Seriously though, I know what you’re thinking – ‘stop blathering on about the election and get back to your usual witty and intelligent take on the highs and lows of single parenting.’ Or something along those lines I’m sure… Well, I’m not about to apologise for another election post, even if it is a little off topic, because this stuff matters.
Sure it may be a bit dull, seeing the same recording of Clegg getting out of a car repeated over and over, but the decisions being made at the moment are crucial. If Clegg can stick to his guns and hold tight to his dream of proportional representation, they could even change the face of politics for ever.
A poll was apparently taken today that showed that two-thirds of us think Gordon Brown should have conceded defeat as soon as the result came in. I can see that his dogged determination to cling to power could be annoying, and it would be easy to interpret it as him just being a bad loser, but I’m actually on the side of the minority in this case (no change there then).
Brown isn’t trying to claim victory, he is just doing what’s perfectly within his right. Sure, Labour didn’t win, but the neither did the Tories. Hard to believe as it is, Cameron let what at one point was a massive lead in the polls, slip back to the point of not even being able to secure a majority. He won a lot of extra seats, true, but it was hardly a landslide.
I don’t claim to be an expert, but what I can do is put myself in Gordon’s Brown shoes. Imagine you’ve waited years to get to Number 10 and when you finally do you have a crappy few years, overshadowed by an inherited war, a global recession (for which half the country seem to blame you personally), and a gaggle of MPs who bring disgrace on parliament by abusing the expenses system. Apart from anything else, you’d be wanting the chance to put it right wouldn’t you?
Brown is an economist, and if nothing else I believe he knows how to manage the economy. It must be hugely frustrating for him to think he’s not going to be able to put his recovery plans into action – even more distressing to think Cameron is perhaps just a muffin basket away from ruining it all by prematurely slashing his way through government and publics sector spending, gamboling merrily through Number 10 gathering up paperclips.
Aside from thoughts of the deficit, as a woman who has lived in over 20 houses in her lifetime, I can see why Gordon is so keen to stay put. Moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do – who can blame him from wanting to avoid the chore of defrosting the freezer and waiting a month for his broadband to get reconnected?
I am of course hugely competitive and a terrible loser, so on reflection perhaps not the best person to be arguing Gordon’s case.
So what do you reckon – would you stay or would you go?
Photo credit – Downing Street
P.S. While we’re on the subject of votes, (see what I did there?), check out the links on the left where you can vote for me in the MAD blog awards and the Dorset Cereal blogging awards. My election pledge – ‘Vote for me and I’ll show you my muesli’.