Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Remember the 6th of November??

. Ifran Ahmed and Jonathan Calder both report on an Evening Standard story which says;

"Feverish speculation is sweeping Westminster that the PM could well go to the country to seek a mandate in the midst of the current financial turmoil. This could be an option if the PM is worried that we won't have recovered from the impending recession by 2010, the latest date on which he can go to the country.

Some say the PM is being urged to call an election now by none other than his new comrade-in-arms Peter Mandelson. A general election traditionally takes place 17 days after it is formally announced so if the PM wanted it to coincide with the Glenrothes by-election on 6 November, then next Tuesday would be the moment."

The Evening Standard is a notably Tory paper and it is well known that the Tories have lost control of the narrative and are desperate for anything to seize the initiative. What better way than to make Brown look weak again than by stoking speculation about an early election? Brown's intentions on November 6th are documented by Guido Fawkes. Why call the entire Labour Party to Glenrothes if you are planning a General Election on the same day?? The answer is that there is no reason because Brown doesn't intend on an election.

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