One to watch?
When Michael Portillo left parliament in 2005 he went full time into the media. I have an awful feeling that's what will happen to Lembit Opik who lost his seat recently. Failed politicians with no sense of shame tend to flourish in the media. I say tend to, there are exceptions, Neil Kinnock springs to mind. He was on after the Nulabour General Election meltdown doing the rounds, one studio after another, explaining something, I'm not sure what though and doing it badly as is the Kinnock way. But I still think the general drift here holds true. Just imagine Portillo gets influenza or gets stuck the other side of the world due to some volcanic ash cloud, how's Diane Lardybott going to cope with sitting next to Opik on the Daily Politics Show sofa, or for that matter Andrew Neil? The BBC has fallen in love with the LibDems so an ex-LibDem MP with a working knowledge of asteroids, well what could be better, or worse?
It was the same with Ken Livingstone after he lost the London Mayoral elections:wall to wall Ken followed thereafter; which leads me on to the next outcome. Upon the arrival of Boris Johnson at the expense of Ken this brought forth a new form of reporting. In the Guardian (where else?) a chap called Dave Hill began writing along the lines "we wuz robbed" which is still going on. Hill took the Livingstone concept of the "hovering pencil" (HP) to its, for him, logical conclusion. If you recall Livingstone decided that despite all the signs pointing towards his defeat the voter would, once in the polling booth, have a moment of reflection that would end favourably for him. After the result for Johnson was declared out went the suggestion that somehow, and never properly explained by Hill, the natural gyrations of the HP were taken over by dark forces that resulted in the wrong bloke winning.
The same mindset is now at work on the general election result. In the departure speech by Gordon Brown outside No10 Downing Street, at a lectern that looked cobbled together from a fence post and some unvarnished plywood, he claimed that he was leaving the UK better off than when he came into office. Clearly the man cannot do arithmetic. He had not noticed Nulabour got fewer votes than the Tories or the UK's eye-watering financial problems. And all this from a man who saved the world, a number of banks, and rid us of boom and bust. I predict that the mind games have only just begun. It will be interesting to see in the Nulabour leadership battle who continues to peddle this crap and who simply gets on with the job of salvaging the wreckage.