14 April 2009

Is Brown now fatally damaged?

Cameron rightly said this today:

I don't know what Gordon Brown knew and when he knew it," he said. "He hired these people, he sets the culture, he's the leader.

However, more devastating for Brown is Frank Field’s latest blog post:

Harold Wilson asserted that the Labour party was a moral crusade or it was nothing. The McBride affair has left Labour members looking at nothing. That is the reality check that McBride has wrought on the party.

McBride sat on the Prime Minister's political War Cabinet. If this is the war the Prime Minister thinks the country wants he is in for a very rude awakening. In the meantime, Labour supporters are left bewildered and wondering what happened to the moral crusading side of our mission.

Now Tom Watson has called in the lawyers who are saying that their client had no knowledge or was copied in on the e-mails between McBride and Draper.

Dale is reporting that more Labour MPs are getting edgy.  Just where is this all going to end?  Is “McBridegate” going to be fatal for Brown?  If more Labour MPs break ranks and Downing Street can’t close this story down soon, how can Brown survive?



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  1. This may be the final straw and it looks like we are seeing a return to civil war....three Blairites putting the boot in today standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Cameron.

    One thought occurs to me....I used to work alongside a former special advisor, who renounced his former vocation and joined the Royal Air Force. Very nice guy, very perceptive and a good person to debate with over a few beers. Most certainly not a Draper or a McBride! He always said that - as far as Labour was concerned - Brown was the Blairite candidate, something I took with a pinch of salt at the time as I thought it was residual loyalty. Now I look back at what he said with a different perspective - perhaps the sense of betrayal was mainly in Brown's mind and the spat escalated out of hand due to Brown's own paranoia.


  2. Brown is nothing if not paranoid Jess but having known someone from his university days and Brown's behaviour then, it doesn't surprise me. Shame he picks staff with such little sensitivity though isn't it.

  3. Subrosa, I would be very interested in any details you have on Brown's behaviour. Can you expand on this? If you prefer, please send me an email.