January 6th, 2010

+++ The Letter +++

You read it here first:

Dear Colleague,

As we move towards a General Election it remains the case that the Parliamentary Labour Party is deeply divided over the question of the leadership. Many colleagues have expressed their frustration at the way in which this question is affecting our political performance. We have therefore come to the conclusion that the only way to resolve this issue would be to allow every member to express their view in a secret ballot.

This could be done quickly and with minimum disruption to the work of MPs and the Government. Whatever the outcome the whole of the party could then go forward, knowing that this matter had been sorted out once and for all.

Strong supporters of the Prime Minister should have no difficulty in backing this approach. There is a risk otherwise that the persistent background briefing and grumbling could continue up to and possibly through the election campaign, affecting our ability to concentrate all of our energies on getting our real message across.
Equally those who want change, should they lose such a vote, would be expected by the majority of the PLP to devote all of their efforts to winning the election. The implications of such a vote would be clear – everyone would be bound to support the result.

This is a clear opportunity to finally lay this matter to rest. The continued speculation and uncertainty is allowing our opponents to portray us as dispirited and disunited. It is damaging our ability to set out our strong case to the electorate. It is giving our political opponents an easy target.

In what will inevitably be a difficult and demanding election campaign, we must have a determined and united parliamentary party. It is our job to lead the fight against our political opponents. We can only do that if we resolve these distractions. We hope that you will support this proposal.

Yours fraternally,

Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt


450 Comments

  1. 1
    City Lad says:

    All of them Hoons.

    They are finished.

    • 8
      Pussy says:

      Hoon whipped

      • 206
        Steve Expat says:

        I never thought I’d ever write this, but good luck to Hoon and Patsy! :-)

        • 292
          When is a Hoon NOT a "Hoon"? says:

          I ALMOST (but not quite) forgive Hoon his crimes if he can tip the evil Brown from Downing St and a General Election happens in February.

          The country needs an election – we cannot possibly carry on like this for the next 5 months.

          Whatever one’s political views , an election needs to happen now and I hope this will prompt it – it surely cannot be allowed to rest in the criminal Brown’s own hands.

        • 293
          Hang The Bastards says:

          Bye Bye you Bong-Eyed son of a Hunt !

          • Hang The Bastards says:

            Actually I could have written them a better punchier version of a suitable letter. It goes…

            Dear Gordon

            Fuck off & die you bong eyed useless Hunt. I have been praying that you would have a stroke for sometime now.

            Your A Twat

            Tabbatha (age 6)

        • 450
          Bigbadbob says:

          Mark my words……………….

          This was an attempt to rid us of the Freemason stranglehold at No 10….

          For that, they get my full support, I’m saddling my charger now.. Tally ho!!!!!!

          Mark my words………………..

      • 306
        Cry "Havoc" and let slip the dogs of war! says:

        Watching PMQ’s at lunchtime,I told my wife that there seemed to be a very muted Labour Front bench – Darling did not nod his head at the right time for Brown’s screaming and wailing,Harman looked at Brown as if thinking “now what rubbish do I have to hear from this turd this time?” and Nick Brown,well he STILL looks like a Swedish insurance salesman waiting at a bus stop in suburban Stockholm,on his way to work.

        I predict the major cabinet hitter to go against brown will be;

        Harman
        or
        Straw
        or
        Darling

      • 383
        All is not quite what it seems. says:

        Perhaps this is another of Mandelson’s masterstrokes – PRETEND these two want a leadership election and then the cowardly backbenchers and ministers run to Brown’s defence – job done,Brown still PM and off they carry on.

    • 9
      solopolis says:

      “Many colleagues have expressed their frustration at the way in which this question is affecting our political performance.”

      There is more than just leadership that is affecting the performance of New Labour.

      It’s the tip of a humungous iceberg.

      Hypocrisy by our Glorious Leaders.
      Complete and utter shambolic economic policies.
      Gerrymandering via the swollen public sector.
      Immigration.
      An epic mess of social and welfare reforms.

      Need I go on?

      New Labour, New Danger.

      • 185
        backwoodsman says:

        You’ve got to love the smell of a mass ‘friendly fire’ incident in the morning ! Geoff hoon, putting the hypocracy in nulab.

      • 248
        Anonymous says:

        According to one Labour MP just interviewed on Sky we are worried about issues like global warming?????

        • 265
          zed says:

          I am ,i cannot wait for it to start i’m f*king freezing!.

        • 323
          solopolis says:

          I’ll start worrying about it when the tosspots at the top start leading by example.

          I’m not giving up my car and my stable of motorbikes until “they” start to give up the Daimlers and the poncing about, flying first class, and transporting an entourage of thousands to poxy climate conferences.

          Fuck ‘em. They want the respect of the electorate? About time they earned it. Payment is acceptable in blood, sweat and tears.

    • 10
      Down with Brown! says:

      Brown = dead duck.

    • 11
      Anonymous says:

      We have the longest recession on record, the fastest rise in unemployment on record and a national debt that will double to £1.4 trillion and they squabble over leadership!

      • 23
        Down with Brown! says:

        Rather than solving the problems they created, Labour just row among themselves. If their Leader is so crap (and he is) why did no one stand against him to be leader back in 2007.

      • 56
        Gordon Brown's Rebuttal Plug says:

        And no feckin’ GRIT !

        • 173
          Agent 99 says:

          they just gave up now where I am. No grit left, roads are now closed with exception of main trunk roads which are empty coz no fucker can get to them. Schools closed today already notified closed tomorrow, Business shut. Were Fucked!

          Wish someone had warned us this was coming…Oh!

          Labour isn’t working. Would have thought they had learned there lesson from last year and stockpiled some. Trouble is ther is no money

          • ian e says:

            ‘Trouble is there is no money’ – Also they believe their own crap about global warming: so how can there be another bitter Winter – it is just a temporary Tory lie!

          • No, no. there is no problem. Just a light smattering of snow dust to make the country look fairyland like and cheer everyone up.
            All the trains are running, all the schools are open, all the people are happy. Road gritting has increased 45% under this government. Don’t you remember those news reports just before Xmas. All councils have enough supplies and there will be no problems this year. Anyway, there will be no snow as the planet has warmed up.
            All you have to do is close the curtains, unplug the telly and everything is fine.

            Lalalalala

      • 365
        solopolis says:

        They can’t change the national debt and they know it.
        I did the maths in November and posted my analysis here.

        http://solopolis.livejournal.com/4805.html

        The only thing they can influence is which of their own kind can be their leader.

        Pathetic tossers. For all their perceptions of power over us little people, the only thing they can influence is themselves.

    • 41
      Down with Brown! says:

      Why have a vote just for Labour MPs? Why not give the vote to the British people as a whole? They will tell you what they think of Gordon Brown’s lack of leadership.

      • 141
        Anonymous says:

        If he was thrown out by his party after never having been voted in by an election he would go down in history as a “mistake” PM.

        That would be the pinnacle of failure.

        Being voted out by the people can be excused, but being voted out by your party, after never getting a peoples mandate, is humiliation.

        • 354
          Anonymous says:

          Very, very good point and I really do hope so. It would sort of make up for it all.
          Please let him be voted out of No 10 by his own people oh pleeeeze with drizzled fairy sugar and a huge great juicy cherry on top

    • 83
      Gordon 4 Leader. Dave says:

      Dave is now shitting himself. So near yet so far if Gordon goes

      • 212
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        Why? Because he might have to put a tiny bit of effort into winning the election?

        I can’t see who would lead newlabour into victory at the GE.

    • 96
      Postal Vote says:

      Brown has just called a February election – you read it here first

      Brown is confident he’ll pull it off helped by the core vote sustained by means-tested benefits and public sector jobs with cushy pensions as well as very high percentages of postal votes!

      • 117
        Carlos says:

        I’m going to call bullshit on that one. Unless you have a source to back it up.

      • 162
        rightwingatheistc*nt (prev cp) says:

        Ergo – Tory victory.

        They’ll be better dealt with in power.

