Brown must go!
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.