June 18th, 2012

Blair: Brown is Bonkers

According to Alastair Campbell’s diary entry for Thursday, 26 September 2002, after being told of the latest act of  sabotage by Gordon Brown, Tony Blair told him “He’s brilliant and ambitious but he’s also bonkers and I just can’t be bothered with it.” After another row on Friday 4 April 2003 Blair tells Campbell “One thing is for sure. At the moment he is crackerjack. My big worry is that he will bring the whole show down.” Guido disputes the “brilliant”.


  1. 1
    jgm2 says:

    Brown is quite simply insane.

  2. 2
    Steve Miliband says:

    Not even one term and he is wanting to replace Blair

  3. 3
    Raving Loon says:

    You’d have to be mad to think otherwise.

  4. 4
    Tuscan Tony says:

    Brown must go immediately to Greece to help them resolve their boom and bust problems.

    “Morning gentlemen, first things first, do you have any gold lying about the place?”

  5. 5
    Andrew Williams says:

    Actually the new entries in Campbell’s dairy remind us how important Brown was in keeping us out of the Euro. He doesn’t seem so bonkers now and Blair’s enthuisasm for the Euro seems a little less than sane.

  6. 6
    jgm2 says:

    Boris’ piece on ‘seen elsewhere’ is brilliant.

  7. 7
    tottenham chutzpah says:

    we believe campbells’s claims?

    WMD? QED!

  8. 8
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    Brown of course was as mad as drunk badger but this story comes from campbell, does anybody in thier right mind believe anything campbell says.

  9. 9
    Steve Miliband says:

    Gordon only wanted to stay out of the Euro because Blair wanted in. Don’t believe any of his 10 point plans nonsense

    A decision made on the basis of the politics of envy, spite and ego.

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Says more about Blair that he allowed Brown so much influence whilst doubting his sanity.

  11. 11
    Armando Iannucci says:


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    jgm2 says:

    Brown only kept us out of the Euro because even a lunatic like him (or, more accurately – particularly a lunatic like him) realised that without the power to set his own budgets and borrow and print his own currency then his position became severely weakened.

    He kept us out for his own personal reasons. Certainly not in the national interest. Although in this particular case they happened to coincide. Mind you, Blair wasn’t thinking of the national interest either. Between giving away our rebate and joining the Euro he obviously hoped he would be rewarded with Von Rumpey’s job.

  13. 13
    NotaSheep says:

    If Blair knew this but still let Brown become PM, isn’t he culpable?

  14. 14
    Blair Rich Project says:

    Well, yeah you know he might have got you know Cross with me.

  15. 15
    jgm2 says:

    Campbell is merely confirming common knowledge. It’s not a revelation as such.

  16. 16
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Klondyke Brown’s gold rush. Oh the voices in his head say, I saved the world, and no more boom and bust, and I never called Murdoch, and I didn’t know about briefings against Blair.
    And the voices in his head tell lies.

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    genghiz the kahn says:

    Monday, 4 November 2002

    TB said the worst thing about all this is that “I still try to help him and he basically treats me like shit.”

  18. 18
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Balls and McBride should be called before Leveson.

  19. 19
    Sir Barrington Minge says:

    Socialism is a mental disorder: The Labour party is the asylum.

    Says it all. Bliar, Brown, Campbell, Mandelslime, Balls, Milibland and so on

  20. 20
    The General Public says:

    Even a broken clock is right twice a day – Withnail & I

  21. 21
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Campbell is a hypocrite scumbag liar.

  22. 22
    Johnny says says:

    As easy as it would be to believe this because it fits the bonkers Brown story I don’t view it as credible proof of anything due to it coming from Campbell.

  23. 23
    genghiz the kahn says:

    The Media Standards Trust does seem to have rather large number of Guardian and BBC journalists, the CEO of Common Purpose and Sir David Bell who resigned his Chairmanship of the Media Standards Trust when he was appointed to the Leveson Inquiry.


    But are any of its board members employed by other newspapers?

  24. 24
    NHS trickcyclist says:

    Brown seems fine to me.

  25. 25

    He’s more tonto than the Lone Ranger’s sidekick – and he IS Tonto!

  26. 26
    Major Eyeswater says:

    Did we ever find out exactly what meds he was on? Recall Marr asking if he was on uppers…

  27. 27
    jgm2 says:

    Arguably Blair was trying to save us from Brown by taking the UK economy out of his (Brown’s) hands.

    Since the Europe*an economy has managed to stagger along a full four years longer than the UK economy without falling flat on its arse then Blair wasn’t completely wrong. Brown destroyed the UK economy long before the Europ*eans destroyed theirs.

    On balance we’re better off out but you can see that, with better leadership, the Eu*ro might have worked whereas, under the Maximum Imbecile, the UK economy was always doomed.

  28. 28
    Tony Bliar didnt fool me says:

    He should be fuckin certified for his own safety…..

  29. 29
    The penny finally drops. says:

    Fooks me the BBC are now waking up to the fact that it’s better all round that Greece left the Euro.

