Tuesday, 28 April 2009
What is it with Gordon Brown
I can understand why he would prefer to gad around the world looking like a Statesman rather than face up to the brutal reality that he has lost control of No 10, but other leaders continue to give him a kicking wherever he goes.
Visit to Brussels-
Visit To Brazil
Visit To Chile
Visit To Afghanistan
Visit To Pakistan
Visit To Poland
The Man is a walking embarrassment to the country, he is isolated at home, lost his authority, some Irishman has put his attackdog down, the rump of Nu Labour are attacking him to his face,Jacqui Smith backing down on the Database State, stalwart Labour activists are jumping overboard- and when he goes abroad he is attacked by his opposite number to his face.
The big event this week 'Armed Forces Day' in June, promoted by the SPVA Agency of the MOD has just been drowned out by the clamour for him to go.
Its just getting far too tawdry and pathetic to watch anymore, he has no pride or self respect left judging from the bizarre youtube clip on MP's expenses.
He has no legacy to defend, that went on Budget Day, what posesses him to keep taking this punishment day after day to absolute no end. The Labour Party are as bad, the ministers have abandoned LabourList and Bob Piper is taking a well earned rest.
What did the damage, I am told, is that those involved around Brown had been so preoccupied with handling the McBride affair that they lost any sense of perspective. Tired people can end up coming up with very stupid ideas. Emailgate was so all consuming and intense that they calculated they needed a quick game-changer to get away from it, one which emphasised Brown's claim to high moral standards.
But the second homes reform ended up doing the opposite, and has made the PM look even more tricksy.
It illustrates that Brown is lurching from crisis to quick fix and back again. And those in the machine which is supposed to support him are over-worked and over-tired. The machine which supports the PM is misfiring badly, probably because he is demanding the wrong things from it. Round and round his team goes, in ever decreasing circles. This great expenses reform programme lasted all of six days.
Iain Martin The Telegraph
It is now all going to blow up in his face in eight weeks time when MP's Expenses are belatedly published by order of the High Court. If Brown thinks he has it tough now, he has not seen anything yet. He has tried to head the Expenses issue off at the pass and failed.
Personally the only way now for Brown is down, unfortunately he is dragging the rest of us down with him.