Gordon Brown Adopts New Election Strategy
Labour led by Gordon Brown is on the verge of a historic defeat as the election looks increasingly a 2 horse race between the Conservatives and the Lib Dems.
The current showing of Gordon Browns “substance” has Labour in third place in the polls and senior Labour leaders are becoming very worried that Labour will replace the Lib Dems as the third party in British politics. The lack of any form of credible leadership after all the failed coup attempts against a deeply unpopular Prime Minister have the done the damage, the only person who can lead Labour is Brown no one else will step up and have a try. There will be many in Labour who will regret their lack of backbone as they begin at least a generation on the opposition benches.
Gordon Brown is to gamble on a last-ditch revamp of Labour’s campaign as he fights to prevent the election becoming a two-horse race between David Cameron and Nick Clegg.
The Prime Minister has decided to adopt a more high-profile role because senior party figures fear that Labour is flirting with an historic defeat. He has covered half as much ground as his rivals and spent much time addressing small groups of Labour sympathisers.
As he spoke, Labour suffered a triple blow on Mr Brown’s chosen topic.
Official figures showed that the economy grew by only 0.2 per cent in the first three months of the year, half the 0.4 per cent of the final quarter of 2009.
Analysis showed that the economy grew more slowly under Labour than it did under the Tories between 1979 to 1997 — an average of 2 per cent a year compared with 2.2 per cent. Martin Weale, director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, said that Labour was not running the economy in a sustainable way.
And Sir Philip Green, the billionaire owner of Topshop, became the latest businessman to back the Tories.