Yesterday's news that DING's poll "lead" was down to 2% will be a complete disaster for CCHQ. For one thing, the polls have been narrowing for some time, this is not a rogue poll. For another, because of Labour's rejigging of constituencies, a lead this small means that Labour will actually win.
Those of us who have been consistently critical of DING's "Blue Labour / Red Tory" tax-and-spendism will be reluctantly enjoying a moment of schadenfreude. Unfortunately, it's too late for him to change tactics now, it would merely confirm to everyone that he is the unprincipled huckster so many already see him as.
Cameron has been so focused on "detoxifying the Tory brand" that he has rendered his party useless: flighty, built on shifting sands, chasing after every focus group frivolity ...
Afraid of frightening the horses, the Tories have no useful economic policies. And right now, people are shitting themselves about the economy. Because DING has let Labour "set the economic narrative", he can't announce plans to do what needs to be done, because it will look like the enormous U-turn that it is.
Rather than starting out from a position of principle, he started out from one of expediency which means that it's extremely unlikely that he'll be able to do anything at all in the coming parliament -- he'll be leader of the opposition again. Although hopefully not for long. Even though the Tories are more open to regicide than Labour, unfortunately, I don't think they can get shot of the useless bugger in time for the election, and frankly, it would be worse for them if they did.
Gordon will be insufferably cock-a-hoop at having finally won an honest election (or as honest as one gets in this Godforsaken shithole) and will use whatever mandate he gets to drive this country firmly into the arms of the IMF. The economy will implode because the boil we should have lanced in 2007 has been fed with more and more borrowing. There will be no escaping the explosion of rancid, putrid pus.
With a bit of luck, the Tories will implode after a fourth successive election defeat. Furious at not getting their chance to manipulate the levers of power, their MPs will get shot of Cameron and descend into a mess of internecine warfare for the future of the party. Schisms, splits, and new parties a plenty.
This generation of voters will finally see the consequences of Labour's fantasy economics and consign them to four consecutive terms of electoral defeat at which point they will also implode.
With a bit of luck, Parliament will become not a see-saw, but an endless roundabout of squabbling, petty non-achievers. Completely powerless to follow any agenda, with MPs much more beholden to the electorate, the House will simply become an irrelevance until principled politics makes a return.
And maybe, just maybe, when people have five years of proof that no meaningful government doesn't entail the end of the world, people will finally understand the libertarianism will return their dignity and their self-respect and make a genuine community, unlike any of the nonsensical "communitarian" political models.
Perhaps DING's utter, utter uselessness may eventually have a good outcome. In my dreams.