Labour Will Have a Khrushchev Moment of Truth in the End

Rawnsley’s new revelations in The End of the Party, like Peter Watt’s in Inside Out, come as no great surprise.  Guido has been pretty remorseless over the years in his characterisation of Gordon Brown as the “Prime Mentalist”.  As we come closer to the dénouement of this government more and more will come out confirming the truth of this characterisation.  The increasingly manifest weirdness of the man means that his acolytes are now reduced to excusing him as a “poor communicator”.  Poor communication skills do not explain the widely reported acts of violent rage, poor communication skills do not explain the bizarre behaviour, the appalling mistreatment of junior staff or the violent Nokia chucking abuse towards aides.

The demented dithering of Downing Street’s dysfunctional operation is now well known throughout Westminster and openly recognised in Whitehall.  The decision making processes that determine the strategic direction of the country have almost broken down.  This stems in large part from the personality of Gordon Brown.

When Brown has gone after the election it seems inevitable that we will eventually have a Khrushchev moment, where a senior Labour figure articulates what everyone knows.  It will be devastating.  Gordon Brown is a malevolent, deeply damaged and unpleasant human being.  He is at the centre of a culture of political bullying that has been unhealthy for the Labour Party and the government.  The loyalist cabal around him are unpleasant people who have no place in a healthy political culture, they are as secretive and malicious as they are vindictive and vicious.

Damian McBride was his anonymous assassin, destroying the careers of Brown’s enemies.  Nick Brown, Gordon’s tough enforcer is now the party’s chief whip.  The charmless Ed Balls plotting on his master’s behalf owes his position entirely to his loyalty to Brown. Charlie Whelan is another Brown bully with a bit more charm and humour.  Nick Cohen recalls Charlie Whelan lambasting Martin Bright’s wife, telling the mother of his children that the then political editor of the Staggers should be sacked for disloyalty to Brown.  Whelan is now suing the editor of the Speccie for calling him a bully, probably because he couldn’t bully anyone into sacking him.  Those around Brown are unpleasant people of necessity, because leaders like him who can’t inspire only hold on to power through fear.

Many people in the Labour Party who know all this stay silent, they despair or they have given up.  It would have been better for them all to have had a coup before the election rather than a Khrushchev moment after.  Look at the evasiveness and the body language of the people who deny the truth of the allegations about the Prime Mentalist.  Truth will out in the end.

Andy Murray Cursed (Again) Loses Open

Back in July last year Andy Murray was cursed by Jonah Brown.  Earlier this week when Gordon wished Murray well against Federer many co-conspirators winced and commented that this was the kiss of death again.  Murray had made it to the finals of a grand slam tournament, he was on form.  Surely, this time, he could be spared the curse.  After all he had already suffered its wrath.

So it has transpired.  Andy Murray has lost the Australian Open Final to Roger Federer in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 7-6.

What will it take to stop Gordon cursing the nation’s sportsmen?

Quote of the Day

David Cameron said

“The moment a burglar steps over your threshold, and invades your property, with all the threat that gives to you, your family and your livelihood, I think they leave their human rights outside.”

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Loose Lips Sink Ships

A big round of applause to the Liberal Democrat activist Dan Falchikov who spent an entire train journey mouthing off about how he stirred up a rumour that had been picked up by the press about the closure of Kingston Hospital. Richmond MP Susan Kramer quickly got a campaign up but little did Mr Falchikov realise he was infact sitting opposite the Mirror’s Kevin Maguire, who was commuting in from his million pound suburban mansion:

On train a bloke’s boasting on mobile he got Evening Standard to claim Lab has secret plans to shut Kingston Hospital – 9:57 AM Jan 27th

He’s “a manifesto to write”. Tory? Wearing Hibs scarf. Clocking his details. May sneak photo to track down. Or could always ask! -10:01 AM Jan 27th

This is the Kingston hospital scare bloke. Anyone know him?  He’s a loud mouth in public places http://tweetphoto.com/9705183 – 11:42 AM Jan 27th

Ta all Tweeters. Hospital phone man ID’d as Lib Dem activist Dan Falchikov. He should stop SHOUTING on trains – 3:22 PM Jan 27th from web

Clearly a fan of EyeSpyMP, Maguire snapped the loose lipped liberal and plastered his first name and photo across Twitter.  He was soon identified. No where is safe anymore… the walls really do have ears (and cameras).