        No hung parliament now.

      • 211
        solopolis says:

        Bollocks. Prove it.

        New Labour can’t afford the advertising space in February. Its all been taken up by Thorntons and deBeers for Valentine’s Day.

        • 347
          Just rewards says:

          Would be a great Valentine gift for your loved one;

          “My darling,I have not got you any flowers,have not written a card or booked a restaurant,but I can confirm Gordon Brown is finished”

          “Oh light of my life,fire of my loins,that is such a wonderful present – I will do that thing I have always said I would never do with you because of this wonderful news!”

          “Ahh,well let me bend over now,my darling”.

      • 220
        oldfella says:

        nice idea but can anyone see Brown wanting to go out this way?

        He’s going to stand his ground and fight (for himself not the country) – it’s the only way an obsessive, violent, hungry for power and full of himself shit man can behave – his fingernails will scroll on the front door of No10 as he’s dragged out….

      • 276
        normal person says:

        they aren’t going to count the votes overnight so they will be sat somewhere all night in boxes its just as well this government isn’t sleazy or corrupt and the BBC has been monitoring peoples worries about postal vote fraud

      • 327
        You can bet on Gordon to fail says:

        Ladbrokes have a Feb election at 50:1 – being unemployed (not claiming) – this could be a really good bet to generate a couple of hundred K.

    • 207
      pickled_wizard says:

      Todays word is ‘hollow’

    • 264
      There is hope afterall says:

      I HOPE THEY GET RID OF BROWN. The thought of EITHER CAMERON OR BROWN running the country for the next 5 years depresses ME

    • 328
      Gordon says:

      Right Boys, Phone up the News of the Srews and the Mail and release the dirt on those hoons Hoon and Hewitt.

    • 368
      Gathering pace says:

      There is a big swinging dick in the cabinet that will resign by 6pm tonight – all part of the momentum.

      • 404
        Mike Litorus says:

        There is not enough dicks in the cabinet Swinging for my liking

      • 407
        They are Doomed DOOMED I tell ye' says:

        The only ones that matter are Darling and the postman but mainly Darling. If he had any decency in him Darling should withdraw the knife and stick it in deep will he wont he? Ooooooooooo…..!

        Millitwat for some reason won’t make a difference I am certain but hey ho who knows on Planet Labour.

    • 448
      Anonymous says:

      keep your irritating Tory mouths shut please unless you have anything constructive to say. It is your party who will be finished when you lose or hang yourselves on the unlosable come May

  2. 2

    Rats wishing to abandon sinking ship queue here.

    • 30

      Actually no. It’s a fight over who is Captain when the Titanic sinks

      Malcolm Tucker has been called back, Gordon will be forced to call a GE in March

      • 32
      • 71
        The Hague says:

        It’s about Iraq.They’re in blind panic.

      • 169
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        Is it just good timing?

        The GE campaign has started, its possible with slow wheels turning that Labour could get a new leader, call an election, and hold it just a couple of weeks before when it was supposed to. For example, they could spend a month making it clear that Brown isn’t the leader any more.

        I don’t suppose that makes a difference to who wins the GE, but labour without brown is likely to get more seats, and cut the conservative majority.

        • 334
          Snowbound says:

          I really think Labour could pull it off if they get rid of Brown now and have an election in 4 months time.

          At least the snow will have melted by then,….won’t it?

      • 329
        All aboard! says:

        But the Labour backbenches actually want to row their little canoe UP to the Titanic and get on board before I sinks!

        Amazing.

    • 35
      Bullet Magnet says:

      Clarke has now also said “Sign me up too”

      • 110
        Throbber says:

        That makes three useless failures.
        Mind you that describes the entire Labour party.

        • 150

          And Frank Field

          • The Ape Man Commeth says:

            “John McFall says the HoonTwit move “is a bit of a death wish”,”

            Good the wee scotish bully boy predicts a death wish I certainly hope so. But best of all is”

            Chris Bryant tells WATO it was a bit of a damp squib.”

            Hopfully he’s right cos if he is the extra dammage it will do to the already paranoid scotish monster could send the loon totally barking mad; and what fun that will be for the next few months as his feeble brain slowly turns to pigs slurry; watching as the odious bully grins and gurns and waves those artless trotters around like a man possesed when at photo op in an infants school, suspicious that every child who doesn’t bow down and kiss his robe is plotting against him. And all this on the Bbc

          • R.McGeddon says:

            Frank Ifield of ‘I Remember You, Hoooon !’ fame, OH ?

          • R.McGeddon says:

            @ TAMC: The HoonTwit Assassins. Brilliant !

          • They are Doomed DOOMED I tell ye' says:

            13:26 Danny Alexander: “Labour has given up any hope of winning this election and given up on governing the country.

            “Labour MPs are now in a desperate scrabble to save their own seats and minimise their defeat.”

          • Rufus Stone says:

            Margaret Beckett described on Sky News as a ‘Warhorse’.

  3. 3
    Zakari Al Shafiq says:

    I suspect most Labour MPs will be too cowardly to act. As usual.

  4. 4

    Point of order: how can Patsy sign a letter “yours fraternally”?

  5. 5
    Gordie McBroon says:

    It must be fake.

  6. 6
    roygbiv says:

    Come on, Labour. Grow a spine and try to derail Cameron smarming his way into number 10.

  7. 7
    Mentalist says:

    Get out Labour. All of you. Now.

  8. 11
    Down with Brown! says:

    “The continued speculation and uncertainty is allowing our opponents to portray us as dispirited and disunited. It is damaging our ability to set out our strong case to the electorate. It is giving our political opponents an easy target.”

    I agree with that.

    • 53
      Mr Ned says:

      This is not Hoon and Hewitt trying to ditch Brown, on the contrary, this is Brown’s “John Major” moment when he famously decided it was time for the party to put up or shut up!

      Well, they party did put up and even in defeat, that wing of the party, did not shut up, even during the election.

      That said, at least Major had the guts to take on his party himself. He was not so cowardly as to leave it to underlings to throw down the gauntlet, because he was too chicken to do it himself.

      This is a sure sign of absolute desperation and a party, near bankruptcy, that cannot even run itself anymore, let alone a country.

      We need a general election NOW!

    • 63
      Foxy Fuchsochs says:

      I approve of it.

  9. 14
    Rui says:

    Why? As soon as Brown starts picking up and looking alright they want him out? Hoon and Hewitt are utter arseholes.

  10. 15
    Billericat Dave says:

    OT sky just said Gormless had a good PMQ’s !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 106
      labour hump on my back says:

      hey guess what Micheal White scores Brown 4 Cameron 3 well no surprise there then.fucking Labour lacky

    • 187
      Just saying says:

      Billericat, CMD had another bad one

      When next week, Gordon replies to a question with a question of his own, why does n’t CMD protest to the speaker , and the camera, that Gordon is being unparliamentary?

    • 213
      Steve Expat says:

      Iain fucking Dale thinks Broon won PMQs – surely the idea is that the PM answers the questions, and until he does he can never win.

      • 301
        mondeoman says:

        Brown looked carp, was carp (very fishy to me), still NEVER answers a question, so how can you ‘score’ any PMQs?

  11. 16
    Koba says:

    Is it true they wrote it in bed?

  12. 18
    Goer-Deller says:

    Hope they leave the briefcase closer to the fuhrer this time.

  13. 19
    Marcus Aurelius says:

    How about asking the country instead of just the privileged expense junkies in the PLP.

    For the many not the few.

    Remember?

  14. 20

    It also means, that if they chose to back him, then they have to take that message to the electorate

  15. 21
    Andy Burnham says:

    My name will be on the ballot paper.
    Labour need a Blairite to fight the next General Election

    • 64
      Mr Ned says:

      Hmm do you want the delusional/incompetent side of the party running the election or the evil/war-criminal side?

      Some choice that. Either way the party is fucked!

      Good riddance to them all too!

    • 67
      A. N. Wellwisher says:

      You’re just pissed off because Gordon won’t let you claim for any more mascara and eyeliner on your expenses. Aintcha?

