Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Election fever
Posted by David Smith at 11:00 AM
Category: Thoughts and responses

Things are moving quite fast, though we don't yet know quite where they'll end. In the meantime, spare a thought for economic journalists, accountants and the rest, who normally have weeks to gear up for big events like the Comprehensive Spending Review/Pre-Budget Report, but who may now have it sprung on them with unseemly haste.

This is the latest: "The Treasury this morning declined to confirm press reports suggesting that the Comprehensive Spending Review and Pre-Budget Report - two of the biggest events on the parliamentary calendar - have been pencilled in for next Monday. A spokeswoman said only that they would be held in October."

Comments

David,

In view of the impending economic problems, I cannot see how he cannot go in November 2007.

He would be very foolish to leave it until next year.

Posted by: F.Fox at October 3, 2007 09:14 PM

When the election is held doesn't really matter, Labour will win with a small majority, I can guarantee it.

Brown may want to hold a snap election to avoid defeat before economic problems kick in, but there is no real need for an election now. The path he is taking is not radically different from Blair. People do not vote for PM, they vote for Parties and Candidates.

Posted by: JohnN at October 3, 2007 11:25 PM

Interesting,

John Major had cast iron discipline in his party really (despite those outside the tent pissing in).

If Gordon Brown has the same problem of a very low majority I would not bet my life savings on him being able to control the left wing at present slumbering like a semi contented infant.

We could conceivably see two elections in a very short period of time. In which case will Gordon have both abolished the trade union link and brought forward public funding for elections? A hard task in such time available. If not, then expect a very expensive few years.

Posted by: F.Fox at October 4, 2007 08:38 AM

Interesting,

John Major had cast iron discipline in his party really (despite those outside the tent pissing in).

If Gordon Brown has the same problem of a very low majority I would not bet my life savings on him being able to control the left wing at present slumbering like a semi contented infant.

We could conceivably see two elections in a very short period of time. In which case will Gordon have both abolished the trade union link and brought forward public funding for elections? A hard task in such time available. If not, then expect a very expensive few years.

Posted by: F.Fox at October 4, 2007 08:39 AM
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