up against the worst PM in a generation, the Tories couldn’t get a majority. Nor can they blame the Liberals for steaming ahead.
    The majority of the electorate, voted Centre-left.

    If Clegg goes into coalition with the Tories, I will never vote Lib Dem again.

    futiledemocracy

    May 7, 2010 at 11:03 am

  2. The Lib Dems can’t go into coalition with the Tories. In a country with a clear centre-left majority, any change to the voting system would keep the Tories out of power permanently. Without a change to the voting system, the Lib Dems would be cutting their own throats.

    Cameron got 36% of the vote and failed to get a majority of seats. Simply put, he didn’t win.

    Michael

    May 7, 2010 at 11:49 am

  3. It’s definitely dubious to say that the Tories won “decisvely” Curly! I know you wanted Karen Allen to win locally & the Tories to win nationally, but that’s a tad overstating it. But as a Labour supporting voter, Labour was never on the ropes & it’s taken David Cameron & his Etonian cronies a couple of years to lose the lead & advantage they had. Some introspection on the part of Tories is needed now. Interesting times ahead though…Anyone for another General Election in a few months?

    Mark

    May 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    • Difficult to understand your argument Mark, Labour until the last 48 hours were in third place in the polls, Gordon Brown has provided you with a vote share almost as bad as that of Michael Foot’s against Maggie Thatcher, Labour has just suffered it’s largest loss of seats in the past sixty years, the Conservative gain in seats bettered some of Maggie Thatcher’s achievements, the Tories won the popular vote with a margin of over 2 million, the Conservatives are the largest party in the Commons, and they achieved this from a position so far back that it was like climbing Everest and running out of breath with ten feet to go!

      Your final question, of course, is very cogent. My own view is that there will be another election within 12-18 months.

      curly

      May 7, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    • Oh, I forgot to add that using the term “Etonians” is just poor stereotyping, there have been plenty of “Old Etonians and Old Harrovians” sat on the Labour benches you know.

      curly

      May 7, 2010 at 3:52 pm

  4. But the popular vote doesn’t count. Not unless I’ve missed some vital piece of last minute electoral reform anyway. I didn’t hear many Tories banging on about the popular vote when Gore beat George Bush.
    The Tory vote increased by 3% on 2005. Cameron’s nowhere near the share of the vote Thatcher got.
    Clearly, Labour have lost. Equally clearly, Cameron hasn’t won.

    Michael

    May 7, 2010 at 3:12 pm

  5. Gore? Bush? Tories?
    Come on Michael, even Clegg seems to be conceding that Cameron has done enough to be given the chance to form a government.

    curly

    May 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm

  6. What does Clegg matter if he can’t carry his party? Same with Cameron, who should have walked this one. We don’t decide our elections on the basis of who wins the most votes. The Tories didn’t get enough seats to form a majority government, hence they have no automatic right to form one.

    Michael

    May 7, 2010 at 4:54 pm

  7. Yes, you are right we don’t decide our governments by who gets the most votes, we decide by who gets the most seats. There is precedent of course, 1974, HM the Queen will invite a leader to form a government based upon who she thinks will carry the confidence of the House of Commons, hence the gracious move of Clegg to offer to talk to Cameron, he did promise during the Prime Ministerial Debates that he would talk to the party that had the most seats. He has kept that promise.

    curly

    May 7, 2010 at 5:01 pm

  8. Clegg has behaved well. There can be no question of Brown remaining in office because the electorate has overwhelmingly rejected him and we know from experience that half of his own party don’t want him either. I think a confidence and supply coallition would work well in the short term with another election in maybe twelve months if the economic situation allows.

    Pete

    May 7, 2010 at 5:44 pm

  9. And all the people suggesting PR is some panacea really need to talk to people who live with it. They have just as many quibbles as we do. There is no truly fair system that has been found yet. I do agree some reform would be good but what is needed is serious thought and the best minds, be they political or academic or business, to contribute to the debate. We bequeath our system of governance to those who follow after us therefore we have a responsibility to act with wisdom and caution.

    Pete

    May 7, 2010 at 5:46 pm

  10. If we’re using 1974 as a precedent then Cameron should keep his gob shut and allow Brown first dibs at a coalition government. That’s what Wilson did with Heath.
    My forecast is the Lib Dems won’t form a coalition with either party, Cameron will end up heading a minority government, and there’ll be another election within a year. Then we’ll have our answer.

    Michael

    May 7, 2010 at 6:27 pm

  11. Old Harrovians, Old Etonians & many other public school educated are scattered across the main parties but I still think it’s more pertinent to the Tories, but then we’ll have to agree to disagree but hey ho, that’s what politics is all about! And it’s still not a decisive victory for Cameron & co, otherwise they’d have their feet under the table at No 10, not trying to woo Clegg over

    Mark

    May 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm

  12. What is annoying me is the hypocrisy of those now saying that the system is unfair and needs reform yet at the same time wishing to deprive the party with the most votes and the most seats of having any say in that. They’re just plain two faced.

    Pete

    May 8, 2010 at 2:43 pm

  13. As a life long Tory supporter some of the comments people make dismay me. What difference should schooling and money (or lack thereof) make on who to support. The question is, surely, are they up to the job and are their policies in the best interests of Britan?

    My family had a working class background and I went to a State school but I studied hard, made sacrifices and got myself an education. I took a job, any job, in preference to being unemployed and have adopted an at times fugal lifestyle, saving when I can (for retirement) and doing without things when I have to.

    I support the Tories because I believe they are better for the ecomomy and we must create wealth before we can distribute it. Labour have failed on this. The country has been virtually bankrupted, my (small) pension decimated along with millions of others. All because of an arrogant, self opinionated, inept, socialist from Scotland.

    As Alec Salmon says, the Conservatives have no mandate to govern Scotland and this is true but Scotland has no mandate to govern England and Labour has no mandate from the English. On this our political system simply does not work and on this I agree with the Lib Dems that change, although maybe not full PR, is long overdue. It is not reasonable that the Conservatives need 10000 votes more than Labour for a seat and the LDs 125000 more.

    So on the unfairness of this there may yet be more common ground between LD and C than we realise.

    Labour has been comprehensively defeated in England. Brown should resign with grace.

    Dave

    May 8, 2010 at 8:21 pm


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