    • 139

      Not a Blairite that looks like a roadkilled badger though, Andy.

    • 278
      oldfella says:

      you just said you thought it was a mistake to challenge Brown – make you’re mind up idiot

  16. 24
    Mr Ned says:

    So this is designed to head off public dissent within the ranks and rally everyone around Brown, a loser, coward and delusional mental-case.

    What happens then if those who are sure to lose their seats feel that they genuinely do face a better chance of staying at the trough by ditching Brown?

    This could blow up magnificently and start a massive dose of bitter and brutal and public in-fighting.

    They know that they cannot possibly win with Brown in charge, and they also know that he will definately not be labour leader following the election. So why not ditch him now and get a fresh face in?

    The question is, by how big a margin do they want to lose by?

    • 256
      backwoodsman says:

      Think about the ones who have already said they are going – what a perfect way to get a little revenge on someone who has, by repute, managed to offend pretty much everyone he has ever come into contact with !

  17. 25
    Secret Lemonade Drinker says:

    I heard it here second Guido.

  18. 26
    Govt by Cluster-Fuck says:

    Awesome news, Brown can not possibly survive this.

  19. 29
    DisgustedOfMitcham2 says:

    It’s a pipe dream. They may ask for a secret ballot, but that’s a long way from Gordon agreeing to one.

    • 45

      It’s not the people who vote that count. It’s the people who count the votes.

    • 113
      Old Street says:

      they could just send a ballot to everyone but Gordon and avoid him all together.
      He doesnt have to sanction shit that way.

      Then if the ballot is good its knives in the back time. The usual suspects wussing out until someone else goes first of course.

    • 199

      Do you think Brown would let it happen? I don’t, nor do they, I’ll bet. They just want to dissociate themselves and a lot of the party from him so they’re still electable when he’s not.

  20. 31
    Kash Karib says:

    Always first with the news Guido, great work

  21. 33
    F says:

    I have just spoken on the phone to my cousin in Manchester who is a Labour councillor and well in with Graham Stringer the local MP. My cousin reckons it’s a racing certainty that Brown will be out before the end of this month. He says this rebellion has got real support and is determined to finish Brown off this time.

    • 47
      Four eyes says:

      Tell your cousin that him and all his Labour mates are hoons.

    • 58
      Animal says:

      And yet the BBC has had 2 Labour MPs on the phone backing Brown during Derbyshire’s R5 show.

      If there isn’t a wholesale rush by nearly every Labour MP to speak up for Brown by the end of tonight then the cracks will get pretty big, pretty quick.

      I can bet Nick Brown is a busy boy right now…….

      • 389
        How now Brown cow? says:

        Yep – as it is only day 6 in the month he has about £322 of his monthly food claim to bill so he will be off to a restaurant to make his fat stomach even fatter – triplets all round!

  22. 34
    Down with Brown! says:

    A name on the ballot paper should be David Cameron’s, the leader of the most popular party in the country.

  23. 36
    Anonymous says:

    What we really need is a letter from Dan Hanaan to get that twat cameron replaced.

    • 377
      Mr Ned says:

      I think there are many tories waiting for them to get into power first. THEN get Hannan elected leader.

      Personally I do not have any faith in that idea ever being allowed to get off the ground by their puppetmasters.

    • 431
      Dave M says:

      Indeed we do !

  24. 37
    Rumpole says:

    The idea of the population of the country being involved in deciding it’s own future it totally foreign to all these lying cheating bastards.
    “We must get totally united so we can get a majority large enough to force through our policies to control the polulation” seems to be the cry of both (all?) parties.
    “Leave no room for the population to effect the outcome”.
    Bloody disgusting and a far cry from what “they” pretend is our democratic system.

    • 81
      Mr Ned says:

      Indeed I am thinking of moving to Iceland, where the President still gives a shit about what the population wants.

      • 88
        Mr Ned says:

        And if Gordon Brown (or his replacement) gets Iceland vetoed out of joining the EU, even better!

    • 432
      Dave M says:

      How can you call them “Cheating Lying Bastards”

      They are not that nice a bunch !

  25. 39

    Oi Snot Goblin, go nuke and call an election. That’ll fuck ‘em all up.

    • 259
      Australian says:

      HAB – wouldn’t it be hilarious if the nasal miner actually had the cojones to do just that?

      • 379
        Mr Ned says:

        You would see the dissentry fly all over Westminster if he did. The anal sphincters would be clenching so fast, that some ministers would turn themselves clean inside out!

  26. 44
    Ted says:

    All this trouble going on right now yet the Coffee House blog at the Spectator hasn’t updated for ages.

    I bet if it was Cameron under threat, Nelson, Hoskin, Blackburn and the rest of them would be blogging frantically.

    • 93
      HB says:

      The Spectator is an anti-Tory rag these days.

      Frazer Nelson has sold his arse to the Barclay brothers.

      • 123
        labour hump on my back says:

        spot on

      • 188
        rightwingatheistc*nt (prev cp) says:

        It will continue to be with that c*nt Alex Massie writing for them.

      • 343
        Flat Earther says:

        I’ve noticed that too. Fraser’s complete about face on Labour started almost directly after he got promoted.In fact he has not had a good word to say about the tories since.

      • 386
        Mr Ned says:

        When Sky news finally started reporting on the climategate scandal (several weeks late) they had Fraser Nelson on arguing against an ardent climate alarmist. He was the most pathetic and useless person I have ever seen. he started by saying he believes fully in man-made global warming and everything the IPCC says.

        All the alarmist could say is, yeah, well that is not what Nigel Lawson says!

        Wha????

        He is as pathetic a joke as the rest of the melonheaded labour supporting delusionists

  27. 46
    Boudicca says:

    The Nokias must be flying; any Civil Servants working in No.10 had better get their personal defence shields raised.

  28. 48
    JL says:

    This rebellion explains why Brown was even more mental, ranting, and hysterical than usual at PMQ’s.

    • 393
      Cabinet on a hot tin roof says:

      Yep – he was absolutely right on the edge – and that cabinet were sat there each of them thinking “how can I NOT vote against this moron”

  29. 49

    [...] Fawkes has the letter: +++ The Letter +++ – Guy Fawkes' blog __________________ Ars longa, vita [...]

  30. 50
    Gavlar says:

    Will any of them even bother to read it? It doesn’t start with ‘Dear Comrade’.

  31. 51
    Anonymous says:

    Let’s hope Brown stays, because if he does Labour will lose spectacularly and we will be rid of the lying socialists for hopefully a generation

  32. 52
    Roger That says:

    Air Nokia 1 cleared for take off.

  33. 54
    William says:

    Why is PMQs at the BBC having technical issues?

  34. 55
    antifrank says:

    looks like the neocon armchair tories are getting over excited. Ooooh. What are they going to do? Put a UKIP poster in their garden.

    Leave the running of the country to us. You go back to your share options, private healthcare and plasma tv.

    • 69
      Anonymous says:

      Said the armchair troll.

      • 157
        antifrank says:

        me? Armchair?

        No. I’m a Labour councillor.

        Just leave it to us. We are making the right decisions and Gordon Brown is providing the leadership.

        • 221
          Brown loves Bankers says:

          antifrank is another angry and impotent little Labour troll.

          The worse the news for Labour, the angrier and more ‘Comical Ali’ they get.

        • 244
          Australian says:

          You’d better get back to the armchair then Antifrank. You are not only a danger to yourself, but the whole country. Just stay indoors where you can do least harm.

        • 435
          Dave M says:

          And you own up to it !

          You must be more idiotic than your post pretends !

          The best decision you could all make for the country would concern a shotgun and a head – but your all so inept – you’d probably miss !

          Bunch of traitors !

      • 420
        Panty Wank says:

        Antifrank

        Snow stopped you going out to get your giro?

    • 105
      Mr Ned says:

      When are labour going to start running it then? Almost thirteen years and all they have been doing is ruining it.

      OH I see, that is what you meant, but you are too thick to spell ruining!
      Gotcha.

