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Sunday, 7 September 2008

The week in politics

I started a new job this week and I am in the process of moving house at the moment so I haven't been blogging as frequently as I should, but by the end of the month I'll be back to normal.

However, two things stand out from the past week:

One, Charles Clarke's criticism of Gordon Brown was neither surprising nor particularly useful. But he did articulate what many Labour Party members are privately thinking. In fact, I thought he was too generous to the Prime Minister. He says Gordon has months to turn things around. I think he has a matter of weeks. The announcements this week by the government regarding the housing market and energy prices will go some way to alleviating concerns. But while these measures will help some people, they don't add up to a wider vision of what the government stands for. There is still no clear sense of purpose or direction. We need to see this over the forthcoming weeks and Brown needs to do a total mea culpa at Conference if the situation is to be improved even in the slightest.

Two, I am more convinced than ever that John McCain made a disastrous choice when he picked Sarah Palin as his VP. Although, she gave a barnstorming speech at the Republican convention (compared to McCain's lacklustre and plodding effort) she is inexperienced and lacks political judgement. Her extreme right wing stance on the issues and the question marks raised over her judgement back in Alaska should be areas which the Obama campaign can exploit ruthlessly. In choosing Palin, McCain shows us what a reckless and impulsive decision maker he actually is. You would have thought that after eight years of George W. Bush, Americans might want a more measured, thoughtful President. McCain's choice of Palin is pure political opportunism. Obama's choice of Biden shows someone who is serious about governing.


Anonymous said...

I think you are right about Brown. Many of us have totally given up on him now. However, whether the men in white coats are prepared to knock on his door remains to be seen.

Mark said...

I couldn't agree with you more on the Palin issue.

There is however one thing that is missing on your article, the choice of Palin has giving the republicans an average of 2.5% lead in the polls.

I am behind Obama 100% but I am worried about how the Democrats are going to bounce back from this. Was it Obama's comment that has hurt his numbers or rather the lack of unity amongst the Democrats?