Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Why don't Labour dump Blair?
"In the past 100 years, only three governments have fallen after Commons votes, and then in unusual circumstances. And yet every government from 1837 to 1874 fell after a parliamentary vote, not to say in 1886 and 1895.
"By no accident, it is now very difficult for a Labour party leader to be removed by the party itself, harder than it was for the Tories to remove Thatcher or Duncan Smith. But there is nothing to stop MPs from voting in the clean, clear light of the Commons against a government which no longer enjoys their support. It really ought to be easier to get rid of an unwanted prime minister than an inadequate football manager." —Geoffrey Wheatcroft