Even The Guardian has had enough of Gordon Brown:

Political reform can no longer be put aside as an abstract idea, of appeal to dreamers but not to voters who face the harder realities of life. The public is calling furiously for a better system. People want an honest parliament. They want leaders who are prepared to act. They loathe the old system, and many of the people who are part of it.

All must agree that the die is cast and a hard judgment made. Otherwise progressive politics will be dragged down at a general election in May 2010 that could lead to a much bigger defeat than Labour suffered in 1979. That might bring a chance for other parties to take it forward, as the Liberal Democrats are trying to do in this election. But they are not placed to enter government. Labour has a year left before an election; its current leader would waste it. It is time to cut him loose.

via Gordon Brown: Labour’s dilemma | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian .

Gordon Brown will be remembered as a brief and unsuccessful Prime Minister and as a less brief but more unsuccessful chancellor. That is sad for him but sadder for the United Kingdom. Of much greater long term importance is a proper understanding of the system of government we have, the system which is now failing. The Guardian calls for a revolution in the way of doing government without apparently realizing that no revolution is possible within their mindset. Do the left propose to abandon the idea that a few should choose appropriate outcomes for the many?

True progress will come when people achieve responsible independence yet have more to do with one another, freely. The appropriate system of government is not one of direction and control, of rules set and amended by unaccountable authority, of coerced action to achieve other people’s ends. The right system of society is one of freely-chosen interdependence and mutual cooperation, a system within which people are free to choose and strive for their own ends by their own means wherever neither impinges on the ends and means of another. A system within which people choose to recognize the needs of others less fortunate and help them.

The right system of society is the uncoerced free market and the welfare society. Labour will never deliver that: they will never deliver human progress worthy of the name. We need a general election. Now.

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