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Friday, February 25, 2005

On voting Labour

Here's Mark Steyn on the electoral choice we face in Britain.

If I lived in Britain, I’d vote for Tony Blair’s Labour Party. Yes, yes, I know he’s a nanny-state control-freak and you can hardly pull your pants on in the morning without filling in the form for the Public Trouser Usage Permit and undergoing inspection from the Gusset Regulatory Authority. But on the One Big Thing – the great issue of the age – he’s right, and he’s reliable. And, sad to say, the British Conservative Party aren’t. Their leader, Michael Howard, has been a cheesy opportunist on the war, supporting it at the time, backtracking later, his constantly evolving position twisting itself into a knot of contortions even John Kerry might find over-nuanced. Most other Tory heavyweights – ex-Thatcher cabinet ministers like Lord Hurd and Sir Malcolm Rifkind – are more straightforward: They’re agin the war. They’d have no time for his frightful American clothes or his ghastly hamburger diet, but, social distaste aside, they’re Michael Moore Conservatives.

Yes. Yes. I don't disagree with any of that. It's a question of weighing the relative importance of the one great issue of the age on which Blair (but not his party) is right, against all other issues (Europe, the growth of the public sector, IR 35, immigration and asylum, Kyoto, extending the powers of the executive, the constitution, interference in personal freedom, etc.) on which he is wrong.

I have heard it said of Arundel Cathedral that the further you are away from it the more attractive it seems. Much the same applies to Tony Blair.


At 26 February 2005 at 17:01, Blogger Jorgen said...

I normally agree 100% with Mark Steyn but not this time. Steyns main residence is in the US so he can afford to have that opinion.

Weighing all the issues where Blair is wrong, I would - had I not left the country - still vote Tory (though with my deepest regret). Blair is seriously damaging the UK and that must be the most important point for a UK-resident.

This said: I have on several blogs expressed that the only way Michael Howard can win, is if Blair for some reason loses.

At 27 February 2005 at 17:02, Blogger rexie said...

I'm glad it's not just me!


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