'The end is nigh...' or appears so with The Sun newspaper withdrawing its support from Gordon Brown and Labour after yesterday's Party conference speech at Brighton.
I sat through the whole affair and must confess to have felt more than a little nauseous after Sarah Brown's introduction of her husband, which was so 'American' in style, I'm surprised that the audience were not wearing Democratic Convention hats and munching popcorn as well!
This morning, I was delighted to see Sky's Adam Boulton, pin the Prime Minister down with a question I sent him. I used to work for Sky News and have Adam's personal email address.
Gordon Brown's stated plans for care for the elderly are laudable but who pays? The fear is that Government will find a pot of money from somewhere for three years and then dump the burden in the laps of the already cash-challenged local authorities like Thanet to carry on with from the Council Tax, rather like pensioner bus passes.
Adam asked this question and Gordon Brown gave the answer I expected. That money is already set aside from 'Non-priority' areas and cost-savings in the local Government budget for the next three years but he avoided expanding on the question. Adam replied that local councillors' (one for Thanet) are concerned that the money simply isn't there given the scale of the economies that are presently required and Gordon Brown remarked:"Councillors are always saying there isn't enough money". insisting that the money did exist but once again declined to be precise as to how this would be funded in the longer-term!
All promises, lots of spin and a delusional failure to accept responsibility, any responsibility for what has taken place in our country for the worse over the last ten years. And that' s not just me saying so!
I'm reminded of a Shakespeare passage from 'Antony & Cleopatra' that I learned at school:
"The loyalty well held to fools does make our faith mere folly. Yet he that can endure to follow with allegiance a fallen Lord will conquer he that did his master conquer and earn a place in the story"