Last week was a significant week. It marked the moment that the current Westminster leadership had overtaken New Labour’s length of time in office. It’s now more than the 13 years and a fortnight, give or take, that the Blair/Brown premiership(s) lasted. There have been five Conservative PMs in that time and more deputy PMs than you can name without a reference book.
Is it long enough to accept responsibility for what you’ve done and finally move on from blaming the crew who were in before and the note that one of them left in a drawer?
It feels like a long time. While the Conservatives will, as any government do, trot out achievements and bold claims over spending leading to better lives, the lived reality the nation feels cannot be papered over
It’s not just a sense of things grinding to a halt, but that the promises of better have come to nothing and that there is a complete vacuum where there should be big ideas. In lieu of bright tomorrows senior politicians now tell the public to stop complaining, to eat less cheese or to chow down on own-brand beans – you’ve never had it so good, you proles!
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Globally, food tends to be a tipping point for uprising, though not so much in Britain. There is less appetite for revolution here. Still, I can’t find any historical precedent for success coming through blaming people for the mess that is evidently not their fault, and then expecting them to back you.