    • 204
      rightwingatheistc*nt (prev cp) says:

      ” You go back to your share options, private healthcare and plasma tv.”

      Thanks.

      I will.

    • 421
      Comrade from the ethnic minority stuff says:

      giz us some grit

  35. 56
    Mr & Mrs Ball-Scooper says:

    YOU CLINTS !! WE’VE GOT MORTGAGES TO PAY !

  36. 59
    genghiz the kahn says:

    I thought that The Thing from The Adams Family was helping Gordon at PMQs today.

    Hewitt, Hoon, who else?

    Serves Brown right.

    Has PB’s server failed?

  37. 60
    Down with Brown! says:

    Labour are going to waste what money remains fighting themselves.

  38. 61
    YESSSSSS!!!!!!!! says:

    HOLY SHIT !!! DOUBLE HOLY SHIT !!!! AND EVEN TRIPLE HOLY SHIT!!!!

    THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY DOOMED! FINISHED, KAPUT AND DONE FOR

    Yeeeeeeaaaaaaaaassssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YIHAHAHAHAHAHA

  39. 65
    An Englishman says:

    A Labour Secret Ballot! So they can just make up the result.

    And a ballot about what? How many boxes? Will it be just Brown out or Brown stay?

    Or will they have an opponent? How about they choose a deadwood backbencher who’s about to stand down and make him the only alternative to Brown. That should ensure a good party mandate.

    What’s the point? Brown’s utterly crap and a national disaster, but they don’t actually have anyone better!

    • 98
      Mr Plum says:

      Maybe Brown will be the only one on the list

    • 102
      resurgemus says:

      I’ve already filled in 1500 postal votes

      • 138
        Hamclam Chowder says:

        Get your finger out, man. We’ve posted 30,000; we don’t want our benefits jeopardised.

    • 392
      V for Vendetta says:

      Postal voting of course – the result is aready known.

      Gordon 4,000 votes
      Anon( unwilling to confirm identity unless declared the winner) 0 – voted for their opponent in the spirit of fairness and equality

      an iron cast success for the glorious leader

  40. 66
    Dack Blog says:

    I suspect the Eton jibe was the last straw for Mandy.

  41. 68
    Nick says:

    phew, Cameron had a bit of a shocker at PMQ’s, he will be glad the Beeb and Sky are all over this now instead.

    • 121
      Animal says:

      I remain minded it is tactical. Cameron wants to face Brown in the GE. He doesn’t want such an unpopular PM removed by his own backbenchers, so he’ll tread lightly now and wind up the wick in the run-up to the election.

      Nice plan but loks like it the PLP have finally rumbled it. So now he has to hope this letter drags the PLP into a drawn out and very messy little war that turns the electorate against them.

    • 238
      Archer Karcher says:

      Dismal Dave always has a shocker, he is useless and offers nothing but more of the same.

      • 437
        Dave M says:

        Im suprised he (CMD) knows which side of the house to sit on when he goes in – probably has a bigger argument when brown wants to sit down ! Then has to look around at who is wearing the same coloured tie as him !

        Creepy lying toad !

        A pox on both their houses !

  42. 69
    Headsonpoles says:

    The recession is over.
    A massive order for new phones and printers has been received from a bunker in London.
    That is all.

  43. 72

    [...] Published January 6, 2010 Uncategorized Leave a Comment Guido Fawkes has the letter from former Cabinet Ministers Patricia Hewitt and Geoff Hoon calling for an immediate ballot  on [...]

  44. 74
    The Unknown Streetcleaner says:

    It’s the last fight for the soul of the Labour Party and the last fight for NuLabour.
    There will be a functional opposition in Parliament or a rump socialist Taliban after this.
    Pass the popcorn.

    • 118
      Foxy Fuchsochs says:

      Nick Clegg:

      “Go back to your constituencies – and prepare for shadow government!”

  45. 76
    resurgemus says:

    Tony Blair must be rolling on the floor laughing his arse off !

  46. 77
    Moo says:

    Let the Postman lead the working party! Alan is the man! Think Kevin Costner Alan!

  47. 78
    Anonymous says:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8443769.stm

    2nd most read about this…. but appearing as a 404 to me.

    CONSPIRACY! … it’s that IWF again.

    • 153
      HMRC's Bleeding Stone says:

      Yes, all trace of the story has disappeared. Obviously a call from the bunker to the BBC telling them to pull it

    • 179
      solopolis says:

      Its 404 here too.

      And “technical issues” preventing live updates to the PMQ page. My Arse you mean censorship!

      Spin you bastards! I dare you!

      When you’re dizzy from all that spinning I will take great vengeance and punish you all with my wrath.

  48. 80
    Headsonpoles says:

    Maybe, just maybe, there really is a God?

  49. 82

    [...] opinion on how to heal the rift within the party. Letter can be seen on Guido Fawke’s website here. (Please note I do not support Guido’s call to join the Fabian Society as it is an ancient [...]

  50. 84
    jo public says:

    would the last freeloading, corrupt, it was’nt me gov, labour slime bag please turn the light out on new labour as you close the door to the sunken ship
    night night Gordon

  51. 84
    Headsonpoles says:

    Toilets Maquire is…….

    …….nowhere to be seen :)

  52. 86
    The Dirty Rat. says:

    Guido. Get up that clip of ‘Toenails’ poo pooing the blogosphere before the news broke.

    • 91
      McMong says "pass the Vaseline Mandy" says:

      Toenails trying to spin for Liebour like he always does, He’ll be on the phone to McMong right now getting his orders.

      • 202
        jibba says:

        On the guardian website there is a comment that toenails is claiming this is all just a bloggers’ plot and not real. Did he really say that? Trying to kill the story straight away?!

    • 205
      streamfisher says:

      That was priceless, know it all Robinson the chief BBC mong, slags off Blogosphere and then made to look like a complete tit 30 minutes later, doesn’t even have a clue what’s going off in his own Party.
      BBC say: ERROR 404 (again)

      • 228
        McMong says "pass the Vaseline Mandy" says:

        McMong is the chief mong, toenails is a monglet.

      • 252
        jibba says:

        13:29

        Still page won’t load. Mandelson must be seriously unsure which way this will go and the BBC can’t run the story without his permission… this might be the real thing – Gordon Brown, ex-PM, most hated man in Britain..

  53. 87
    McMong says "pass the Vaseline Mandy" says:

    Expect the BBC to come out fighting for McMong today.

    • 154
      Animal says:

      It’s coming up to ten past one.

      On the BBC there has been minutes worth of Brown supporters (2) so far.

      About 25 seconds of Hoon.

  54. 92
    Anonymous says:

    Call me a cynic, but isn’t this just Buff Hoon trying to distract us from his appearance at the Iraq enquiry?

  55. 94
    Headsonpoles says:

    BBC reporting snow falling ………..

    • 135
      Foxy Fuchsochs says:

      ………as entirely consistent with the Warmist’s projections………

      • 288
        Hamish Macbeth says:

        I thought Brown and other world leaders flew to Copenhagen to go on a jolly and increase their carbon footprint whilst telling us to reduce ours.

        I now realise they were hard at work and as a result we are having the coldest snowies winter for 6 million years – Asia, America and the rest of Europe are also covered in the white stuff. Copenhagen has sorted out Global Warming. ( Although Brown says we are well placed to weather the storm and will be the first country out of the cold spell)

        What is the next disaster alert going to be – something to keep the research grants flowing.

    • 216
      rightwingatheistc*nt (prev cp) says:

      Through gritted teeth.

      Or un-gritted if you’re in Berks,

      c*nts

  56. 97
    Agent 99 says:

    Funny Pravda not reporting this.

    Must still be in little huddles trying to work out how to spin this enormous gigantic car crash.

    zippy do dah
    zippedy day
    My my my what a wonderful day ………

  57. 99
    jbou says:

    All traces of the story have just been removed from the BBC News site…anyone any ideas why!?

