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Posts tagged ‘Labour Party’


The perfect storm

Whoever’s behind this knows what they are doing. The plot against Brown is a slickly organised coup, which may yet succeed. 

It’s not been the usual suspects. Barry Gardiner, Joan Ryan and Siobhan McDonagh were hardly regular members of the awkward squad and had all been given jobs by Gordon. Alan Milburn and Stephen Byers have stayed quiet so far (though you can be sure they support what’s going on).  Fiona McTaggart left the Government whilst Blair was still pretty comfortable and had never been seen as a likely rebel.  

What’s been impressive about this is how they have kept the story going day after day. A single letter (like the attempted plot to oust Blair) didnt work because it went away.  This is both capitalising on the pressure that already exists around Brown and playing the news agenda perfectly. Dripping out names and interviews day after day has ensured this story will stay in the news agenda (and all but killed the Lib Dem conference). 

Tonight they started to play their trump cards. The Standard quoted an unnamed Minister of State saying

“For the leadership to present this debate as just a dozen disaffected people is just ridiculous. By far the biggest group of Labour MPs, in my experience, is people who think he must go – and the only question that divides them is when.”

And now the BBC have this minister (probably the same one) saying: 

There just comes a point where you say, ‘I can’t go on lying’, you can’t go on saying ‘I think Gordon Brown is the man to lead us to victory’ when you don’t believe it.

They’ve played their hand now, they’ll have to resign before they are sacked. 
Now this isn’t yet a cabinet minister, but if one of those plays their hand then it surely is all over.
Gordon Brown may still attempt the speech of his life in Manchester (I don’t think he has it in him) but if he loses a cabinet minister it could be his Geoffrey Howe moment – he should watch out for savaging sheep.
This story is going on and on, and I can’t see how it can end well for Brown.