John Smith had been leader of the Labour Party for just under two years when he suffered a fatal heart attack on May 12, 1994.
His death occurred one week after local elections that had seen the Tories, then in government and led by John Major, suffer heavy losses. National opinion polls from the same month implied the Conservatives were deeply unpopular, showing them trailing behind Labour by as much as 20%.
It is intriguing to wonder how different a PM John Smith might have been in contrast to the man who replaced him as Labour leader, Tony Blair. It was widely known that Smith had no time for Peter Mandelson or his particular brand of spin, choosing not to employ either. Smith was less of a pragmatist than Blair and entertained decidedly frosty attitudes towards the sort of pro-market, pro-choice views of his successor. It is also likely there would have been no cosying up to the Spice Girls, no exhortation that "Labour's coming home" and certainly no Cool Britannia-themed parties at Downing Street had John Smith become prime minister in 1997.
Would he have sucked up BUSH'S ARSE and taken us into two wars we could not win? Would we now be in the financial turmoil we are now in?
I believe that the country would have been in a better state, we would probably not have had CYCLOPS as the worst PM for 100 years, NOT HAD THE TOTALITARIAN COUNTRY WE NOW HAVE and more importantly we wouldn't have had to endure 10 years of that FUCKING ARSEHOLE, TONY BLAIR!