Is Brown Being Sly?

Meacher and Clare Short have lost it over Brown learning to love the bomb. Paul Linford has a take on it, he thinks that by backing the bomb it makes the prospect of a left-wing leadership challenge more of a certainty. An Old Labour challenge would allow Gordon to position himself as the “heir to Blair”.

Except how would a left-wing challenger garner the 71 nominations?

Given that in 1984 Gordon said Trident was “unacceptably expensive, economically wasteful and militarily unsound” his new stance might just be a little Machiavellian. Guido too thinks Britain needs a truly independent nuclear deterrent which does not require the permission of the U.S. president to launch. Not long range, just able to reach Paris…

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John McDonnell tells the Gallery/Lobby lunch what the priest told him to do…

‘He persuaded me to do this. He said you need to soften your image. So do Mumsnet and do this…. I’m trying to soften my image.’

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