Gordon Brown has screwed it!
He has spent the last 15 years wanting to be Prime Minister and now he has the job everything has gone wrong. The Conservative party could sit back and hold its sides laughing, it is tempting so to do. It would also be disastrous.
I spent some time as the recruiting officer for my regiment, part of this job was talking to people who wanted to become officers. I would always ask the same question, "Do you want to get a commission or do you want to be an officer?". I was often met with blank faces, I would go on to explain that getting a commission ended the day you leave Sandhurst at exactly the point where being an officer started.
Brown's greatest failing was to mistake the journey with the destination. He wanted to become Prime Minister not be Prime Minister.
Few people now believe that Labour win the next General Election, so we must have a clear and practical plan for government. When Boris became Mayor he did so with a list of things to implement immediately, indeed his first implementation meeting was on the Saturday of the signing in. This meeting directly led to the funding and deployment of over 400 police officers and PCSOs on the transport network. Brown surrounded himself with yes-men and nobodies, a cabinet of Pygmies. Boris has got some of the most effective names from local government and business working with him.
By the next General Election people will want change, not just a change of party but a change in the style and substance of government. David Cameron must continue to put plans in place now so that there will not be a pregnant pause after the election and must get the team in place to make sure they happen.
Brown had his chance a squandered it, we owe it to ourselves and the country not to do likewise.
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