Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Blair Bursts Cameron's Bubble

It's amazing how quickly smiling and small talk can turn to cutting and stabbing. If you'd seen Tony Blair and David Cameron walking from the House of Commons to the House of Lords you would have thought that the two of them were best of friends, sharing a laugh a joke and a story about their kids. Fast forward 35 minutes and you'd be forgiven for thinking that they wanted to disembowel each other.

The imminent lifting of a burden can have a liberating effect and that was certainly the case for Tony Blair in his post-Queen's Speech exchange. It was as if the shackles had finally come off. In fairness, Blair was helped by the large number of ridiculous things Cameron said over the course of the summer. In particular, the hideous comment about "sunshine ruling the day" came back to haunt him.

Gordon Brown looked as if he was about to prolapse on the seat next to Blair. I expected to look in the dictionary and see Gordon's face under the phrase "the cat that got the cream". The only problem is that there's an election process to go through. Gordon looks well placed today, but things can change in a heartbeat.

The lesson from today is that Cameron is vulnerable. Blair finally burst the honeymoon bubble and there will have been a lot of nervous Conservative MPs sat behind him. I've said it before, but I think the Labour Party will be full of regrets as they wave goodbye to their best political operator.

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