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The PM program [May. 10th, 2010|02:43 pm]
Richard Clegg
I'm trying to work but I'm mainly just pressing refresh on the BBC website to see if we have a government yet. Well the result could have been worse but not much. A Lib-Conservative pact would look like a total disaster to me with eroded Lib Dem support (how many people are already "never lib dem again" even before this), not much chance of any actual electoral reform and a very small number of LD MPs trying to claim they are "influencing" policy. Also is it really likely that any kind of electoral reform bill would get through given I reckon many tories would defy the party whip on such a matter. In a way the nicest possible result would be a minority Tory government which would quickly turn in on itself as the Tory party typical habit of eating its young in times of stress. What are the rest of you hoping/fearing from this?

[User Picture]From: moral_vacuum
2010-05-11 05:18 pm (UTC)
Wilson was very charismatic, and hooked his bandwagon to the "new society" and the death of deference. He was the first "modern" PM and certainly the first to understand that media is a tool.

Heath - Christ alone knows what happened there, actually.

Callaghan was "anyone but Heath", after the three day week and all that lot Heath didn't stand a chance.

Thatcher was a brilliant media manipulator, and knew exactly how to hit the populist G-spot - otherwise she wouldn't have won in 83 and 87. She may not have been a "winning personality", but she was a "personality who wins".

Major - got in because Labour was still bombed out from its battle with Militant and still had the ludicrousness of Clause 4. Plus he came across as dull, yes, but totally honest. Meanwhile Kinnock fucked up his - until then - media savvy with triumphalism.

Blair - messianic zeal, a big smile, and not the tories. Unbeatable media presence and spin control. He was the first president of the UK.
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-05-12 02:35 pm (UTC)
This is why I said presence and good looks. Only Blair (arguably) has both.
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