Despite a common misconception, karma is not simply ‘you get what you give’.  We have conditioned ourselves to believe that the sum of our inputs, the sum of our goodness, can be reflected back on us in some future life.  Some people credit karma with changes in their luck during their lifetime.

One person who may have cause to reflect on these silly superstitions is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown.  Throughout his political life he has made deals, allowed negative briefings against his opponents, coveted power and sought to destabilise and damage those who got in his way.

Today, probably without much malice, but with a perfectly sensible sense of self-protection, another cabinet member issued her resignation.  Hazel Blears was never obviously a threat to Gordon Brown, but when she became popular, and not entirely on his side, Brown briefed against the arch blairite and smashed her reputation.

Blears’ decision to resign holes Brown’s ship far below the waterline, just the day before watershed elections.  Gordon Brown may have pause to think tonight, before he retires to his bed, that if he’d managed his colleagues better on the way up, he might well have avoided the bad karma which seeks him out for destruction today.

This is #karmageddon