Kramer is up against Zac Goldsmith’s extremely well funded campaign and is obviously feeling the  heat if she is fighting so dirty that she has stooped to having her campaigners make stuff up.  Goldsmith has jumped on the story unsurprisingly.  Once again it is another blow to the image of the Liberal Democrats as fluffy and nice that Clegg and Cowley Street constantly spin. On the ground the yellow team are spiteful and vicious.

'Liberal' Tories Shouldn't Be Uniting with Orangemen

There is something cynical about Cameron’s modernised, de-toxified, “we’ve changed” Tories getting into bed with the Northern Irish unionist parties.  By all means stand Conservative and Unionist candidates, but a readiness to do a back room deal with what remains a bigoted and sectarian political force is not something of which to be proud.  They are hardly ideological allies of the progressive, liberalising force in society that the modernised Tories claim to be.

The news that the Orange Order is trying to match-make between the UUP and DUP by convening secret “unity talks” should come as no surprise.  The Orangemen have played off the mainland parties for decades, trading their votes for favours.  If the Tories get outwitted again by the men in orange sashes don’t be surprised…

Friday Caption Contest

Quote of the Day

Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy says

“Sometimes he is rubbish on telly and that is the truth and I have said it before and in a world where the premium is on a seven-second clip or a soundbite, Gordon and his intellect do not fit into seven seconds.”

What's the Big Secret Dave?

Dave had a frank chat with newspaper editors and media big-shots at Davos yesterday.  Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger was one of them.  It was on a strictly off-the-record basis.  Why?

Presumably Dave was speaking honestly in language that he didn’t think the unwashed voters should hear.  Straight-talking Dave is clearly not for public consumption.  At best it is evidence of the contempt in which the public is held by the political elite, at worst it is an admission that Cameron’s private views are different from his public positions.  Very, very worrying.

Wikileaks is Skint

Wikileaks, the groundbreaking website which publishes what people don’t want you to know in an increasingly hostile legal environment, is in financial difficulties.  The website is down and the home page is requesting donations.  By coincidence the BBC’s Culture Show did a profile last night of the website (go 17 ½ minutes in on iPlayer).

Wikileaks refuses to accept corporate sponsorship.  As someone who uses it both as a tool and a resource it seems to me that this is making things unnecessarily hard for themselves.  So long as they have a plurality of donors and don’t give donors any control it doesn’t matter.

A lot of new media and tech corporations would be happy to just be associated with Wikileaks…

Chilcot : the Finale

This is the big day for the chattering classes. Today at the Chilcot Inquiry the unreconciled anti-war left hopes Blair will trip up and effectively confess to war crimes, the commentariat are looking for closure – “the questions Blair must answer”, Hampstead and Islington intellectuals are looking for new material for after-dinner arguments.  Cameroons will look on misty-eyed as the maestro shows how it is done.  There will be something for everyone today. In the end, after six hours of testimony, Guido reckons Blair will walk away with his reputation unchanged. No one will change their mind as a result of Blair’s testimony today.  Nevertheless for the political classes today is the super-bowl of political self-justification.

Gordon's Million Pound Face Saver Backfires

Sir Thomas Legg will report on Tuesday the long awaited results of his audit of MPs expenses. Right about now Members are opening letters revealing whether their appeals against Legg’s stringent payback requests have failed or not. Someone who has read the report told the Standard that it is a “brutal … unexploded bomb”.  Not only will over three hundred of the troughing piggies be slammed on Tuesday, but Legg also goes after the officials who allowed the pocket lining to continue without raising eyebrows. Great news.