    • 112
      McMong says "pass the Vaseline Mandy" says:

      Because the BBC are up Mong’s arse

    • 114
      HF says:

      It’s the only story on Radio 5 though they’re struggling to get moe than 2 MPs on to support Brown.

      It also seems that Mandelson is behind Hoon and Hewitt and that this is a putsch that is likely to succeeed.

    • 129
      resurgemus says:

      Nick Robinson – the Michael Fish of political reporting

      • 167
        Rick Nobinson says:

        Eh ? Speak up, it’s hard to hear when yer right up Gordon’s Hershey Highway.

  58. 100
    Gordon Brown says:

    Back me or sack me.

  59. 109
    McMong says "pass the Vaseline Mandy" says:

    Hey Toilets on on sky News now!!!

  60. 115
    Not long until Labour gone says:

    There will be fireworks and dancing in the streets they day Brown is outed.

  61. 115
    Headsonpoles says:

    Aljabeeba has breaking news that UDA have dismantled their weapons – they first reported this at 06:30 this morning!
    They’re scared, really scared.

    • 123
      McMong says "pass the Vaseline Mandy" says:

      The BBC will do what the BBC always does, find an anti Tory story to run.

      • 146
        rocknrolla says:

        They’re back talking about the snow.

        Anyone else notice that the BBC refuse to use inches giving everything in “centimetres” – they really need abolishing.

        • 194
          jibba says:

          All part of the brave new world that we never voted for, never wanted, but we’re going to get. Using inches to measure snow is officially racist at the BBC.

          • ian dales says:

            Bad luck, I was taught in cms, so have no concept if what an inch means. I guess we have previous Tory administrations to thank for that educational decision. Also you are a complete nutter

        • 269
          EN/BS says:

          Did they not get a copy of the memo which made clear that the ‘centi-’ prefix does not conform to the SI measurements system?

          The SI unit of length is the ‘millimetre’ and the SI unit of temperature is the ‘degree Celsius’ – ‘centimetre’ and ‘centigrade’ were terms used during an interim period during which Imperial units were definitively phased out.

          • bbc editor says:

            To be honest we don’t really care about that sort of thing – just so long as we’re not using the English measurements that’s fine. If we wanted people to actually understand the story we would have to give it in inches and that is now a sexist and imperialist term.

            Now everyone watch some more videos of 32.495 centimetres of snow, whatever that means, and don’t look at the PM whose authority is imploding.

          • Dynes says:

            I seem to remember in the late 60s that it went Imperial – CGS – MKS – SI for measurements with Imperial still holding some sway today

  62. 119
    Rip Van Winkle says:

    Mandelson is the key. No one else matters.

    • 130
      YL says:

      TalkSport just reported that Mandelson is behind this plot to sack Brown.

      Hoon making a live statement now.

      • 181
        rocknrolla says:

        If Mandy is really involved then Brown is gone within weeks.

      • 284
        Australian says:

        YL – when you say “Hoon” do you mean “Hoon the Hoon” or “Mandelson the Hoon”?

        There are far too many Hoons in the Governemnt to be able to keep track!

  63. 122
    Andy JS says:

    Guess what? The BBC News website STILL hasn’t got ANYTHING on this story more than 30 minutes after it was first reported. Why???

  64. 125
    genghiz the kahn says:

    TCH is now on live BBC.

    A nation listens. Get the knief out you Hunt, stick it in Brown’s back.

    Any Cabinet ministers with guts to stand down.

  65. 127
    Headsonpoles says:

    GH live on Aljabeeba 24

  66. 134
    Headsonpoles says:

    Ha ha ha, Lloyd you midget

  67. 137
    South of the M4 says:

    Its a devious plan formulated by Broon himself. He is a dictator and they are whimps. The ‘secret’ ballot will show over-whelming support for Broon. Job done.

  68. 140
    Headsonpoles says:

    News 24 goes back to the weather…..
    Nothing to see, move along

  69. 145
    genghiz the kahn says:

    keeping Brown is not what the British Public want..

    Tony Lloyd forgot the word not.

    Nice to see that some of the female Labour plants at PMQs were banging on about climate change, just as the North, South and West grinds to a halt because of snow.

    • 439
      Dave M says:

      By plants – I assume you mean vegetables !
      – like the ones CMD wants to foist onto the witless populace and continuing the marxist social engineering plans of NuLab !

  70. 149
    Billericay Dave says:

    Frank Field backs secret ballot ! this is great afternoon watching. The liebour tossers are coming out licking browns arse saying what a great job hes done in destroying ooops saving the country

    • 440
      Dave M says:

      Moron Browns next words will be….

      “I’m just getting on with doing the job
      - bringing the country out of recession
      - and speding more money than our country will have for the next Zillion years to make people love me !”

      - I say – Fat Chance – Only loonatic Marxist sycophants will love you ! And you’d have to cut of their heads with a rusty staple to get anything through to those idiots !

      Sadly – when we need a REAL Tory leader – we’ve got Ca-Moron

  71. 151

    Of course I was not alone in wondering, Andrew, whether the rumours that were circulating around Westminster last night weren’t in fact something altogether less sinister than people were making out at the time. And I think that it is fair to say that MPs are not yet viewing this as the killer blow that will finish Brown, but – and this is a big but, Andrew – it is undoubtedly the case that if there were a sizeable contingent, shall we say, in favour of taking this to the……
    (continues like this for the rest of the Daily Politics and every other news bulletin today and tomorrow and forever….)

  72. 156
    Headsonpoles says:

    Toilets now denigrating Hoon and Hewitt.
    Spin machine now running at maximum.

  73. 158
    Gordon Brown says: says:

    That man Hoon is a cnut.

  74. 159
    Andy JS says:

    They have the story on BBC News 24 but they STILL don’t have it on their website!?!?

  75. 160
    TheCourtOfPublicOpinion says:

    Hoon and Hewitt – liebours alternative dream ticket saving the world from Bruin.

  76. 163
    Liam says:

    Geraldine Smith has just said that Hewitt and Hoon were never politically astute.

    Then she said: the British electorate should choose the PM not a small group of MPs : THAT”S HOW HE WAS PICKED IN THE FIRST PLACE YOU THICK FAT BINT

  77. 164
    Ad Hoc Brown out committe says:

    Brown will not survive this challenge and many backbenchers have signed up to
    http://www.labourfuture.net

  78. 165
    Anonymous says:

    ok comrades I’ll go for that :-)))))))

  79. 166
    next slide please, d-day says:

    Just had a quick look at the Pravda website. Nothing on the news front page regarding this. Haven’t their masters in the Labour Party given them permission to show it yet?

  80. 168
    Headsonpoles says:

    I imagine that the BBC are awaiting a call back from the bunker as to how to play this, unfortunately, somebody in the bunker broke the phone…….

    • 176
      DF says:

      The rebels are in the bunker. Ed Balls is preparing his election campaign for Brown’s job right now.

    • 219
      jibba says:

      STILL the BBC site gives a “404 – page not found” – unbelievable – had this been a Tory PM they would have had the pages made up in advance.

      They must be waiting for the call from screaming lord mandy to tell them what to say. My guess is that mandy is waiting to see how this pans out, he clearly hates brown, maybe dreams this is his moment to be PM and then cancel the general election?!

  81. 170
    C says:

    David Miliband has refused to condemn the Labour rebels.

    Fiona McTaggart claims they also have the support of several other Cabinet ministers.

  82. 172
    Johnny says says:

    The letter was sent to every Labour MP. I wonder if it was paid for by Hoon and Hewitt’s communications budgets…

    If Brown has confidence in his leadership he has nothing to fear from this.

    He’ll be shitting himself.

  83. 177
    Dame Celia Molestrangler says:

    Thank you Santa – all my Christmases have come at once! (Better late than never….eh)

    P.S. Did you leave enough Nokia’s in Gordo’s stocking this year?

    • 304
      Australian says:

      Not late Dame Celia – perfect timing actually. Today is Epiphany, when the presence of God (made man) was revealed to the world (through the arrival of the Magi).

