Look what happened in Australia. The prime minister, John Howard, is ageing, and he does not exactly exude charisma. His time in office was beset with troubles. In the last election, he was faced by an exuberant young challenger, Mark Latham (of the Australian Labor party), who initially made all the running. Yet Howard came out ahead come election time. Voters went for experience over youth, and if Brown becomes Labour leader and prime minister, the same could happen here.
Should Brown be reassured by this analogy? So Brown’s old and lacking in charisma but maybe by the time voters get into the polling booth, they’ll think that’s a good thing. And who knows, maybe David Cameron will start frothing at the mouth, assaulting cab drivers and trying to rip Gordon Brown’s arm out of its socket. I mean it could happen couldn’t it?
Maybe some new ideas would help too. Giddens new book, Over to you, Mr Brown: How Labour Can Win Again, is packed with new ideas designed to reinvigorate "Labour’s ideological position and policy outlook." It goes on sale later this month.
Some commenters on the Guardian site seem less than impressed. For example:
marketsaremonsters: Hilarious. One of the architects of that fautuous delusion called New Labour now presumes to rescue the movement from the shitpile his thinking ploughed it into in the first place…
welcometoairstripone: I’m one of the many people who’ll be switching to the Tories at the next election. Why? Because frankly the control freakery coming out of the current government scares me witless.
The latest proposals that have leaked out today include massive extensions on the use of innocent peoples DNA to trawl for crimes. We are no longer citizens, we are suspects.
Labour have led a full-on assault on civil liberties that have taken hundreds of years to build up. I have never been so dissapointed and angry in a political party.
You can make all the nice gooey noises about egalitarianism you like. I am no longer listening. Your intentions are only too clear. To become ever more embroiled and interfering in the lives of the people of the UK. Get lost.