There's nothing new under the sun

Clarke's Comment

A wry glimpse into the past and into the future...

It's May 1997.

An impossibly distant era of the past. 

The Soviet Union has collapsed and the Cold War is over. 

9/11 has not yet happened. 

Donald Trump is boasting about the size of the crowd at the 1997 Veteran's Day celebration where he'd acted as an 'associate grand marshal'. Wife #2 Marla looks unhappy.

Boris Johnson is writing for The Telegraph; he has just failed to become an MEP, been rejected as a Tory candidate for Holborn and St. Pancras and instead been given Labour stronghold Clwyd South to contest.

Upstart party UKIP are just 3 years old and Nigel Farage has just won 1.7% of the vote in the Eastleigh by-election, narrowly besting the Monster Raving Loony party's David 'Screaming Lord' Sutch by 169 votes.

The Conservatives have been in power for 18 years and it feels like it. 

They can hardly believe their luck, having won 4 elections on the trot, the last 3 against nationally unpopular left-leaning opposition leaders.

But the bills are in the post.

The former BBC correspondent Martin Bell is receiving great acclaim for standing as an Independent against Neil Hamilton, the incumbent Tory MP found guilty of corruption.

There is an air of arrogance and sleaze surrounding mounting scandals, cash for questions, arms to Iraq, IRA prison escapes, BSE, judicial reviews, abandonment of IRA ceasefire and the reluctance of ministers to accept responsibilities and resign.

The party is bitterly disunited over Europe.

Attacks from the Referendum Party and UKIP are enraging the right of the party.

They are perceived as being "in office but not in power" by Norman Lamont.

The Conservative press have turned against them, including The Sun.

The Pound Sterling is weak following the humiliating exit from the ERM, caused by economic incompetence.

The new leader of the opposition looks competent, decisive, reformist and has (temporarily) marginalised Labour's unelectable left. Militant are in retreat.

There's a feeling in the air that it's time for a change.

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It's May 2024.

An impossibly distant era of the future.

The Soviet Union has reformed as 'Russia' and the new Cold War is well underway. 

The Middle East is in chaos. 

Donald Trump runs a news channel called ConBox (sponsored by Fuddruckers®) and is back to boasting about his viewing figures. Wife #4 Svetlana looks unhappy. 

Boris Johnson is writing for The Telegraph; he has been ousted from the Tory leadership and replaced by Conservative membership favourite Priti Patel, whose 3 word slogan 'String Them Up' was considered unimprovable.  

Upstart party Renew are now 7 years old and are considered to be a dark horse in the election, following a series of dramatic underdog wins in local, devolved and Mayoral elections throughout the UK.

The Conservatives have been in power for 14 years and it feels like it. 

They can hardly believe their luck, having won 4 elections on the trot, the last 3 against nationally unpopular left-leaning opposition leaders.

But the bills are in the post.

The former BBC correspondent Gavin Esler is receiving great acclaim for standing as an Independent against Jacob Rees-Mogg, the incumbent Tory MP found guilty of insider trading and drink-driving on a penny-farthing.

There is an air of arrogance and sleaze surrounding mounting scandals, cash for influence, cash for access, MPs expenses, arms to Saudi Arabia, PPE procurement, Test & Trace, Prorogation, Internal Market Bill, Universal Credit, Hostile Environment, Sir Kim Darroch, Grenfell, Windrush, plebgate, pig-gate, Barnard Castle-gate, Chris Grayling and the reluctance of ministers to accept responsibilities and resign.

The party is bitterly disunited over Europe.

Attacks from Dominic Cummings' 'Anarchy In The UK' Party and UKIP are enraging the right of the party.

They are perceived as being "in office but not in power" by Jeremy Hunt.

The Conservative press have turned against them, including The Sun, Daily Mail, Daily Express, The Times, FT, Country Life, Horse & Hound and ConservativeHome.com.

The Pound Sterling is weak following the humiliating exit from the EU, caused by political incompetence.

The new leader of the opposition looks competent, decisive, reformist and has (temporarily) marginalised Labour's unelectable left. Momentum are in retreat.

There's a feeling in the air that it's time for a change.




Have a great week,

James and the Renew team
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