September 5th, 2004

Return of the Milburn

If Milburn is going to be running the election campaign its sure to mean that the Brownites are going to be left out in the cold, since this High Priest of the Blairite brand of New Labour ideology is not going to want room in the manifesto for any more tax and spend wheezes. Not that the public finances can stand any more of that any way. It also doth methinks puts an end to the Blair is going to go because the-fat-daughter-is-at-the-pills-again, he-is-at-the-end-of-his-tether, and his-heart-is-dicky speculation. I always thought that was tosh. He’ll go on and on and on as long as he can. Blair is too vain to leave with things in a mess and his place in history uncertain. Obviously the odds on Milburn being Blair’s successor will be slashed at Ladbrokes first thing Monday morning, but perhaps still worth a flutter…

UPDATE : Both Times & Grauniad say Gordon Brown wants him to stay in the bosom of his family. But they conflict about Prescott, Times say Prescott resisting Milburn yet Gruaniad says the “two men respect one another”. Is that good?

UPDATE: Spin Automatic Smear Cycle “Milburn is NHS privatisers hired help” – so what? The Labour party itself gets plenty of donations from them NHS profiteers.



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Gyles Brandreth writes in his memoirs:

“Sunday, May 10, 1998

Early start: appearing on Breakfast With Frost, to be broadcast from 11 Downing Street. The Chancellor [Gordon Brown] is grouchily amiable, but so earnest — and still biting his fingernails to the quick.

After the show, he took us upstairs to his flat. He lives above No 10, while Blair and family are in the No 11 duplex, which is bigger and more like a proper house.

I was intrigued that, when he took us into his bedroom, the Chancellor rather ostentatiously opened the built-in wardrobes, as if he wanted us to see the women’s frocks that were hanging in there.

They looked quite large, but I don’t think they belong to Gordon. I assume they belong to his girlfriend [Sarah Macaulay, who he later married].

I presume he was keen for us to know that he has one — and that she’s not a ‘beard’. I don’t think he does anything without calculation.”



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Now the SNP know how UKIP voters feel all the time.


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