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Friday, November 26th, 2004 at
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I’ve been pondering for quite some time on the matter of the upcoming election and what my role would be. Now I know.
This is my position/task-sheet on campaign/political work (I’ve said by email many times; not sure if I’ve blogged it):
1. To the best of my ability, I will work to expand/defend the open form of political blogging that we now enjoy, and be very aware that the campaign season will bring a very dangerous breed of highly publicised one-way campaign blogs.
2. Know and accept that the above requires my offering guidance and assistance to individual MPs from almost any party bar UKIP or the BNP.
3. Know and accept that – on a party level – I can’t work for Labour while I oppose Blair, I won’t work for the Conservative Party full-stop and the Lib-Dems simply can’t afford me.
This pretty much leaves me out of the game. At best, shouting from the sidelines. I’m not happy about that.
A quick detour, a thought or two on timing:I’m approaching this knowing that there’s a very real risk of a snap election in February. The reasons?1. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; to see Blair’s lies in their purest form, turn to The Sun (which, on Wednesday, declared on their front page that the election would be on May 5).2. This is the weekend after May Day. I know that this year’s May Day was a very quiet affair, but are they really so confident of keeping it quiet again this year in light of this and other tensions on the union front?3. The ‘likely’ Bush visit in February that would more or less rule out a February election may be a feint.Also, I should mention that this caught my eye the other day. Consciously, I didn’t think much of it. But subconsciously… whammo. In fact, it wasn’t until this morning when I saw it again on Blogdex that I realised what a significant effect it had had. Just take a look at what people will accept as normal. Sure, we may shout about it, but what bloody good does it do?The moment we point out they’re treating people like sheep, they can counter will the always-useful “Hey! This elitist just called you a bunch of sheep!” argument.There’s also this that I blogged this morning. Worth considering, that bit about arguments and facts. So, bang goes any plan to shout from the sidelines. It doesn’t do any good.Back to the guts:1. Blair’s victory in Feb/May 2005 is a foregone conclusion. You need to accept that. The Tories simply aren’t a threat, and nobody can picture the Lib-Dems running the country (not even the Lib-Dems themselves).2. I opposed John Howard; John Howard won. I opposed George W. Bush; George W. Bush won. And I hate losing.For this and for many other reasons that I will share with you soon, I have decided that – during the election campaign – I will be backing Blair.It may not make any sense right now, but that’s the way it is.You’ll probably need a few days to get over this. Talk amongst yourselves.