  30. 30
    jgm2 says:

    Too late. The damage is done.

    Blair should have got rid of him in 2001/2. As soon as he hired the entire graduate class of 2001/2 as public sector workers using borrowed money.

  31. 31
    Tony Bliar didnt fool me says:

    And more about the current bunch of loons labour have letting him be PM, you just couldn’t make this shit up……….

  32. 32
    Anonymous says:

    watching Tim Loughton MP, Minister for Children on skytv is like watching Hitler talking about the problem of too few trains taking people to their deaths

    just how much more of this shit do we have to listen to????

  33. 33

    I notice that Mandelson has rubbish-ed McTwats claims that the “I will destroy you” phone call to Murdoch didn’t happen – Mandy says he recalls Broon making such a call.

    Will McTwat now give permission to access the records of his “government” to prove either way? Nah, thought not…. Lying, mad, deranged, psychotic and totally unfit to hold my pint, let alone public office.

  34. 34
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Remember the stories Brown used to put about that every summer he went on holiday in Cape Cod with a suitcase full of economics textbooks and spent hours talking to America’s greatest economics brains? Gordon, you would have done better to have a dirty weekend in Brighton for all the good it did you. You are a twerp of the first order.

  35. 35
    Sue Doughty says:

    Blair stayed in Downing St just long enough to qualify for a bigger pension payments. Hew as motivated by money not pressure from his neighbour or any sense of duty to te nation tat pays him still.

  36. 36
    Where are Tony Blair's expenses says:

    + 100

  37. 37
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    … who on this occasion has accidentally stumbled into the truth.

  38. 38

    Thank supernatural myths for the law of unintended consequences, is all I can say!

  39. 39
    jgm2 says:

    Yes. It’s just like it. Did he have to keep stopping to take a bite out of his baby sandwich?

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  42. 42
    Socialism Ate My Future says:

    “Shurley Shum Mistake?”

    I’ll have what your smoking please.

  43. 43
    jgm2 says:

    The Maximum Imbecile clearly got it into his head that Blair would stand aside after one term. Whether this is what was actually agreed at the so-called ‘Granita’ meeting I don’t know. It is just as likely that Blair reneged on such an agreement as Brown manufacturing it completely in his fucked-up head.

    One thing is for sure. Brown went totally mental after 2001. His decisions prior to then were mercifully constrained by following T*ry spending plans but from 2001 onwards he couldn’t burn enough money quickly enough.

  44. 44
    Baron Mandelson of Damascus says:

    Brown, Blair, Cameron, Osborne, fucking fairies, ruination of a country.

  45. 45
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Really ? Sky news are creaming their pants over the pro bailout party getting 29% of the vote Hallelujah all hail the Euro The Saviour of the European dream

    Does Murdoch own the Greek media ?
    They opened with fantastic news the European stock markets open one percent up , as a result of some stability in Greece , They like what they see
    Yarhooooo we’re all saved , well we were until 10 past 9 when all EU markets (bar Germany ) slipped back into the red and Greece Spain and Italy all saw their borrowing cost rise yet again
    How much longer can we keep throwing money at this failed German takeover of Europe ? you can rest assured , that when we have all given every last penny and Europe is bankrupt , Germany will still have all it’s money

  46. 46
    jgm2 says:

    That was one of Brown’s biggest failures. He is/was too much of a detail person. He got bogged down with minutae hence the screeds of paperwork generated by the FSA.

    He genuinely could not prioritise (beyond his own personal ambition). A real ‘can’t see the woods for the trees’ kind of micro-managing, obsessive incompetent.

    An utter fucking lunatic.

  47. 47
    Nogbad the Bad says:

    Fraser Nelsons “seen elsewhere” should be read out on every news programme, at every workplace, school, job centre, bingo hall, place of worship etc, until the people truly understand what is being done to them.

  48. 48
    50 Calibre says:

    It doesn’t say much for the good people who seem happy to keep on voting for him. Perhaps they are as bonkers as Gordon F Brown…

  49. 49
    Geoff, England (not Britain or 'United' KIngdom) says:

    Brown must have something on Blair that Blair would prefer to keep under wraps. That’s the only reason I can see why Blair didn’t banish Brown to the backbenches when Labour won in 1997. Blair must have known that such a loose cannon as Brown would cause major problems.

  50. 50
    confused says:

    Wasn’t Brown being very prudent selling all the gold because he thought that we would have to give it away anyway when we joined the Euro ?

  51. 51
    Anonymous says:

    Imagine the size of his balls…

  52. 52
    Only in the Graun says:

    You don’t serieously imagine there will be any record kept of this call do you?

  53. 53
    Fog says:

    Except that Brown being bonkers is self-evident.

  54. 54
    Nogbad the Bad says:

    Mr Field’s attack on Mr Brown echoes last year’s broadside by former Home Secretary Charles Clarke, who said the Chancellor was a ‘deluded control freak’ with ‘psychological’ problems. Mail article above. This from the Home Secretary when Brown was Chancellor, and so in a fairly good position to judge

  55. 55
    melvin says:

    Well, presumably Miranda knows the secret?

