London bridge is falling down
The big news from Britain is that the Labor Party is being beaten like a drum by just about anyone in the opposition. And although the result still wasn't known at the time of this post, there was speculation that even "Red Ken" Livingstone, the Mayor of London, would not escape the bloodbath.
With results still coming in from elections around England and Wales, Labour’s projected national vote share was put at just 24 per cent, trailing 20 points behind David Cameron’s Conservatives on 44 per cent, and even behind the Liberal Democrats on 25 per cent.
The Telegraph reported that Brown was hoping for the London mayor to hold out before a tidal wave of electoral rejection. Given that the British conservative party is hardly a political powerhouse, the result can be viewed as a rejection of Brown rather than as an endorsement of conservative leader Cameron. Despite the "calls" for Brown to change direction it's unclear what a political establishment that is practically frozen into catatonia can achieve in a substantive way.
One of the disadvantages of progressive politics is that so many pieces of the pie are pre-committed to factions that there is really only room for maneuver at the margins. Brown can pretend to steer the ship of state but the real angle at which the rudder is set is negotiated.
nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it
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