06 September 2009

Sunday Bloody Sunday

As night turns into morning, the news gets worse.  Firstly, you discover that Marr is back.  There is no need to switch on until about 09.45 when George Osborne (remember, don’t provoke Mandy) pops up.  Other guests include Trevor Phillips and Nigel Farage, the new Life President of the not-serous-about-power element of the Tory party and honorary fellow of ConservativeHome.  Both will keep the audience figures at an all time low.

Thankfully, the main business of the day will not be Marr but the subject of Lockerbie.  At all times keep in mind what Brown said the other day:

There was no conspiracy, no cover-up, no double dealing, no deal on oil, no attempt to instruct Scottish ministers, no private assurances.

Initially, refresh yourself with what Straw said yesterday and then slowly digest this revelation, this nugget in the Times followed by (No10 has had a busy night), now the Indy.  To conclude your Sunday morning reading line-up, turn to what John Rentoul has to say:

However the Brown story ends, we must be approaching the final chapter. As with so many prime ministers before him, it is framed by foreign events. In Blair's case, it was the Israeli invasion of the Lebanon that was the trigger for his departure. In Brown's case it is his fumbling policy towards Libya and Afghanistan – two names that he can never have expected to see on his political tombstone – that may mark the end of his political career.

After months of talking about coups, plots, splits, Labour party rules and who the best candidate is, will it be one of Uncle Donald Rumfeld’s unknown unknowns that final does it for Brown.  After all, Lockerbie wasn't even on the agenda three weeks ago.

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