  56. 56
    Geoff, England (not Britain or 'United' KIngdom) says:

    The Euro was always doomed, because it’s a political, rather than economic, project. I’m not aware of any economist at the end of the last century saying that the Euro was a good idea. Mixing a strong economy like Germany’s with the Club Med basketcases was always bound to end in tears.

    BTW, will Frau Merkel pick the Greek team for their quarter-final with Germany? Will they skip the Greek anthem and play the German anthem twice?

  57. 57

    They can’t be erased from the providers server/ exchange, so the truth is out there….. Why do you think the tossers want sweeping new powers to access just that, on a rozzers say so and without the need of a judge’s order?

  58. 58
    Geoff, England (not Britain or 'United' KIngdom) says:

    Please learn the difference between ‘your’ and ‘you’re’. A dictionary might help.

  59. 59
    Tuscan Tony says:

    We can only surmise but I think Brown’s motivation for almost anything he did was to deny and confound Tony Blair, this of course resulted in some accidental good decisions being made, but Brown’s proximate cause was mainly spite and powergrabbing and rarely if ever the country’s good.

    In re the gold, I think he simply wanted to spend the country’s savings on his watch.

    Finally, it’s worth remembering that his psychological makeup is for me perfectly exemplified in his arrival at a party when a youth with a large bag containing a thin top scurf of beer cans sitting on several bricks. That’s not an apocryphal tale either.

  60. 60
    The Golem says:

    A lot of inexplicable and downright stupid decisions have been made in British politics since WWII. I’m quite prepared to believe that a fair number of them have directly resulted from the terror of exposure.

  61. 61
    Where are Tony Blair's expenses says:

    All these sorry episodes do is confirm what a stinking mess of self indulgence the village of Westminster is. Blair, Campell, the political commentators, TV pundits, journalists et al all new that Brown was a nutter but they all acquiesced to his appointment so they could get their cabinet posts, briefings, inside stories etc

  62. 62
    Nogbad the Bad says:

    His consituency is in Fife, formerly known as Fib (no surprise there). Fib is considered by some other Scotsmen to to be full of nutters. They said this is due to ‘reverse Darwinism’, where anyone with looks or brains moved away to seek a better life elsewhere, leaving the genepool somewhat dimished.

  63. 63
    Nogbad the Bad says:

    or diminished.

  64. 64
    Johnny says says:

    IIRC Marr asked Brown if he was on painkillers which wasn’t what the rumours were suggesting.

  65. 65
    Johnny says says:

    Perhaps he (wrongly) thought that the euro rules and recommended limits on deficits would be adhered to.

  66. 66
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    No, ‘dimished’ has a nice ring to it. ‘That Broon, I’d say he’s well dimished’.

  67. 67
    W.W. says:

    He might also have done better had he actually read any of the books he took.


  68. 68
    Any way , in other news it says:

    May be brown & balls practice alchemy together .
    Balls probably has the philosophers stone in his pocket , or he’s just pleased to see Gordon

  69. 69
    Pundit Too says:

    The main good thing Bliar did was keep Mad Gordo out of real power for so many years. Then Bliar’s thinking must have been that the UK will remember how good things were under Blair after a few years of Brown.

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    Pundit Too says:

    Possibly Murdoch will have one. In his position I would make sure a secure phone recorded such instances.

  71. 71
    Pundit tu tu. says:

    Not a 24 hour clock

  72. 72
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    I’ll be ROFL when the SHTF for AC and the former PM’s.

  73. 73
    Fish says:

    These papers from Edinburgh University show very early signs of Gordon’s megolamania, his dislike of being out of the loop, and a penchant for conflict.

    Gordon was Rector of Edinburgh University at the time, or should that be rectum? as it seems some in the University might have considered him a bit of an arse.


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    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    I stand out as a paragon of virtue and morality amongst all this stinking mess. Boaz.

  75. 75
    The Loon o' Fife. says:

    Come Manseing!

  76. 76
    Bob Diamond Belize says:

    It is simple Brown is not mad/insane/brilliant he is simply Scottish. All of the cliched Scots characteristics as played up by the actor John Laurie (see Dad’s Army and a host of other roles) Brown has in doubles. So of course he wasn’t telling the truth but in his own Scottish way he wasn’t lying. Alex Salmond is just the same -

  77. 77
    The Balloon has spoken says:

    I listened to Jacki Smith punditing on Sky News when she said the balloon brown has some interesting intellectual economic ideas – she probably meant that he thought that you could spend for ever and end boom and bust – he forecast the end of boom bit correctly!.
    Brilliant ? my a***…….on a diffferent planet definitely.

  78. 78
    Nogbad the Bad says:

    You are too kind.

  79. 79
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Someone please remind – how long has the Cullen Report been embargoed for; is it 10, 100 or a 1000 years?

  80. 80
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Isn’t that a picture of Koko the clown from the House of Circus Clown Per.. formers and hasn’t his former, former position been taken up by another COCO … (snort) the clown?

    A Crown House or A Clown’s house?

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