      Seems like perfect timing to me – if today’s news isn’t a revelation that there is a kindly God after all, I don’t know what is!

  84. 178
    Animal says:

    Hewitt just walked into the R5 Live studio

    • 198
      Anonymous says:

      That’ll teach Gordon to refuse her a peerage in the resignation honours !!

    • 203
      Animal says:

      “Geoff and I thought very carefully about doing this.”

      I fekkin bet you did.

      • 317
        Australian says:

        “Geoff and I thought very carefully about doing this.”

        Then again, “thinking” isn’t really your strong point is it Patsy?!

  85. 180
    Headsonpoles says:

    Brown is probably biting his shoulder and should be very worried indeed.
    This is hilarious.

  86. 183
    Sunonmars says:

    Twitter tweets

    NadineDorriesMP You could have cut the atmosphere in The
    House with a knife. This isn’t just Hoon and Hewitt, the huddled groups tell another story.

    NadineDorriesMP My money is on Clarke and Jowell, Blears and
    Flint all being members of the support network furiously working the phones.

    • 223
      The Unknown Streetcleaner says:

      Anybody who has ever looked like a serious contender will be hauled in and given the rubber hose treatment from Nick Brown.
      Good stuff.
      Great for party harmony.

    • 321
      Australian says:

      “members of the support network furiously working the phones.”

      Desperately ducking the phones, surely?

  87. 184
    A Party Dis-united is in big big trouble electorally says:

    Whether or not as Tony Lloyd has just told James Langdale there is little support for Hoon and Hewitt’s proposal within the Parliamentary Labour Party this is immensely damaging for both Brown and the Labour Party.

    It is extra-ordinary that within 5 months of a General Election ex-Ministers(however disgruntled) would actually push the self-destruct button.It’s unprecedented in UK politics that this would happen so ner to an election

    The plot will probably fizzle out unless a Cabinet Minister resigns(unlikely)but the “bad blood” will be extremely damaging for Labour as they go into an election campaign

  88. 186
    Headsonpoles says:

    Animal – listening to R5 now – great stuff!

    • 226
      Animal says:

      Superb performance by Hewitt, calm soothing voice that wasn’t in the slightest bit reassuring for Brown.

      To say the letter was prompted following yesterday’s whirlwind rumours of Cabinet resignations, and then say she and Geoff spent a lot of time agonising over the letter is crap. This has been planned over the break, they have support and the Brown nosers are furious at being so visibly caught out.

      Who’s got the popcorn franchise?

  89. 189

    [...] on Brown. Breaking news in the last half hour that Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt have sent a letter round to all Labour MPs, calling for a secret ballot on Brown’s leadership. They say it would [...]

  90. 191
    The Dirty Rat says:

    Its Rainin’ Nokias, Hallelujah, Its Rainin’ Nokias, Ame-en ……

  91. 192
    Brown says goodbye says:

    There’s a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall
    And the bells in the steeple too
    And up in the nursery an absurd little bird
    Is popping out to say “cuckoo”
    Cuckoo, cuckoo

    Regretfully they tell us Cuckoo, cuckoo
    But firmly they compel us Cuckoo, cuckoo
    To say goodbye . . .

    Cuckoo!

    . . . to you

    So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night
    I hate to go and leave this pretty sight

    So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu
    Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu

    So long, farewell, au revoir, auf wiedersehen
    I’d like to stay and taste my first champagne

    So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye

    I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye — Goodbye!
    I’m glad to go, I cannot tell a lie

    I flit, I float, I fleetly flee, I fly

    The sun has gone to bed and so must I

    So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye
    Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

    Goodbye!

  92. 195
    Read and weep nulabor hoons says:

    From Toenails Blog 10:39 today referring to Manglebum

    “Reviewing the growth policies of recent decades the business secretary describes the privatizations of the 1980′s made by the Margaret Thatcher government as “timely”.

    What’s more he concedes that industrial relations underwent a valuable sea change.

    Perhaps most importantly though, Mandelson does not use the word “cuts” which he dearly would like the prime minister to use. Instead in his speech he talks about “real reductions” and impacts on other services which “cannot be painless”.

  93. 196
    gov stats says:

    I really, really hope brown survives this coup – but only just and then gets absolutely slaughtered in the real election.

  94. 200
    Civil Servant says:

    No, I didn’t. I read it where the scoop was first published – the Standard! Two in one day? Have you given up all pretence of integrity?

  95. 201
    GJ says:

    Radio 5′s Pienaar keeps repeating the lie that the “polls are moving towards Labour”.

    Most polls are still showing between 10 and 17% leads for the Tories.

    • 230
      next slide please, d-day says:

      BBC/Pravda = Labour. Do not be surprised that Labours unoffical news agency spout support for their masters. Never forget that the ‘corridors of Broadcasting House were littered with champagne bottles’ following the 1997 GE.

  96. 208
    The Rt Hon Geoff Hoon says:

    I would just like to remind people that I am and will remian a total utter Hoon

    • 399
      The Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt says:

      and I would lie to remind people that my surname is not spelt Hoonwit

  97. 210
    Dack Blog says:

    Hoon on Sky…

  98. 214
    Headsonpoles says:

    BBC reporting that today is Wednesday.

  99. 217
    The Rt Hon Geoff Hoon Esq says:

    I would just like to remind people that I am and will remain a total utter Hoon and so’s that Hewitt woman.

    Ere love sign this document for little old Geoff would you …Nah no need to worry your pretty litle ead as to wot is is just so long as you don’t pretend to leave me after you signed it no what I mean *touches side of nose*

  100. 222
    reaking News says:

    Breaking News: Frank Field claims a clear majority of Labour backbenchers support the calls for a secret ballot on Brown’s leadership. More to follow

    • 237
      Dry Martini says:

      There’s no point in the ballot being secret if the act of calling for one is a vote against Brown.

  101. 224
    Bert the Cert says:

    such a shame Stalin can’t be resurrected from the grave, Hoon and co would have had a bullet in the head by now.

  102. 227
    Steve Expat says:

    I see pb.com has crashed.

    Guido’s blog, the one that keeps going when the going gets tough!

    • 240
      Dack Blog says:

      So it’s not just me then. How frustrating for them at a time like this! They’ll be gutted!

      • 254
        Anonymous says:

        All those anoraks with nowhere to go. How very sad.

        Hahahahahahaha…

        • 273
          Dack Blog says:

          It can be very illuminating when they’re not discussing cats/wine/music of their youth etc and the older blokes aren’t trying to prove they’ve still got some lead in their pencils.

      • 297
        Steve Expat says:

        They will have to get a new server before election night!

        • 313
          Dack Blog says:

          And Labour a new leader if they have any sense. (Reckon Dave will be hoping not – Gordon’s his best asset so far, unless he’s replaced by someone worse).

    • 246
      Dry Martini says:

      It has collapsed under the weight of informed opinion.

  103. 229
    MN says:

    Frank Field says a big majority of backbenchers want a ballot.

  104. 231
    Headsonpoles says:

    Mandy will only put his name to this if the soundings against Broon were massive.
    If not, he’ll stay in the shadows.

  105. 232
    oldfella says:

    kerry mccarthy now on radio5 …. can’t wait

  106. 233
    Animal says:

    Kerry McCarthy on R5 now!

    • 258
      Animal says:

      McCarthy reckons Twitter is all behind Brown. WTF?
      dig at Hoon at sending a blank text message
      Thinks this is all unhelpful
      Disagrees with John Pienaar that gets his opinion wrong
      Now says he has fallen into the typical journo trap
      She’s getting gang-banged now and not enjoying it
      Describes the news as being just a load of ex-Blairites stiring it up
      brown-nosing now starting….
      Gets stopped in her tracks before she can get motoring
      Admits voters don’t like divided parties

  107. 236
    Cream Puff says:

    So taking the theme of the last days in the Hitler bunker, who will be Admiral Dönitz, who was named Hitlers successor and surrendered to the allies

  108. 239
    Headsonpoles says:

    Rats in a sack, unfortunately, the Country is the real victim.

