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But everyone recognizes that there is power in numbers, so you do these things in private, and put on a show of unity to the people and the media.

That worked for almost 12 years.

Until the party was good in the polls.

It's difficult for me to understand why a party would choose to cede power

That os not a necessary consequence. The default wqould be a replacement of the PM, with the new PM forming a new government from the same party.

But, if not, those who jumped ship can hope to not go under with the election loss, and return to the helm in opposition.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 04:26:59 PM EST
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So, let's see if I understand.

The Labour Party is trying to force Brown to resign, and they will fill his seat with a more likable person?  Aren't all Labour candidates tainted by this?  If your party is in such a bad condition that the leader of your country must resign, I mean, isn't there political fallout from that?  Is this normal?  It wasn't on my radar because this simply is not an option where I am from.  

How much of the meltdown is the fault of Labour and how much the fault of Brown?  Would simply replacing him with another Labour person make a big difference in the party's viability?  Could it prevent the conservatives from taking over?

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 04:36:13 PM EST
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Aren't all Labour candidates tainted by this?

Agreed. But we see that from the outside. Those too close to the power centre is another thing -- especially the Bliarites.

If your party is in such a bad condition that the leader of your country must resign, I mean, isn't there political fallout from that?

In theory, one can hope for that to pass, and making a turnaround in the months left until the next elections have to be called. (In practice, it did happen just at the last elections here in Hungary: the year before, the then PM was toppled.)

How much of the meltdown is the fault of Labour and how much the fault of Brown?

Well, the meltdown is a wave of resignations, an internal affair. As for whether Brown can take the blame for the triggers of the meltdown... I doubt it.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 04:44:46 PM EST
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