If you are standing down from frontline politics, why would want to get close to the grassroots? Has he really lost all ambition?
UPDATE : Fraser Nelson is reporting speculation that Brown offered Reid an effective demotion, so Heath-like, Reid flounced off. Let that be a warning to any who dare to stand up to the Dark Lord.
Clarke in ‘kamikaze’ challenge
By GEORGE PASCOE-WATSON
May 03, 2007CHARLES Clarke was last night poised to mount a “kamikaze” challenge against Gordon Brown for the Labour leadership. The former Home Secretary has successfully rounded up the 45 Labour MPs he needs to back him in the contest.
Clarke will not challenge Brown
By Sun Reporter
May 05, 2007
…and another classic bit of old media punditry from Alex Bell:
Guardian Media Section,
Monday April 30This week voters north of the border will decide who to elect to the Scottish parliament, but despite the SNP’s popularity in the polls, not a single newspaper will back it, reports Alex Bell
UPDATE :Iain Dale has shredded a so-bad-it-is-bonkers article by Melissa Kite-Flier on the shape of the Tory re-shuffle. Honestly some of these dead-tree-press types seem to write any old crap.
Guido still has a few quid on John Hutton just in case he tries a Kamikaze battle of “ideas” with the man he said “would make a fucking useless PM”. 300/1 seems fair…
UPDATE : Don’t bother with Hutton – he has given an interview to GMTV for broadcast tomorrow where he bends the knee and pledges allegiance to Gordon.
So why is he in hiding now? There is talk that he is depressed, that internally he realises he has the loser gene. That is the way it looks today.
Click on any day to find out what he did, when and where.
Hat-tip : Javelin for “Invisible Gordon”
Despite having an effectively taxpayer subsidised campaign he still has some spending to do. And according to this document that has been passed to Guido he plans to spend little short of a cool six-figures on his campaign.
The campaign’s expenditure summary can be downloaded here.
Notice no allowance made for mobile phones and Blackberries (SpAds have government issued mobiles and Blackberries, you pay for them). Hain is pressing the flesh everywhere he goes and putting the travel down to ministerial expenses (you pay again) he is hosting drinks parties for journalists (as a minister of course, nothing to do with the leadership battle, you pay for that as well).
But who is coughing up for Hain’s expensive campaign? Sleazy lobbyist Steve Morgan is running the show…
Which reminds Guido, the Observer’s Mark Townsend still hasn’t paid up his gambling losses despite many hints.
His rather bad attempt at photoshopping a leaflet to show him at a place he was not, probably contributed to him not being on the council.
One good result on the night for the LibDems…
UPDATE :Some scepticism in the comments that P45s are going out tomorrow, but am assured by people getting sacked that they know it is coming.
UPDATE II : Just got an email saying “A lot of staff, including me, are leaving after the election. Not sacked, more subtle than that, asked to leave, told we’re not welcome/no future.”
“the Prime Minister was not announcing his resignation as Prime Minister next week. That is not what he would be doing. What the Prime Minister would be doing would be setting out his intentions but he would not be resigning as Prime Minister next week. Asked if he was resigning as leader of the Labour Party, the PMOS said it was a Party, not Government matter and the question the PMOS had been asked was about the Prime Minister’s role as Head of Government. After the Prime Minister has announced his intention he will remain Prime Minister. Asked if the Prime Minister would not go and see the HM the Queen next week but after the leadership contest has been concluded, the PMOS said at last the penny had dropped.”
“I think what is important now is that we understand that it’s the interests of the country that come first and we move on. I would have preferred to do this in my own way… The next party conference in a couple of weeks will be my last party conference as party leader, the next TUC conference next week will be my last TUC – probably to the relief of both of us.”
Blair can argue that he gave a commitment to the people at the general election to serve a “full term“ and the voters gave him that mandate. He can also argue that he gave a promise to give the next leader of the Labour party “time to bed in“. If he stood down as Labour leader but not as PM he could keep both promises. It would also let him keep his grip on power as he tries deserately to get radical Blairite policies and reforms implemented.
José María Aznar lost the support of the people who had voted for the Partido Popular in 2000 and had to pledge not to run again. In January 2004 Aznar called new elections and designated his candidate, Mariano Rajoy, sticking to his pledge of not seeking office for a third term.
Is the Aznar option in Britain so outrageous? Has Blair given up the fight for Blairite policies and accepted his legacy will be Iraq and criminal corruption charges against his aides?