So the "revolution" continues a pace, as Tony Blair shows no signs of stopping until he has completed his plan to turn Labour into the New Conservative Party. Forget New Labour, what about the New Conservatives! Blimpie (the token Tory) over at the Sharpener has got a new name for "Blairism": Majorism with marketing. Now Blimpie wrote that on April 27, but can there really be much question any more what Tony "is thinking"? (well, I guess it'll do since we never quite figured out what the Tories "were thinking" after all).
Truly, the increasingly Orwellian attempts to spin Blair's attempt to create a new Conservative Party as being in the best tradition of the Labour Party is getting ridiculous. Highlights from today's press conference:
1) More privatization (not necessarily a bad idea, but from a Labour Party? Is this what the electorates of all those northern constituencies in Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, etc. that enable the Labour Party there disproportionate majority really want?)
2) Crackdown on yobs (not a bad idea, but endorsing a Kent mall's ban against wearing baseball caps? Of course Tony explains how this really is "progressive," so its all right)
3) New noises about Iran (now this is a bad idea - does Blair really think this is a bridge he can cross? I saw 7% support for an American-led invasion of Iran in a poll a month or two ago)
4) Firmly opposing his own party's (not some Brussells directive) choice in the European Parliament to end Britain's exemption from Europe's work week limit. Again, let me emphasize that this occurred only because Blair's own party members chose it to be so. But never fear, I'm sure Tony can explain how this is keeping with the best of the Labour Party's tradition
Tony's "listened" to the electorate, and he's decided what they want is what he wants after all. See more on Blair's logic, via the Sharpener (plus the bonus of being a hit piece on the silly Kettle article I smacked down below).
Well, at least David Blunkett's back in the cabinet . . . we know he'll be a counterweigh to Blair