22 July 2008
Nu-Labour: death wish or hubris?
Has Nu-Labour got a real death wish or is it hubris that drives them on? The reason I ask is that last week's rumour that Nu-Labour was planning to introduce welfare reform became hard fact yesterday when the wheeze was unveiled. The reason why I asked the question is because the Glasgow East by-election will be held on Thursday of this week, and I can't figure out the motivation behind the announcement.
The point is that if Nu-Labour wants to hold Glasgow East then this announcement is pretty much guaranteed to ensure that another few thousand people either stay at home or vote for the Scottish National Party.
To make matters even worse, enough Nu-Labour backbenchers will vote against the reform to ensure that it only passes with Tory help. Isn't that just a wonderful way to ensure that even the most bovine Labour voter finally realises that the Tories and Nu-Labour are both cut from the same cloth?