Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Brown (And Cameron's) Major Problem
Whatever you might say (and they have said) about Major, he was nice, bright and won his premiership the hard way. He won fair and square and then proceeded to leave behind a golden legacy in '97.
Compare and contrast Brown. Nasty, not as bright as Major, the embodiment of economic catastrophe - and terrified of elections to boot.
If Cameron can finally get his political kit together and squash Brown, what, I and millions of other people are asking, will his legacy be? At the very least it must equal Major's. That's the new Tory - and our - benchmark.
But that's one issue. The other is that it's important people everywhere these days know that any comparison the moronic, bullyboy, obsessive Brownite Ballses of this world make between '92 and '10 - between Major and Brown - are patently absurd. But that's what Balls et al are desperately hoping - that Brown can "do a Major".
Er, no chance. Reason? Brown is no Sir John Major. Brown's not fit to shine Major's shoes. And everyone apart from Ed Balls and the manse man himself knows that.
That's how bad Brown is - far worse than Major! And the Barry Sheermans of the PLP absolutely know that, which is why Brown's support, apart from fanatical henchmen like Balls, continues quietly to ebb away.
Whatever you might think about John Major, he was, unlike Brown, always hungry for democracy in victory or defeat. In those terms alone, he was an honest politician and a respected statesman. He'll have his place.
Who will ever dare say that, long after his ejection from public life, of Gordon Brown?