Saturday, September 29, 2007

Saturday Observation

Gordon Brown praises Margaret Thatcher and invites her to Downing Street. No comments from Labour ministers.

George Osbourne praises Thatcher in the Spectator, and Labour minister John Hutton says it shows a "retreat to the right" and that the Tories remain "unchanged".

How does that work then?


nadds said...

Dizzy, you don't get it:

Thatch never was at No 10, it was all a bit of photoshopping carried out by the DCMS

It was all a big trap to make the Tories support Thatch again to show how right wing they are

Anonymous said...

Only Nixon can go to China. That's just the way it goes.

Anonymous said...

Is that the same John Hutton whose wife lobbied and won government work with the department he was minister for

The Morningstar said...

He's my MP, this is state normal for him, he tells us how great he has been for the town, but I just can't see any evidence yet.

anthonynorth said...

It's all very well these parties trying to get the vote of one old woman, but what about the rest of the electorate?

Laurence Boyce said...

It’s really very simple Dizzy. If Brown praises Thatcher, it goes without saying that he is not endorsing every aspect of her premiership. Instead he is praising her qualities in a more general sense. But if Conservatives praise Thatcher, then I'm afraid the onus is upon them to explain which parts of her premiership they endorse, and which parts they repudiate. If they do not do so, then it is not unreasonable to assume that they are endorsing all of her premiership. And that, I must inform you, will not be a vote winner any time between now and the Second Coming.

Brown played a blinder.

Hugh Miller said...

So what you mean then is that the same Brown who played a huge part in demonising Thatcher, and now claims some affinity with her doesn't come across as a cynical spin-merchant?

Come off it.

There is a huge danger that Brown will alienate the hardcore support he has (I know a few people who will be voting SNP the next time purely because of their tribal hatred of Thatcher) which would previously have voted for a dog if it wore a labour rosette.

Blinder? I don't think it was. The image of him shaking hands with an arch-enemy will lose him more votes than it will ever gain.

Chris Paul said...

Obviously Brown was doing apolitical tea for two and though he recognized a fellow believer he did not for the most part approve every policy. No lurch anywhere. He has been in the market for years. Unlike lefty toff Osborne's apparent gallery-playing lurch to the right.

Laurence Boyce said...

Hugh, the blinder was in setting a trap for the Conservatives into which Osborne obligingly fell. I don’t know how many votes Labour lose, but the Conservatives lose far more.