06 August 2009

More PM4PM silliness

Matthew Norman joins the PM4PM campaign:

He could, to cite just one, remove Gordon Brown by deploying a nuclear resignation. Not his own, of course, because the Heseltinian doctrine about crowns and assassins holds good. But he has all the codes, and having persuaded David Miliband not to quit in May, he could easily unpersuade him in October. Assuming the polls remain hideous, and that a wretched party conference provokes a fresh eruption of despair, the hapless Foreign Secretary might leave the Cabinet "in the interests of the party". The tears welling up, Mandelson would tell Gordon that he can do no more to save him, and he'd be gone within hours. Ms Armstrong, one of the Blairite cabal of whom Mandy is undisputed leader, could then give up her seat. His lordship could renounce his lordship, be back in the Commons within the month, and Prime Minister by Christmas.

Yes, dear boy he could and Hillary Armstrong, to whom Norman refers, does have a safe seat.  There is just two small problems with Norman’s argument.  What the electorate would make of all this.  As discussed, not much.  Then there is the significant issue to consider of how Labour MPs would take to all this.  Not well, it has to be said.

Moreover, is Mandy the type to appeal to the electorate.   He comes over as rather a divisive figure.  Nobody would question his intellect or his strategic thinking, but would be make a good leader?

In a way, and rather ironically, Mandy has similar strengths to Brown and looked what happened to him.

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1 comment:

  1. Also Mandelson is a wily type, he would probably retire 'gracefully' to some important cushy position like his EU Commissionership rather than try to be Prime Minister in name and risk all the criticism - especially as he has already tasted that power in effect.