His script has however been noticeably more loyal to Brown lately:
“Gordon Brown is aiming for the Right target”“Chancellor Alistair Darling should shut up”“Gordon Brown must strike back at the doom-mongers”“Panicking Labour MPs need to chill out”
Guido is cautious about the story because it smacks of wishful thinking by some in the Brown bunker, Carter and Muir have not been sugar-coating the dire focus group feedback. It stands out that no one else is reporting the demotion story, Merrick may have just been spun by the Brownies.
Getting rid of Carter and replacing Darling with Ed Balls would signal that the Brown bunker is bonkers, the Treasury is clearly in revolt at the £40 billion state house building splurge supposedly planned by Downing Street. Having nationalised home lending via Northern Rock, Gordon plans to double up on the mistake and nationalise home building. A last gasp of socialism to appease the Labour core-vote – public sector mass housing has been such a success hasn’t it? Huge estates of stable families, high employment, low crime and civic responsibility.
Wonder if Vince Cable will support him this time as well?
UPDATE : Dale says Merrick claims the report is triple sourced though Downing Street denies it. If Carter has quit rather than been demoted what does that say about the dysfunction in Downing Street?
When not stealing other people’s creative products and passing it off as their own the Downing Street digital team ignore 50,000 petitioners to make funny videos. No one is laughing tonight.
UPDATE : Guido knows the identity of the officer (blurred in the picture above), his commendation was related to him receiving a baseball bat beating when on surveillance .
We would actually rather have Jeremy Clarkson as PM…
Fact : more people voted for Clarkson to be PM than Gordon.
In all fairness she has the worst job in government right now – Housing Minister. It can’t have helped that some moronic briefing to the Sun has brought a stagnant property market to a complete halt – why exchange now when if you wait until September you can save thousands in stamp duty?[…]
Tomorrow will be my last day as Gordon Brown’s Political Secretary.