I say fellow bloggers, but the truth is that so far I have been a pretty feeble blogmeister.
The real wizard behind this site, as you all know, is Melissa Crawshay-Williams, and I have for some time been consumed with guilt that I am not helping her by supplying more of my own stuff.
So here’s my New Year Resolution – try to get down to the blog at least once a week.
And here is my opening thought for the New Year. It is unashamedly political, but so what.
This here feud between Blair and Brown – what is the voter supposed to make of it?
We are now barely 12 weeks away from a general election, at which Tony Blair will offer himself to the British public, once again, as a candidate to be Prime Minister for the next five years.
But how on earth can we believe him?
If we believe Gordon’s account, as relayed through Robert Peston, Blair ratted on a promise to go by November of last year.
The Labour benches, indeed parts of the cabinet, are now populated with those who want Blair out and Brown in.
Blair simply hasn’t the guts (or the intellectual self-confidence) to sack Gordon, not least since he would be a focus for constant mutiny on the backbenches.
It is therefore a racing certainty that at some time in the next parliament – if there is a Labour victory – Blair will finally honour his promise and make way for Esau Brown, he who was robbed of his birthright at Granita.
The logical moment to do this would be after Blair’s (very likely) defeat in the referendum on the European constitution.
If all that is so – and I am confident that it is – then the voter is entitled to ask what exactly he is voting for, at the next election.
Blair or Brown?
It makes a big difference, because I believe there are many voters who were attracted by Blair, but who would be leery of the gloomadon-popping, high-taxing old miseryguts of a Chancellor.
Apart from anything else, he sits for a Scottish seat, and it is infamous that the people of England should accept laws made by Scottish MPs when we English MPs have absolutely no say over corresponding issues in Scotland.
So which is it?
We need to know!
Unless Labour clear up this problem in the next three months – and explain clearly and unambiguously which is their candidate for Prime Minister – the party should be done for a false bill of sale.
If it’s a case of vote Blair, get Brown, then they need to be honest enough to say so NOW.