Friday, 18 April 2008

on the end of Gordon Brown

In August 1991, Gorbachev, President of the Soviet Union, left Moscow to head to the Crimea for a bit of a holiday. Shortly afterwards tanks rolled into Moscow and the military declared that they were in control, placing Gorbachev under house arrest in the Crimea.

Gordon Brown may be feeling much like Gorbachev right now, everything falling away from him. Yesterday the
PPS to Yvette Cooper, Angela Smith decided to resign her position in protest of the abolition of the 10p tax rate, later we learned that following a ‘conversation’ with Gordon Brown this has changed.
What kind of conversation? Promises of a promotion? A planned U-turn to reinstate the 10p rate? Or did he massage her ego and tell her “
we need you for this”? Perhaps they made a bet, ‘if May the 1st goes really badly for us you can resign, if not then you have nothing to worry about at the next election’. /cynicism>

Coupled with this Lord Desai (who doesn’t have to worry about losing his seat) told us all yesterday "
Gordon Brown was put on earth to remind people how good Tony Blair was." He also openly backed David Miliband to be the next Labour leader, leadership contest anyone? Other key figures such as Gordon Brown’s successor as Chancellor, Alistair Darling, have also come out stating that Brown needs to raise his game. Cabinet reshuffle anyone?
In the end Gorbachev was saved by the other Boris, who climbed atop tanks and told the military to go home. As Lord Desai points out, a win in London for Boris would crush the Labour party. If this happens maybe Ken will then stand in Crewe and Nantwich, the safe Labour seat could elect him or will it be a Labour defeat in Gordon Brown’s first Parliamentary by-election post ‘dithering’.

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