All is over. Silent, mournful, abandoned, broken, the Tories recede into the mists
. Or something. Howard's resignation is IMHO not the best decision for Britain. The Tories had won England
, and had only failed to get more votes nationally because of UKIP votes - people to the Right of the Tory Party . So a beaten army, but retreating in good order, with morale and weapons intact, fit to fight again - and suddenly the general chucks away his sword and announces his intention to retire to a smallholding and raise chickens.
A pity, as it looks as if Labour are about to say to Blair 'so long and thanks for all the election victories
'. I can't wait for him to retire to a lucrative career on the US lacture circuit, though as Jon pointed out
, the thought of Cherie becoming a judge is enough to make one tremble. They're losing votes to Muslim parties and the BNP
, Brown's run of luck is about to end - why could not Mr Howard wait for these favourable factors to run their course ?
Until the moment I entered the polling booth I didn't know if I'd vote Tory or UKIP (after 25 years of Labour voting it's easy to skip from party to party once you've done it once - a bit like the 40something divorcee bouncing from one partner to another). The first time - Tory in 2001 - was the difficult one). In the end I thought I'd never forgive myself if the Lib Dems won the seat (they didn't) and voted Tory again.
Howard's departure makes me wonder if I made the right decision.
Nonetheless, as above, the political landscape is not very gloomy - and certainly not dull. Interesting times lie ahead.
PS - if Minette Marrin
has interpreted Mr Blair's Sun interview correctly, the man deserves a Viscountcy at the very least upon retirement.