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Sunday May 03 2009

Yesterday afternoon I also took this photo:

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You can say that again.  So they did.  Here‘s the Evening Standard story that this billboard flags up.  This snap will serve as a memo-to-self in years to come concerning just what a hopeless mess the Gordon Brown regime has now got itself into.  More from me about all this last Friday at Samizdata.

There are apparently to be elections at the beginning of next month, and oddly enough, these may now be prolonging Brown’s time in office.  Labourites hesitate to put the knife in now, because they suspect that after those elections might be the ideal moment to do the deed.  So Brown may now last for another month, and if the results are interpretable as Not That Bad, he could stagger on into next year.

Meanwhile, here is an example of what I earlier said here about the impact of the Go Gordon petition, in the form of one little paragraph, which has the feel of something stuck in later in the least inconvenient spot, in a Mail on Sunday piece:

To add to Brown’s embarrassment, a petition on the Downing Street website calling for the Prime Minister to resign has been swamped with signatories. By last night, more than 44,700 people had put their names to it.

I don’t call 45,000, the milestone that the Go Gordon petition has now just passed, “swamped”.  Half a million, yes.  But 45,000, or for that matter anything short of 100,000 strikes me as very feeble.  But that was, and is again, my point.  Whereas all other petitions have been insignificant, this one, which is numerically not that much more significant, is being seized upon by commentators, because they are now in seizing mode.  As the Tesco adverts say: every little helps.  When mud is being flung, the flingers will grab every little scrap of mud they can find.

UPDATE: Still more mud reportage from me at Samizdata.  Can’t leave it alone.