In the West Wing they call it the Big Mo. Bartlett had it. Santos had it. Now Lucas has it. Momentum! The real difference is that in the case of Caroline Lucas it is real. It may be the start of a snow blizzard out there, with freezing pavements and fresh snow everywhere. But all you can see while slipping and sliding around Brighton Pavilion is Green. I lost count at the number of Green Party activists delivering Green Leaf.
In the past month or so, the Greens have posted a letter/leaflet to every household in Brighton Pavilion, had the ‘bump’ of the opinion poll that put Caroline Lucas well ahead of Charlotte Vere and Nancy Platts, and now they are blitzing the constituency with Green Leaf. What was a stunning campaign in Goldsmid that saw Alex Phillips elected, is being reproduced in Brighton Pavilion, but eight times bigger.
Caroline Lucas has the Big Mo. With four months or so to go, and with the ever increasing probability of a significant win, momentum is definitely on the side of the Greens.
I cannot feel anything but sadness for Nancy Platts, a strong candidate but for a party that is committing political suicide. The Hoon / Hewitt betrayal has wounded every Labour candidate. Brutus and Judas, Hoon and Hewitt, two has-beens whose enduring legacy may yet be the destruction of Labour at the polls.
Filed under: Politics | Tagged: Alex Phillips, Brighton Pavilion, Brutus, Caroline Lucas, Charlotte Vere, Geoff Hoon, Goldsmid by-election, Green Leaf, Green Party, Jed Bartlett, Judas, Matthew Santos, Nancy Platts, Patricia Hewitt, West Wing |