Thursday, January 7, 2010

“Save Our Gordon” v “Labour Unity” Campaigns

Fresh from calling for an immediate general election last night on Sky News because the “government is in disarray”, LabourList editor Alex Smith has set up an email petition calling for party unity. In just under twenty-four hours they have managed to get a devastating 129 people to take part.  Guido set up a Facebook group called “Save Our Gordon” a couple of hours ago and already it has 214 supporters.  Labour have been eclipsed in a fraction of the time span:

Guido thinks the co-conspirators can muster up a lot more support for Gordon than the Labour Party can manage nowadays, the last thing we want is for him to avoid the ballot box fate he so richly deserves.  Show your support for giving Brown the electoral humiliation he deserves here

UPDATE 16:55 : Over seven hundred members and counting, LabourList reporting a measly 152 for their campaign…

Miliband – the New Macavity

David Miliband has previous at pulling almost Gordon-esque disappearing acts when the Prime Mentalist has come under trouble. It took him a mere seven hours to give a lukewarm statement in support of Gordon last night, and he did not repeat it when he was door-stepped last night.  His SpAd was reportedly calling around cabinet ministers yesterday afternoon asking them to delay giving their support.  A feeble way to undermine the Prime Mentalist.

Only once the coup was well and truly dead, after Mandelson passed his judgement on Newsnight last night, did he come out this morning and endorse Brown’s leadership. How he thinks anyone wouldn’t notice such cowardice and dithering beggars belief.  He messed up his own coup attempt in 2007, let his old friend Purnell down badly by not following his resignation, as agreed, in June and now he is under fire from his own side about his silence yesterday. Even Darling reportedly had the balls to confront Brown face-to-face about the prospect of him standing down for the good of the party, instead Miliband just cowered in the Foreign Office, just as Brown used to in the Treasury.

Why would the Labour Party want to replace one dithering coward with another?

UPDATE : Dizzy has spotted some activity on miliband.org.

Labour Chances Improved if Gordon Goes

YouGov’s poll for the Sun found that if Mr Brown was replaced, 19% would be more likely to vote Labour, compared to 14% who said they would be more likely to back the party if he stayed on. 

That’s why CCHQ wants Gordon where he is…

YouGov polled 4,167 British adults on January 5 & 6.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

YouGov : 9% Gap, CON 40%(-), LAB 31%(+1), LD 17%(-)

YouGov’s poll for the Sun was obviously taken this was before today’s fun and games…

Guy News : Hoon, Hewitt & Hubris

Harriet Still Silent…

Ed Balls just said he was “getting on with the job”, which today was meeting with the Fonz.  The PM we are told was also “getting on with the job”. Mandelson unenthusiastically says “No-one should overreact to this. The Prime Minister continues to have the support of colleagues”.  Alan Johnson said “Gordon Brown is the best man to lead the Labour Party.” No word so far from the woman yet…

Did Dave Deliberately Pull His Punches at PMQs?

CCHQ is watching developments with a mixture of excitement and fear.  The last thing they want is to see Gordon ousted before the election…

Guido strongly believes that one of the strategic calculations made by the Tories that determined their decision to start the election campaign on Monday was to deliberately make it more difficult to dump Gordon. It would be argued internally in the Labour Party, Tory strategists hoped, that they couldn’t dump Gordon in the middle of an election campaign.  It was not as if Clarke’s crew hadn’t clearly signalled at Christmas their intention to make one last attempt to oust Brown…

Back in 2008 after a few bruising PMQs when Gordon was looking wobbly, Team Cameron deliberately pulled their punches for fear of destabilising Gordon too early before an election.  They know that their best hope of a landslide is if Gordon leads the Labour Party to a crushing defeat at the general election.  Gordon will cost Labour MPs their marginal seats which could be otherwise be saved with any other Labour leader…

Robinson Late to the Party, Calls Rumours “Blog Madness”

Guido was reporting rumours that a cabinet minister was going to call for Brown to go last night.  Bad day for Nick Robinson, at midday he dismissed the rumours as “the madness we might get into with blogging and tweeting” on the Daily Politics.

With all his authority he definitively told viewers that there was no plot and nothing going on. The Guardian‘s Andrew Sparrow had the first squeak of the story at quarter past, Guido had the letter just after half past and yet it takes another half an hour for the BBC‘s Political Editor to break the fact that MPs might be texting each other:

The BBC’s News & Current Affairs operation costs taxpayers billions…

+++ 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

+++ Guardian : Hoon & Hewitt to Speak Out on Brown +++


Seen Elsewhere

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Bercow Mocked | Times
Indy Deletes ‘Jewish Lobby’ Headline | MediaGuido
Cracknell v Boris | Sun
British Muslims are Failing to Integrate | Dan Hodges
Dear Sarah Wollaston… | ASI
Treatment of Ashya King’s Family Authoritarian | Brendan O'Neill
Stop the War Should Disband | Rob Marchant
State Should Not Act as Parent | Kathy Gyngell
Guido’s Column | Sun


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