Wednesday, March 07, 2007

That's not the way to do it

I've just been watching this week's PMQs and the thing now seems to have descended completely into farce. What ever happened to shiny PR man's vow to avoid Punch and Judy politics? He's going through the same stages as Blair only more quickly.

Actually, there was a point in Blair's career where many people genuinely and optimistically did believe that he could lead us all to the promised land. Cameron seems to have missed out that stage altogether. All things considered, this is probably not a bad thing.

And what's with the speaker allowing Blair to go on and on about Conservative policy? OK, credit where it's due for managing to find anything to say about Tory policies given their scarcity but that isn't what PMQs is supposed to be about.

But then, what would be the point in asking quacker Blair about policy? You might as well ask a man standing on a gallows with a noose round his neck what he wants for breakfast tomorrow.

And when Sir Menzies did actually ask a serious question about the unsustainable role of the Attorney General, an area in which public confidence is eroding by the day, Blair simply gave him the brush off:
The position of the Attorney General, and the role that he carries out, has been there for hundreds of years, in our constitution, and I believe it to be the right role.
This from Blair, the archetype of the pathological moderniser. This may very well be the first and only time in Blair's career that he's decided he doesn't know better than hundreds of years of history and tradition. How unsurprising that it's in an area which really does need reform but where the maintenance of the status quo is of benefit to the ruling party.

By all accounts, we're going to have to put up with a few more weeks of this before Blair finally goes. Most pundits now seem to agree that Blair will announce his departure after the local elections in May. In one sense, this unprecedented long goodbye is sort of fascinating. Like a car crash is fascinating.

And remember that memo?
He needs to go with the crowd wanting more,
He should be the star who won't even play that last encore.
And he's planning to leave after the local election results have come in.

You've got to wonder whether he even realises that his departure will be marked by a chorus of boos as he and his entourage struggle to avoid the hail of rotting vegetables.

Update

Here we go. Do your own booing.

4 comments:

Bel said...

This made me laugh so much. Thank you.

The tomatoes are as fresh as they come. Didn't you have any rotten ones?

An excellent point about the sudden need by Blair to preserve tradition in the one case where it benefits the ruling party.

Friendly Fire said...

Nice to see you back.

Great as ever.

Sam said...

I don't agree with a lot of Lib Dem policies but it seem Ming is the only articulate and sensible leader, and all anyone else does is mock his age.

CuriousHamster said...

bel, alas, there's no option for rotten tomatos. Still quite satisfying though.

Cheers, ff.

sam, politics these days seems to have turned into a sort of beauty pageant or something. Never mind who can run the country, who looks the best on TV...