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Wednesday, September 20th, 2006 at
10:17 am and is filed
under Tony ‘King Blair.
That’s funny… I was talking about this very point just last night:
Independent – Blair damages party by clinging to power, say Labour officials: Tony Blair is facing fresh pressure to stand down soon from Labour officials worried that his “long goodbye” is disrupting the party’s plans for next May’s mid-term elections. The officials say the uncertainty over who will lead Labour into the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and English council elections is damaging grassroots morale. They report that some party members are refusing to commit themselves to standing as candidates or campaigning for the party while Mr Blair remains leader. One official said: “Tony should go immediately. He is destroying the party. He is clinging on to the cliff by his fingertips while other people trample all over them.”… Last night a row was brewing over a decision to block an emergency debate over the leadership at the party conference next week in Manchester. A number of constituencies tabled motions calling for the national executive committee to agree a timetable for Mr Blair to step down early next year. The conference arrangements committee meeting is believed to have thrown out all the motions. “They decided that the issue of the leadership is not a contemporary issue, and they were ruled out of order,” said one Labour campaigner.
The Tories didn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the last general election, but currently they’re gaining an alarming amount of ground *and* enjoying the luxury of all sorts of reserves.
I don’t want to see a Conservative government… but I can’t possibly be expected to roll over and allow Blair to have his way. The games he plays are far too dangerous.