Just before Christmas The Guardian columnist Martin Kettle published a piece (16.12.06) urging us lefties to ‘get real’ about what level of competence we can expect from this Labour Government. The tired old argument that if ‘we aren’t careful the other lot will sneak in and then where will we be’ was dragged out and propped up in front of the fire and had its hot toddy refreshed. Those of us who are perpetually critical of the Government had formed ourselves into a ‘facile consensus’ which he branded ‘the amalgamated union of right thinking people’. Did we not realise that the business of government is about taking ‘tough decisions’? Well we ought to, it is given often enough as an excuse for fuck ups.
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