  109. 241
    Manc says:

    Graham Stringer MP reckons Brown will be gone before February and a new leader in place before March ready for the GE.

  110. 242
    David Cameron says:

    Stand your ground Gordon. Wishing you all the best.

  111. 243
    Billericay Dave says:

    Sky having a labour love in still claiming brown won PMQ’s and Polls are going thier way

  112. 245
    ian dales says:

    So Hoon sent out a blank email first and blew his cover, that’s hilarious

  113. 247
    McMong says "pass the Vaseline Mandy" says:

    3.5 billion a year and the BBC can’t get their website to work. What do they spend all our money on, drugs and rent boys or something?

  114. 249
    streamfisher says:

  115. 250
    Headsonpoles says:

    The BBC are reporting technical problems with their website – it’s really funny!

    Yes, your Lords and Masters at Zanulabour HQ haven’t told you what to say.

  116. 251
    Sally's Tits says:

    Daily Politics 11.45am

    Andrew Neil: Nick Robinson, I keep hearing rumours of a leadership challenge. I know nothing about all this stuff. Should I believe any of it?

    Nick Robinson: No you shouldn’t. It’s rubbish and isn’t going to happen.

  117. 253

    Badly timed. No alternative candidate. On the day of a PMQs triumph. Both frontpersons retiring, anyway. Tell them to put up or shut up, Gordon. Or, better still, just ignore them.

    • 260
      next slide please, d-day says:

      What triumph?

      • 271
        Sally's Tits says:

        I have an alternative candidate – my German Shepherd just took a shit on the snow in the park and I had to pick it up on the end of a stick. Stick a red rosette on it, job done.

    • 266
      North West Labour says:

      There are at least three alternative candidates all ready and willing to fight for the leadership: David Miliband, Ed Balls, and Harriet Harman.

    • 279
      CBN says:

      Brown was awful at PMQs. He came across as competely barking and out of touch with reality.

      • 320
        Gordon Brown's Rebuttal Plug says:

        Martha & Toenails said I did OK, mind you they are paid for members of the Brown Broadcraping Corp!

    • 398
      V for Vendetta says:

      If blundering through PMQs is regarded as a triumph,desperation is in the air.

  118. 257
    Masters of the Hooniverse says:

    Ha Ha. Delicious. Labour democracy in action. It’s only taken the hoons 3 years to even consider electing their leader! Bit late now, folks.

    The original Hoon is living up to his name.

  119. 261
    J Major says:

    Is it true that Gordon Brown has just described the plotters as “bastards”?

  120. 262
    Rome Is Burning says:

    Forget the immediate ballot for the PLP. Anything less than an immediate ballot for the nation would be a crime against democracy.

  121. 263
    REEVO says:

    The Letter…the outcome

    A point blank shot in the foot, its over bar the shouting and a few scuffles in the car park.

    Impossible to recover they will not return to power.

  122. 266
    Clarence says:

    6 January 2010:

    Tamsin Whipped-Sheep MP (backbench NuLab): Gordon is the best man to lead us into the general election.

    6 February 2010:

    Tamsin Whipped-Sheep MP (backbench NuLab): Alan/Ed/Harriet/Jack/Mr Blobby is the best person to lead us into a general election.

    • 382
      Foxy Fuchsochs says:

      Creepy -Margaret Becket has used those exact words on R5 just one minute ago.

  123. 268

    [...] theorist I might be wondering what’s happened at the BBC just as the news about the Hoon and Hewitt letter is breaking. Convenient timing? [...]

  124. 272
    DS says:

    This probably explains why Brown was florid and mad as a box of frogs at PMQs. He really was totally barmy and over the top today.

  125. 277
    Dr Bombastic says:

    Freedland looking a bit of a twit tyhis afternoon after writing this

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jan/05/cowardice-labour-regicide-brown-coup#start-of-comments

  126. 283
    Tel says:

    politicalbetting.com is down again. whenever there’s a big event that site crashes. how are they going to cope on election night or when Brown gets his marching orders from the PLP next week?

  127. 285
    Steve Expat says:

    Eric Pickles on Sky now – rubbing his hands together, thinks there should be an election called now

    • 302
      McMong says "pass the Vaseline Mandy" says:

      Was he eating a pie by chance?

    • 324
      fat bastard says:

      nah, he’s just copped sight of a pork pie.

      • 424
        The Ape Man Commeth says:

        Pressgoat has just been asked his opinion on the plot and believes that the plotters are hiding in meat pies, and he will be looking into the matter by collecting as many pies as he can find and storing them in a large gapping cave he has found near to his chins where they can be examined latter.

      • 438
        ian dales says:

        Haha he’s fat and he likes a pie oh wait some other moron made that joke damn

  128. 287

    [...] ++ Hoon and Hewitt call for secret ballot on Brown’s leadership ++ 6 January, 2010 at 1:34 pm | In politics | Leave a Comment Tags: Brown, Hewitt, Hoon, Labour, leadership Guido has the letter here. [...]

    • 337
      Private Sponge says:

      This will be a secret postal ballot, very similar to a postal vote I had in last years European elections, i.e. the ballot paper comes with a unique serial number on it, which can onviously be traced back to the elector.

      In true Labour postal ballot fashion, Gorgon will win with 98.7% of the votes.

  129. 289
    I'm Gordon, Fly me says:

    Fuck it! Im off to Provincetown!

  130. 290
    final salary civil servant pensioner says:

    The best thing that has come out of the PLP in recent times was Tony Blair – he gave Gordon the freedom to cockup the economy and then completely finessed the lot of them by leaving Gordon to clean up the mess.

    As politicians go he would be hard to replace………isn’t that right Mandy

  131. 293
    HK says:

    The Guardian has come out in support of Hoon and Hewitt. Brown looks kaput this time.

  132. 296
    Purpleline says:

    Labour Suffers strategic ‘H’ bombing.

    Brown’s only escape is to call a General Election in March.
    But he has no Balls besides Ed.

    The only man who can save this country today is Darling, if he resigns today, and he should, he will write his own history, save the country and more importantly bring politics back from the brink.

    It will not save Labour, but it may see them live to fight another day.

    • 299
      McMong says "pass the Vaseline Mandy" says:

      Darling is an odd one, McMong was happy to shaft him not so long ago.

      • 353
        Purpleline says:

        this is his chance to show he is a decent man, which I suspect he is. He was given a terrible pack of cards and was probably too honest for our Gordon

    • 309
      Steve Expat says:

      For the last couple of weeks it’s been obvious that it’s Broon ‘n’ Balls against Mandy ‘n’ Darling.

      Darling put his foot in it quite deliberately the other day when he said that he couldn’t rule out a VAT rise – I wouldn’t be surprised if he resigns with Mandy’s backing, saying that Broon has lost it.

      If that happens the election will have to be called immediately and Liebour can look forward to implosion – or is that my wishful thinking brain working overtime?

      • 332
        Purpleline says:

        I’m putting my money on for March Election. Brown is boxed in, This can’t go on is the perfect delivery line. Darling could be the Man if he wants it?

        • 348
          Purpleline says:

          off topic, but just tweeted this one.

          Gloucestershire council ask for help from 4×4 drivers. Islington climate change Nazi’s and Labour Tax policy show mistake of their hatred.

          Tax 4×4 out of existence oh but they can be useful. This sums up Labour stupidity and the left for the syphletic deseased brains they have.

  133. 298
    McMong says "pass the Vaseline Mandy" says:

    John Pinhead on Radio 5 “If Gordon Brown is getting on with the job, I wouldn’t want to be the office equipment in Downing Street!”

    • 312
      mondeoman says:

      This phrase is now becoming boring because he is not very good at it! JUST GO!!!!

    • 358
      Pass the prozac says:

      nokia delivery for number 10!
      GB – the only person who wants you in that job is you .

  134. 300
    next slide please, d-day says:

    Pravda news website now leading with the coup attempt.

