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July 25, 2008



Labour will be in opposition, probably for a long time.

If this were the 1980s, such a judgement would hold. But I see political turbulence, both global and local, the like of which we have not seen since the War. I do not know what the future holds, but suspect the demise of Labour will be a mere zephyr compared to the storm that approaches. I hope I am wrong.

What is needed now is strong leadership, and I do not see it on the British political scene - largely due to the fact that career politicians, as opposed to those who have seen something of life outside Westminster, dominate.


I think commentators were caught on the hop by some misleading polling which indicated that Labour would do rather better. The pollsters forgot to ask whether the Labour supporters were certain to vote...


In my opinion the result is somewhat more complex than a simple anti-brown vote. I speak as a staunch Labour supporter of a Blairite pursuasion in saying that i am delighted to see the back of another of the horrendously incompetent, self serving Labour cabal that has dominated, and diminished the politics of Glasgow and Lanarkshire for decades and who have been a large part of the problem in keeping those areas mired in poverty. These people have been the worst of the Labour party and are representative of the lunatics who still bring it into disrepute. It is highly possible that for the first time in generations the people of Glasgow East saw an alternative they could happily vote for rather than just a protest vote against Brown. While i have little time for the SNP, i think it is wonderful that Scottish politics has finally started to break these shameful and corrupt political dynasties that have blighted communities and shamed the Labour party.

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