This crosses over from ‘laughing with’, into ‘laughing at’…
This crosses over from ‘laughing with’, into ‘laughing at’…
In the circumstances it will be viewed with suspicion by Brown central that he is organising a drinks party at Manchester town hall to coincide with the meeting of the PLP on Monday night. Is Purnell expecting to have something to celebrate?
This has shades of Ceauşescu in his final hours – Kirsty McNeill, the 28 year-old Brown ultra-loyalist who wrote his party conference speech, is trying to put together a photo-op for this afternoon at West Ham Town Hall, scheduled for between four and six this afternoon. She has sent emails to mostly young Labour party supporters begging them to come to hear Gordon speak:
Gordon often says that our Party is the greatest fighting force for fairness our country has ever known. He’s right and he knows that there’s a whole generation of Labour people who will do whatever it takes to keep it that way. Would you be free to join him at West Ham Town Hall, between four and six on Sunday?
He’d like to thank you in person and he wants to talk to you about what the role for this generation of Labour is going to be, because it’s time. Time for you to stop being the future leadership of our movement and start being today’s. It’s up to us – the people who don’t think raising money for our election war chest is somebody else’s job: it’s ours. Who know running for office to stick up for the people who most need Labour councillors and MPs isn’t somebody else’s job: it’s ours. And who believe that defence of our Party, minute by minute, blog by blog, attack by attack isn’t somebody else’s job: it’s ours. There are a lot of people yak-yakking about the future of our Party and then there’s you – just getting on with being it. Do you want to come talk about it?
You can of course invite others you know, indeed please do. But I will need names for security, so if you could email me back with whether you can make it and who you’d like to bring, I’d appreciate it. I hope it’s going to be the start of something big.
Here is Gordon’s Ceauşescu moment from yesterday:
Video Credit : Crown Blog
No surprise there – though wasn’t he, like Caroline Flint, mendaciously saying the opposite last week?
Shows the fight is still in some Blairites….
“I didn’t say that” – Oh yes you did Mandy.
“I’m not going to comment on Chinese whispers and old emails” – Bet you would rather not face the truth.
“I’m not going to get into tittle-tattle” – That is Guido’s job.
Mandy let off the hook by Marr.
UPDATE : Labour is spinning to the Lobby that these latest email revelations are an Andy Coulson inspired operation. Coulson is good, but he is not that good, (though maybe Coulson tells his bosses different, got to justify that salary somehow). Guido plays the tunes to which Coulson dances – don’t confuse the monkey with the organ grinder.
UPDATE : Paul Waugh mocks Marr: “It used to be called Breakfast with Frost. But Peter Mandelson just turned it into How to Eat Marr for Breakfast.”
Video Credit : The Crown
UPDATE : Sugar has just told Marr that he will be a Labour peer. If he takes the Labour whip, and proselytises for them, surely that is incompatible with him having a prime-time television show? Oh, this is the BBC…
UPDATE II : Congratulations to Sugar on winning that £30 million contract to supply computers to the Office of Government Commerce last month. Handy when your property portfolio has taken a huge battering…
The old joke that you can tell when Peter Mandelson is lying – his lips move, still holds true. While Mandelson is in the broadcast studios telling a sceptical voting public that Gordon “is the best man for the job” in reality he thinks otherwise.
In private, as the Mail on Sunday reveals, his view is very different, in candid emails discussing the mental state of Gordon Brown he is damning, calling Gordon “insecure, self-conscious physically and emotionally, uncomfortable in his skin and angry”.
In other words, psychologically flawed.
Mandelson owns Gordon Brown to a degree greater than any influence he ever had over Tony Blair. He is in a sense now more powerful than the Prime Minister, for Gordon Brown’s job is at his disposal. The only reason Mandelson has not taken the title of ‘Deputy Prime Minister’ is because Harriet Harman would have resigned if he did, since that title was, much to her annoyance, denied to her. The last thing Gordon needs is another W.A.G. (Woman Against Gordon). So the great intriguer now has the title First Secretary of State and Lord President of the Council, the Baron Mandelson, of Foy in the county of Herefordshire and Hartlepool in the county of Durham.
He saved Gordon on Thursday night by calling Blairites who were thinking of jumping and cajoling them into staying and publicly supporting Gordon Brown, even though in private they despair of the Prime Mentalist.
Mandelson knows Gordon is not up to the job, knows that he is not even half as good as Tony Blair, knows that he is a weak, dithering and now broken man. Look at Gordon’s face and you see a man racked with psychological pain, his face betraying his failure. The Lobby is dismayed that Gordon dares to blatantly lie to them when claiming to possess high moral purpose. The worst thing about Gordon’s lying are the lies he tells himself.
All this serves Mandelson’s purposes, for it means that he himself can govern just as a cunning old regent controls a young prince. The strength of Mandelson’s position as effectively the surviving Blairite ringmaster means that if he holds the Blairites on the leash, Brown survives, if he unleashes them, Brown falls. That power has seduced Mandelson, he has always dreamed that one day he would be able to say “l‘État c’est Moi”. Now he has engineered himself into a positon where he can say “le premier secrétaire d’État, c’est moi”…
Unelected, unwanted even by the majority of the members of his own party*, with no mandate of any kind from party or nation. He bullied his way to power and it seems he will have to be dragged out of office. Surely there are decent people in the Labour Party who can put the national interest before the narrow interests of their party?
UPDATE : The veterans booed him because it is thought that Downing Street encouraged Sarkozy to not invite the Queen so that he could get another photo-op with Obama. The Obama obsession seems evidenced by the Prime Mentalist’s renaming of ‘Omaha beach’ to ‘Obama beach’. Cringe as our head of government embarrasses the nation yet again:
*YouGov/C4 News poll says the majority of Labour Party members think they would do better without Brown and 53% they would be better off with Blair back in charge. They would…
If you have ever wondered how it is that all the broadcasters always seem to end up with on-message Labour talking-heads spouting exactly the same drivel after an election, here is why – Labour HQ emails everyone a briefing on “lines to take” before they go on air. The degree of control demanded by New Labour means ambitious MPs can’t be allowed to think up their own answers.
Hence we end up with a series of robotic talking heads mouthing the party line. Backbenchers and cabinet ministers alike will all parrot the same form of words regardless of the question asked. If you were watching the news yesterday you will have heard the script. Guido is grateful to a “real socialist” co-conspirator for providing yesterday’s “lines to take”. If you want to see it, Guido has uploaded the dull script to here. Hopefully the next leader of the Labour Party will be less Stalinist and permit Labour MPs to think for themselves…
UPDATE : It appears that Paul Waugh has blogged this already.
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Alan Milburn says Labour’s scaremongering campaign for an unreformed NHS will not win election…
“It would be a fatal mistake, in my view, for Labour to go into this election looking as though it is the party that would better resource the National Health Service but not necessarily put its foot to the floor when it comes to reforming. Look, reforms are not easy, but the Labour Party is not a conservative party. It should be about moving things forward not preserving them in aspic. You have got a pale imitation actually of the 1992 general election campaign, and maybe it will have the same outcome. I don’t know.”