  135. 305
    Julian the Wonderhorse says:

    This will be the ultimate joke – the clunking big fist brought down by Patricia Hewitt!

    Poor Chris Bryant looked like he was about to be sick on the telly, I almost felt sorry for him.
    Where is young James Purnell? Surely not jogging along the South Bank in his little short shorts on a day like this.

  136. 308
    McMong says "pass the Vaseline Mandy" says:

    I have this as a going away present for McMong

    http://men2mensextoys.com/images/Anal_Lube.jpg

  137. 313
    the shade of dr kelly says:

    kevin mcpropaganda is already peddling the line that this is all because hoon got overlooked for the euro job.

    i don’t know whether this is more tragic then sky trumpeting that brown did really well against cameron at pmqs.

    cameron really just needs to turn to the speaker and say that he will not be asking any more questions as brown refuses to answer and instead goes off with questions of his own. at which point all tory mps should get up and walk out.

    • 357
      Sally's Tits says:

      He should just ask ‘When will the Prime Minister be calling a general election?’ and repeat it over and over every week.

    • 409
      Mirror Mirror on the wall,McGuire is a wife beater after all. says:

      I went up the (snowbound ) road this morning in the hope of a haircut – none of the owners girls had managed to get through the snowdrifts and so I had to wait until the only hairdresser had arrived.

      The owner gave me the Daily Mirror to “read” while I waited – no wonder Brown and Ball’s don’t want any kid to be educated,because if they were able to read and write,they would never ‘read” that pile of dogshit called the “Daily Mirror”.

      Total pile of crap with that wife beater McGuire peddling his bizarre theories.

  138. 315

    [...] are revolting Gosh, I’ve always wanted to write that, and now it’s true. HERE, HERE, and [...]

  139. 316
    Anonymous says:

    bbc nothing to see here.. PM getting on with job..

  140. 318
    Pass the prozac says:

    twitter is very quiet with tem all -come on Labour MP’s you are used to telling us about paint drying – Ed Balls has nothing to say today.

  141. 319
    GordonMcBoingBoing says:

    I don’t know what all the fuss is about

    I’m just getting on with the job

    British problems for British people

    Boing Boing

  142. 322
    The Brown One says:

    It’s like being savaged by two dead sheep.

  143. 325
    Steve Expat says:

    How funny would it be if the election gets called when there’s 1000 pictures of the leader of the Oposition up on billboards in every marginal seat in the country!!!

  144. 335
    BRMB says:

    Radio news just reported that Brown has threatened to call an immediate general election unless the rebels back down in their calls for a ballot on his leadership.

  145. 336
    gov stats says:

    Anchor the printers in the bunker – eagerly awaiting the next downfall video..

  146. 342
    Toenails Robinson says:

    The rebellion in the Labour Party is terrible news for David Cameron and the Tories.

    • 351
      Sally's Tits says:

      ‘It will be interesting to see just what Mr.Cameron and his front bench team can come up with to counter this news, at the moment all bets are off’

    • 385
      Sunonmars says:

      No its not, the fact Labour is tearing itself apart just shows they need to go, the public can see this and no matter who they replace him with, they are out.

  147. 352
    GH says:

    All the BBC presenters and newsreaders from BBC1 to Radio 5 are in a terrible state and keep alternating between fury and despair. They can’t stand the thought that their hero Brown is on the way out.

    • 361
      Billericay Dave says:

      IS the truth about the BBC labour support going to be seen by all, this could really be a great day

    • 365
      JK says:

      Pienaar and the rest of them on radio 5 are furious and have just attempted to savage Eric Pickles. Any pretence at impartiality have gone out of the window.

    • 388
      Sunonmars says:

      yup BBC presenter is in a flurry of desperation trying to nail Sheerman.

    • 426
      Agent 99 says:

      In all fairness when he and Labour are gone there has to be a serious look at the BBC. Not so much Sky as you are not foreced to pay for it but the BBC yes they must be completly overhauled mfrom top to bottom. If they refuse to be overhauled then the licence fee must be abloished and then they go ‘pay per view’

      • 428
        the shade of dr kelly says:

        ban them from making news programmes and political documentaries etc. then they will be undeniably impartial!

        will also save a huge amount of money on the website, news reporters, camera teams all round the world etc.

        make them stick to educational programmes and entertainment

  148. 355

    Roll up, roll up!

    Buy your official Labour Party knife sharpeners here

    They need the money, I understand.

  149. 359
    Not_Stanley says:

    “Decline and Fall of the Leibor Empire”

    ………available at all good bookstores (…and quite a few bad ones too!)

    These are the voyages of the Skill-Shortaged Enterprise…

    Its 12-Year mission to explore new depths of depravity….

    To seek out new life-backers and world civilisations….

    To boldly Windig where no Hoon has Windigged before……..

    (No gibbons were harmed in the writing of this epitome!)

  150. 360
    Michael says:

    Bit unfair on Cameron isn’t it ? – If they ditch Brown he might have to do a bit of work.

  151. 367
    gov stats says:

    ironic that Brown ghost authored a book on courage – given he is one of the biggest bullies in politics. This coward has not faced an election and has bullied his way to the top – the worst PM the country has ever had.
    Most likely ruined the country beyond repair.

  152. 371
    Andy JS says:

    Can’t log on to PoliticalBetting!

    BBC claims they’re having technical problems.

  153. 372
    easyleys says:

    Step forward Harriet

    we know who you are and where to find you

  154. 380
    gov stats says:

    polly and fraser on R5..

  155. 400
    Bullingdon Davy says:

    Just watched Crazy Horse Beckett supporting Brown. Reminds me of the feeling I had when Osborne announced his support for me.

  156. 408
    Anonymous says:

    Just looked up ‘hoon’ on wikipedia. There is only one reference to it being used as a derogatory term. A boy racer in Aus. Would be good if someone clued up on wiki could add a page on it’s UK usage as a derogatory term for an incompetent lab politician, referencing both the origina; hoon and the site where it came into common usage :-)

    • 427
      They are Doomed DOOMED I tel Ye' says:

      The other uses have been put on there many times but removed pretty quickly. They even put it on Geoff C*unts wiki site but sadly also removed. No sense of fucking humour some people

  157. 422
    Fabian Schwabian says:

    Due to unforeseen consequences of Middle-class Global Warming we regret to inform you that the urgent delivery of your package containing loaded Luger and one small glass of Scotch…

  158. 425
    Gordon Out says:

    Hoon & Hewitt are STAGE 1

    Enter Alan Johnson………………..

  159. 429
    the shade of dr kelly says:

    it is thoroughly depressing watching cabinet ministers trooping onto sky news repeating exactly the same thing

    brown beat cameron at pmqs…… showed up hollow tory policies… getting on with the job of running the country…. unfunny joke… bla blah blah

    bearing in mind hoon’s brave stand i think it would be an injustice to call them hoons – they are C LI N T S

  160. 433
    Marlborough says:

    Looks like it’s turning into a damp squib.

    Labour can’t even pull off a coup properly.

  161. 436
    Paul Stott says:

    It will be interesting to see if sympathetic BBC journalists such as Andrew Marr return to their habit of calling Ms Hewitt ‘Pat’ rather than the usual Patricia, which they did several times when she was in trouble as Health Secretary.

    Mind you, I should imagine Gordon Brown is calling her worse things…..

  162. 442

    Hey, are they allowed to send party-political letters on Commons stationery?

  163. 443

    [...] otherwise empty heads of Geoff Hoon (a former Chief Whip) and Patricia Hewitt when they drafted the email to backbenchers which has caused all the fuss. Labour has had a (relatively) good start to the [...]

  164. 444
    Damon says:

    I saw Hoon at about 4.50pm at the front of Portcullis House. He was standing on his own, all Billy No-Mates playing with his Blackberry until after a little while Richard Spring went up to him.

  165. 446

    [...] Harriet Harman?? Given that those who wield the knife never get the top job it’s unlikely to be Hoon or Hewitt. Again, thank any deities you care to mention because, given the mess they made of Defence and [...]


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