susan_boyle_cartoonMy politics has always been rooted in the belief that ordinary people are capable of extraordinary things, given the right support and encouragement…Most of all I want to help the Labour Party to reconnect with the British people, to remind them that our values are their values, that their hopes and dreams are ours too.

These are some of the words from Hazel Blears’ resignation statement from the Cabinet. Just yesterday, the Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced that she too would be stepping down from her role and would be leaving politics at the next election. In the past few weeks, allegations about the expenses of a whole raft of MPs including Geoff Hoon, Alistair Darling, Shahid Malik and numerous others have rocked the Labour Party to its core.

Against this backdrop, the Prime Minister Gordon Brown this week responded by appearing on GMTV and announcing that he’d telephoned the people behind ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ to check on the health of Susan Boyle:

I hope Susan Boyle is OK because she is a really, really nice person and I think she will do well. I spoke to Simon Cowell last night and to Piers Morgan and wanted to be sure that she was OK

In the week when it is widely predicted that Labour will fail dramatically at the ballot box, when the BNP, UKIP and others will make significant headway in the European elections, and when his party appears to be falling apart around him, it is refreshing to see that Gordon Brown has again shown the type of political leadership that will not only bring about his own downfall but also the downfall of the Labour Party.

A truly great leader.

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