Legg LettersThe decision to bring in Legg was a rushed one taken by Downing Street at the height of the expenses scandal and it has come back to bite Gordon. Not only was he himself ordered to pay back over twelve grand but his measure designed to restore faith in Parliament has come full circle and in the end will reopen the expenses scandal, reignite all that hate and anger, with less than one hundred days until the election.

Another great tactical move from the bunker.

What Smoking Ban?

Rumours are swirling around about the near daily smell of fine Cuban smoke emanating from the loos on the fourth floor of Portcullis House first thing in the morning.

Who is this iconoclastic lone law flouter willing to start the day in style?

Guido has his suspicions…

MPs' Scams

Austin Mitchell has an EDM up supporting Scams Awareness Month,

“this House welcomes the Office of Fair Trading’s Scams Awareness month blah blah blah”

By coincidence this week Austin Mitchell was ordered to repay £10,000 he over-claimed on his mortgage.

At 4 p.m. today MPs find out if Legg has rejected their appeals to be allowed to get away with such scams…

Why Did You Join the Labour Party?

John Prescott is Tweeting followers asking

Why did you all join #Labour? Personal experiences? Shared values? Same vision of a progressive Britain? Let us know!

Guido is offering a copy of The Big Red Book of New Labour Sleaze to the most amusing answer (in character) for different Labour figures.

Prezza : For the sex and expenses.
Blair : To conquer Mesopotamia.

Well, you can probably do better…

Quote of the Day

ToryBear exclaims

“HM Revenue is following me on Twitter.  S**t”

Champagne Induced False Memory Syndrome

Guido gatecrashed last night’s launch of Inside Out, Peter Watt’s tell-all book on the dysfunctional Labour Party.  His co-writer Isabel Oakeshott (pictured) looked glamorous rather than ghostly.

Charles Clarke, one of the few people on the planet who dislikes the Prime Mentalist more than Guido, was the only Labour MP spotted at the event.   Button-holing him was an opportunity to verify the truth of a story that has tickled Guido for a while.   The scene was a champagne lubricated event hosted by Blair’s former SpAd turned power lobbyist, Darren Murphy, back in the spring of last year at the time Smeargate was unfolding.  Murphy is of course no friend of Damian McBride.  Alan Milburn, with Charles Clarke at his side, says a few words to the assembled über-Blairites.  He finishes his speech with a smirk and raises his champagne-filled flute  to say “the toast is Guido Fawkes”.

Clarke told Guido grumpily that he had no recollection of the event, so we’ll just have to put it down as apocryphal. Though too much champagne can play tricks with your memory…

UPDATE : Darren Murphy calls to say he didn’t host an event, or pay for the champagne and certainly wasn’t there. Another Labour source says that the gist of the story is true.  Perhaps.

No Deal Despite Gordon Ducking PMQs

No wonder Gordon was so keen to stay in Northern Ireland today, he knew he was due a battering over banking at PMQs and poor Harman had to take the flak. Surprise, surprise that within an hour of PMQs finishing, the BBC gets tipped that Brown will be returning to the mainland today, before any deal has been reached.  So what was the point of him staying another night?

In a last deluded bid to exert influence on the world stage Gordon has once again been sounding off about the deluded global  Tobin tax. Melvyn King put the boot in yesterday: “I don’t know anyone on the international circuit who’s enthusiastic about it … Of all the measures being considered, the Tobin tax is probably at the bottom of the list.” Gordon would have known that this was going to be raised at PMQs today and forced Harriet to take a bullet for him. Once a coward…

By cowering across the water Gordon has even let the Tories gain ground on him and his relationship with his beloved Obama. Hague was able to ally the Tories with Obama’s ideas for banking reform and slam the government’s notion that people would actual listen to anything Brown suggests anymore. Harriet was poorly briefed and floundered, Gordon must be wondering if, had he fought, he would have been able to defend himself better. If only he had a little courage.

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