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Wednesday April 28 2010

This might have been today’s Samizdata quote of the day, but that already got taken:

Cocky, fake, slimy, inelegant, ineloquent, charmless, witless, weird, sinister, glacially cold and luminescently remote, he may be the most chillingly repulsive politician of even this golden generation. If Pixar set out to create a CGI character to embody everything the public has learned to despise about its political class, they’d be thrilled to come up with this lizardy schemer, ...

It’s Matthew Norman, describing Ed Balls, evil mini-Brown heir to Gordon Brown himself, in the Indy.  Norman seems to want the Labour Party to survive, courtesy of that nice Lord Mandelson, rather than be taken over by Balls and his pals (Whelan, McBride etc.) and buried for ever.  Why?

Today - for the benefit of me when I read through this in the years to come, if I ever do - was the day when Gordon Brown dug another huge hole for himself by calling a Labour-voting widow whose husband died of cancer and who looks after handicapped children, a bigot.  And then he dug even deeper by going back to her home to get her to say, in public, that she forgives him, but without success, and by then apologising for being such a shit while grinning.  For years I’ve been hoping that the earth would open up and swallow Gordon Brown.  And the entire Labour Party also, for allowing Gordon Brown into Number Ten unopposed despite them knowing all about his total ghastliness, what with him having occupied Number Eleven for a decade.  Or worse, what with lots of them thinking that Gordon Brown was and is a good thing, aside from little things like insulting the voters.  So I’m not now holding my breath.  I mean, what does Brown’s ghastly gaff today, or Matthew Norman’s anti-Balls vituperation, tell anyone about these ghastly people that anyone did not already know?  But I am hoping.  Will the Labour vote now do some more melting down?  To around twenty?  And then to less even than that?  I do hope so.

The great Guido saw this Brown electioneering fiasco coming years ago.  He never deviated from his opinion, expressed as soon as Gordon Brown made himself Labour leader, and about once every two or three days from then on, that Labour leader Gordon Brown trying to win votes in a general election would be a catastrophic failure.  It’s certainly looking that way today.

UPDATE Thursday morning: Guido says ”I told you so”.  Indeed.

Extremely well said.

Please Got have them come in third.

Posted by Blognor Regis on 28 April 2010

I was a bit taken aback by the bunch of sheep that BBC News 24’s Campaign show managed to find in Norwich.  Four members of the public all agreeing with each other that everyone says things like that in private and poor old Gordon for having his private conversations made public.

Another annoying thing about this is that politicians are starting to think that there are more votes than they previously thought in restricting free movement.

But other than that it’s quite entertaining seeing Brown taking a bashing.

Posted by Rob Fisher on 28 April 2010
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