Saturday, 1 May 2010
How desperate are Labour and Cyclops Brown? So desperate that they have trotted out Tony Blair in an attempt to shore up Gordon Brown’s disaster area of an election campaign. Today Blair warned that a vote for Nick Clegg is “not a serious thing”. That’s a laugh Tony just one bigot to another eh?
With only five days to go, the former Prime Minister makes his first serious intervention in the campaign in a vain effort to halt Labour’s slump in the polls. He told The Times (doubtless for a fee) that the Liberal Democrats would be flaky partners in government and that a hung Parliament is a “thoroughly bad idea”. Thanks for that stunning insight there Tone not heard that before.....not!
To voters considering backing Mr Clegg, he says: “The fact that it might seem an interesting thing to do is not the right reason to put the keys of the country in their hands.” Lets leave them with the Cyclops then? Why not after all he knows what he is doing and we are not to judge him on his appalling performance so far as Chancellor, Prime Minister and just general human being.
Amid warnings from senior Labour figures that a poor showing next week will threaten the future of the party, Mr Blair pitched himself into battle for the minds of voters seduced by Mr Clegg.
He conceded that the Liberal Democrat leader had been clever in projecting his promise of a new kind of politics. But he accused Mr Clegg of peddling “the oldest politics in the book” in seeking to blame his rivals for all the country’s ills. Of course Tony never did that did he.
Mr Blair urges voters to remember they are electing a government on May 6, not expressing a feeling. He insists that Gordon Brown deserves another five years because of the “political character”, strength and resilience he has shown during the financial crisis.
Mr Clegg dismissed Mr Blair’s arrival on the campaign trail as a sign of desperation, accusing Labour of “wheeling out the golden oldies to try to help out Gordon Brown in his hour of need”. He said the Lib Dems were in a two-horse race with the Tories. Bet they wish they had never mentioned that two horse race now that they are not one of them. Desperate times call for desperate measures and Labour are clearly at the bottom of the box if they think that wheeling out old Tone will have any effect at this late stage of the day.