We clearly are living with the embers of a dying regime.
The best we on the left can hope for is to limit Tory advances, perhaps even produce a lame Tory-Lib Dem coalition, and a short Tory interlude.
Labour's efforts should be all on a) making the poorest safe, b) ring fencing the NHS, c) explaining to public sector and the manufacturing/construction sector (still a big section of the economy) that Labour is best for them, d) repelling all claims that a public sector worker is not an economic contributor while a private sector work is, e) getting benefit recipients out to vote.
Above all, it's important to get the Lisbon treaty approved as this will do more to help the poor than anything else.
The Irish will vote for it this time. And it will go through.
Then Gordon Brown should be made to resign, and whoever is best to deal with opposition should take over for the necessary election.
My heart goes to Cruddas and Harman. Sense tells me Alan Johnson would be the best caretaker.
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