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February 13, 2005

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dearieme

Campbell and campBlair are two sides of the same coin, and it's bent. As for Iraq, it wasn't fought for Mail readers, surely? It was fought because "the P.M. wants eye-catching initiatives with which he can be personally associated". Your point that these low-lifes are not big vote-winners is well made, but as long as Labour backbenchers assume that their cushy numbers depend on Il Ducky remaining party leader, then he will remain in post.

Dan

I've got two comments on the suggestion that Campbell was a failure because the Labour Party lost votes between 1997-2001.

First, voter turnout goes up in close elections and goes down in uncompetitive elections. 2001 was a very uncompetitive election and the result was a foregone conclusion. 2005 may be very different - Labour voters may be more complacent, non-Labour voters may be more engaged/angry.

Second - and this may or may not be a good thing - New Labour has managed to take the politics out of politics. If it seems to have given the people what they want, then they can use their energies on other things, like shopping, entertainment, television or snorting diet pills on a Saturday night. To manage an economy so well that voting is no longer necessary is surely something of an achievement?

Dan

I've got two comments on the suggestion that Campbell was a failure because the Labour Party lost votes between 1997-2001.

First, voter turnout goes up in close elections and goes down in uncompetitive elections. 2001 was a very uncompetitive election and the result was a foregone conclusion. 2005 may be very different - Labour voters may be more complacent, non-Labour voters may be more engaged/angry.

Second - and this may or may not be a good thing - New Labour has managed to take the politics out of politics. If it seems to have given the people what they want, then they can use their energies on other things, like shopping, entertainment, television or snorting diet pills on a Saturday night. To manage an economy so well that voting is no longer necessary is surely something of an achievement?

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