May 7, 2006


Labour at war as Number 10 condemns plot to oust Blair (George Jones, 08/05/2006, Daily Telegraph)

Labour was plunged into its worst infighting for a generation yesterday after Downing Street issued a warning of a plot by rebel MPs to oust Tony Blair and take the party back to the Left. [...]

After several Sunday newspapers reported that a letter was circulating among Labour MPs calling for "a clear timetable" to be drawn up by the summer, David Hill, Mr Blair's press chief, sent a text message to political journalists claiming that there was an attempt to "unseat" Mr Blair and "reverse" New Labour's reforms.

John Reid, the new Home Secretary and one of Mr Blair's staunchest Cabinet allies, went further, saying "you don't need to be Sherlock Holmes" to know that "Old Labour" plotters were behind the attempts to oust the Prime Minister.

"The whole thing has been generated by people who want to push Mr Blair out," he told The Politics Show on BBC TV.

"They want to stop the reform programme and go back to Old Labour. They are not going to win. There is no going back for this party. If we go back, we walk back into the wilderness."

After eight years masking their true proclivities the Democrats likewise rejoiced when Al Gore yanked the party rudder hard to the Left--and they've not been heard from since....

Labour faces civil war over Left's 'plot' to oust Blair (Philip Webster, 5/08/06, Times of London)

LABOUR is on the brink of civil war today after rebel MPs were accused by ministers and Downing Street of a plot to force Tony Blair out now and return the party to the hands of the Left.

As the party descends into its most poisonous bout of infighting for a generation following its dismal performance in the local elections, Tony Blair will refuse mounting demands for him to name a day for his departure from No 10. He will say at a speedily arranged monthly press conference that he has no intention of allowing his hand to be forced by a group that wants to reverse Labour’s reforms and go back to an “Old Labour” agenda.

Brown camp seeking coup, say Blair allies (Patrick Wintour, May 8, 2006, The Guardian)

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 7, 2006 11:32 PM

One would think that Labor would learn from what happened the last time a PM was thrown out (by her own party). I guess not.

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 8, 2006 11:09 AM

Jim, they do remember. Labor was made stronger. Funny the tricks you can play on yourself when you are on a roll.....

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at May 8, 2006 12:22 PM