09 November 2009

Another Brown Monday


You know the game.  You are shown a picture and then you are asked, “What happens next?”.  The answer is that Gordon Brown had his ‘Michael Foot moment’ at the Cenotaph yesterday.  After laying his wreath, he stepped back without physically tripping up and forgot to bow his head.


imageNext up, we have letter Brown sent to the mother of a soldier killed in Afghanistan.  Not only is his name mis-spelt, but the letter is full of errors. Downing Street has been forced to put out a statement.



Then we come to Jackie Ashley’s headline grabbing article.  She goes through the motions describing Cameron’s little difficulties over Europe before moving on to the party she loves:

Some Labour people may think I'm sounding too gloomy, but those who have been privy to recent private polling are a lot more than gloomy. This suggests that Labour could return to the Commons with just 120 MPs or thereabouts, taking the party back to 1930s territory.

Good grief.  Can this be true?  So taken aback is Mike Smithson that he just posts the quote on his blog without offering any analysis.

The best that can be said is that the well connected Ashley wouldn't have put this information out there without knowing this poll was accurate.  However, there is not one public poll that supports these findings.

But, for the moment, Brown goes about his work.  He is off to Berlin today where he will make a speech to mark the 20th anniversary of the wall’s collapse.  While Brown is there, he will have a little word with those who matter about one Tony Blair's still unannounced job application to be President of Europe.  Once Brown has failed in that little task all eyes will fall on David Miliband.

The European version of musical chairs should end later this week.  The sooner the better.  Hopefully, we can then move on to bring the curtain down on Brown’s performance as Prime Minister.

One way and another, it has been quite a spectacle in ‘how not to do it’.

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