Saturday, 12 January 2008

Racing post

In horse racing terms the favourite got off to a good start with the advantage of a lighter handicap (from MPs and journalistic pals, you understand) but soon began to flag badly, and it was just as well for him that the race was a sprint and not a steeplechase because the challenger was gaining on him fast by the home straight. I never believed the hype about a 60:40 lead. If the course had been a week longer, I believe the favourite would have lost.
But the ballots have been counted, and under the rules of the course the favourite won by a short nose.
Congratulations Nick, say I. The members have made their choice: you are the leader now. I’m following! This is the start of the real race.


Left Lib said...

I think it is a case of fingers crossed (from another Chris Huhne supporter).
As Chris Huhne did so well, I am sure he will scrutenise carefully what gets through.
The latest slogan I discovered at the manifesto conference yesterday was that the "Gentleman in the town hall does not know best either". As rhetoric goes, this looks rather suspicious to me - although I am open minded at the same time. I spoke to ALDC types and they were not concerned, they seemed to think it was a way of supporting what they are already doing. I am not so sure. Does this rhetoric imply that policies to do this are funnelled through local councils by democratic decisions, or will it be imposed on councils by central government?

Jo Hayes said...

Not the latter - rather, I believe, the idea behind the rhetoric is the return of power to ordinary people via different routes from the town halls. E.g. decisionmaking about local NHS services can be devolved to boards elected specifically for that purpose so that powers are more widely distributed than now. I think the late and much missed Earl (Conrad) Russell would approve.