General Election date in February or March – or, when is a gaffe not a gaffe?

January 26, 2010

I’m 90% sure.

There have been far too many ‘gaffes’ by cabinet ministers apparently pointing to an election date in May for my liking. I think these gaffes are simply feints, designed to direct attention to May. They are the beginning of a pre-planned pre-election commentary which starts in earnest with the news that Britain is into recovery. This is Labour’s last best chance at taking the momentum away from the conservative’s ‘daily policy announcements’.

This is what causes me to say that I’m 90% sure. You could also argue that Brown would be better off campaigning than in front of the Iraq inquiry (April I think), that for economic reasons Labour’s campaigning must be short and sharp, that Cameron’s overt alliance with at least one NI party (as opposed to any implicit alliances Labour may have formed) might make Brown look more statesman-like in the current strife (although hopefully noone would play politics with this) or what-have-you.

So I think Brown is manipulating things more than he’s given credit for, that his cabinet’s gaffes are not gaffes but feints. The fact that some of the cabinet are such numpties whom you could believe would blurt out an election date, however, I do not go so far as to claim is part of a design 🙂

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