Monday, October 22, 2012


Labour Party is in trouble and so is Brown, but his resignation will not make matters any better

Gordon Brown is fighting on all fronts to save his job after his colleagues deserted him, the Opposition pounded him and some of his own trusted men mounted pressure on him to step down and hand over reins to more ‘capable’ leaders, like Alan Johnson, so that the party could be resuscitated. He was quick to reshuffle his cabinet after three senior cabinet ministers, including Home secretary Jacqui Smith and Communities Secretary Hazel Blears, put in their papers in three days. He came under intense pressure after Works and Pensions Secretary James Purnell resigned. In his resignation letter sent to national dailies, he wrote, “I now believe your continued leadership makes a Conservative victory more, not less likely.” This led to Conservative leader David Cameron – the PM-in-waiting if Labour fails to stop the slide – renewing his call for snap polls. So will Labour’s fortunes change if Brown steps down? Sceptics feel that it won’t make much of a difference. London-based political commentator K. Ganapathi Reddy told B&E, “Even if Labour dumps Gordon Brown, it’s unlikely that the party can beat the Conservative who are rapidly gathering strength among the voters. Whoever replaces Brown; he or she cannot match David Cameron’s charisma.” It’s difficult to write off Brown and his party as of now. One year is a long time in politics. So Brown may not really need to step down, unless he feels it necessary to redeem himself in front of his own partymen and call the bluff of his critics.

Source : IIPM Editorial, 2012.

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