What a week it has been for our governing party. Widespread electoral failures on many levels but lets just pick some highlights:
Lost the 4 remaining councils in England that was under their control. Our central government now controls 0 local governments.
Forced into 3rd place by fringe party UKIP in the European elections.
By having tens of thousands of disillusioned voters abstain and not come to the ballot they have allowed a fascist party to reach the legislature for first time in the nation's history.
Beaten in Scotland by the SNP.
Beaten in Wales by the Conservatives.
Beaten into 5th place in the south of England.
Governing with that level of support is barely credible. Where's the programme? When was the last time we heard about "tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime", "education, education, education", the NHS or the 10 year transport plan?
We've been very patient with Labour. Beyond that, back in October 2007, Brown told the BBC:
“I’ll not be calling an election and let me explain why. I have a vision for change in Britain. I want to show people how in government we are implementing it. Over the summer months we have had to deal with crises. We have had to deal with foot and mouth, terrorism, floods, the financial crisis. And yes we could have had an election on competence and I hope people would have understood that we have acted competently. “But what I want to do is show people the vision that we have for the future of this country: in housing, health, education. And I want the chance in the next phase of my premiership to develop and show people the policies that will make a huge difference and show the change in the country itself.”Some vision.