The British press is rife with speculation that Gordon Brown may throw a snap General Election this autumn. He delivered a very strong speech today, very rich in aspiration for the education system, the NHS and the ethereal notion of British values.
Reasons to have an election:
Elections are all about winning. If Labour can eke out an extra 2 1/2 years of power at minimal risk it would almost be silly not to.
To have the Prime Minister gain the personal backing of the public. This is a favoured argument by the opposition and therefore makes sense to nullify this weapon in the Conservative armoury.
The opposition are unfocused and in disarray.
Sends out a message of confidence that the public backs the party.
Reasons not to have an election:
Risk of losing power.
Sends out the message that the government fears that its position in 2 years time will be poorer than it is now.
As it stacks up, there are few reasons not to hold an election, but they are powerful ones. I think Gordon Brown should hold the election now. The Tory's are in no position to alter the status quo and therefore Gordon will inherit an extra 2 1/2 years in which to fulfil his manifesto and if he has as much faith in himself as he suggests eradicate all thought of the Tory's gaining power in 5 years time.