Sunday :: May 9, 2004

Eschewing The Pooch


by pessimist

Tony Blair is not too happy today, I would guess. He's finding out that his constituency is not at all pleased with his performance, especially his Pecos Lap Poodle act.

According to this just released: Blair a vote loser: poll.

Britain's ruling Labour party does not have a chance of winning the country's next general election with Prime Minister Tony Blair at its helm, according to an opinion poll.

According to the poll, 41 more Labour lawmakers would lose their seats should Mr Blair decide to fight for a third term in office rather than handing over to Mr Brown, the Chancellor of the Exchequer.According to the poll, 41 more Labour lawmakers would lose their seats should Mr Blair decide to fight for a third term in office rather than handing over to Mr Gordon Brown, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. [Roughly equal to our Secretary of the Treasury position - ed]

Mr Blair's popularity has been severely dented in recent months, much of it due to his backing for the US-led war in Iraq, which the British leader told a sceptical nation was necessary because of Baghdad's illegal weaponry. However no stocks of chemical or biological arms have been found in Iraq since the removal of Saddam Hussein, hitting Mr Blair's credibility.

Were Mr Blair to remain in charge of Labour at the next election, only 36 per cent of respondents said they would back the party, while 40 per cent said they would favour the main opposition Conservative party, the poll in the conservative-leaning Mail on Sunday said.

However if Mr Blair's finance minister, and presumed eventual successor, Mr. Brown, was leading the party, it would snatch 39 per cent of the vote, equal to that of the Conservatives.

Now if you were the party leaders, would YOU stay with Tony the Poodle?

While they are close political allies, many pundits see Mr Brown as the Prime Minister's principal rival inside Labour, and a series of lawmakers have called on Mr Blair to stand down in his favour.

Ah, so!

The economy is one of the few current bright spots for Mr Blair's Government, with unemployment falling and economic growth outstripping that in most of continental Europe.

Something Georgie wishes he could say.

Asked about Mr Blair's performance as Prime Minister, 60 per cent of those surveyed said it was bad, while only 38 per cent expressed satisfaction.

In contrast, 61 per cent deemed Mr Brown was doing a good job, against 30 per cent who said he was not.

Good Night, Tony. It sure is a shame that your ambition was larger than your IQ, because only now are you figuring out that you got scammed by the BFEE/PNAC Petroleum Pirate Posse. You lost the chance to be the EU President, you lost the gravitas you earned right after 9/11, and now you've lost your career, shot down in ignominy. Such are the wages of High-level Hubris. Your show Pandering for Petroleum wouldn't even play on FAUX.

I guess you might now be starting to understand how those Iraq prisoners your troops assisted in abusing feel. Your countrymen aren't too happy about that, either.

Happy Mother's Day, Tony - you mutha.

UPDATE

The resignation calls have begun. The pressure for Blair to resign before the Conservatives push for a no-confidence vote will only grow now, as Labour will not want to risk losing power that way before the next election.

UPDATING THE UPPDATE

Blair calls for Muslim troops as riots begin

(Appended to the end of the column on the next page)

Lord David Puttnam, a Labour peer and personal friend of Blair, said months of negative headlines about Iraq would damage the party's electoral prospects and the prime minister should make way for Chancellor Gordon Brown.

"The prime minister is synonymous with Iraq, and Iraq will only deliver bad news," Puttnam told ITV News television in an interview, the ITV Web site said.
"If I were him, I would go before the summer (parliamentary) recess," Puttnam said.

Puttnam said if Iraq became a stable democracy over the next few years, Blair's decision to back the U.S.-led war would be proved right. But in the short-term, Blair should quit to bolster his party's prospects at the next election, expected in 2005. "I think he can go with honour and I think he may well be in a position in five years from now to say not only did I do the right thing, but I paid a very high price for doing it."

Puttnam, a renowned film producer, said Brown would "inevitably" be the man to take over. "Gordon Brown is exactly the person who will at least be able to think that we focus things on the domestic agenda. And I suspect he would be able to win quite comfortably at a general election were it to be held within the next 12 months."

The YouGov poll showed Labour would win the election but fall short of a majority with Blair in charge. But it would win a majority of 77 seats if he handed over to Brown.

Do the math, Tony. If you were willing to walk the plank for George Warmonger Bush, then you should do the right things for your country and fall on your sword for Labour. It's what an honorable man would do to atone for dishonorable deeds.

Blair calls for Muslim troops as riots begin - Second Update

Tony Blair is to push for Muslim troops from Pakistan to be deployed in Iraq in a desperate attempt to shore up the reputation of the coalition forces following the widely-condemned images of abuse of Iraqi detainees.

The Prime Minister and Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon have called for 'channels to be opened' with Pakistan and India, which have said they will consider sending forces only if a United Nations resolution on the future of Iraq can be passed.

The move comes as the coalition operation faced fresh criticism last night and British soldiers were involved in the first major combat operations across southern Iraq since the end of the war to remove Saddam Hussein.

In an interview with The Observer Hoshyar Zebari, the Iraqi Foreign Minister, launched a scathing attack on the American and British governments, accusing them of an ideological approach that had led to a series of grave errors. Speaking in his office in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baghdad, Zebari, who was appointed to his post in September last year, said that an application of ideology and western standards to the complicated and violent reality in Iraq had been a big mistake.

'The situation is very serious,' he said. 'The aim of the insurgents is to defeat the coalition, to defeat what is seen as American and British colonialism and to deter them from repeating their project in Iraq elsewhere.They are settling scores with the US. They want to make life hell for them and we are paying in Iraqi blood.'

Four British soldiers were injured, none seriously, and two Iraqis killed as British patrols and government buildings were attacked in Basra, the southern port city controlled by UK forces for over a year.

The violence began early yesterday morning after hundreds of fighters took to Basra's streets in an attempt to seize strategic points in the city. They opened fire on British patrols, sparking a fierce gunbattle in the centre of the city, as well as attacking the governor's offices and seizing a key bridge. 'Discussions are continuing between senior Iraqi figures and senior coalition figures. We hope to resolve this through discussion, not violence,' a spokesman said.

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