May 10, 2006

HOW ELSE COULD HE GO OUT BUT AS HIS MENTOR DID?:

Blair v Brown: the public and the private disputes (Patrick Wintour, May 10, 2006, The Guardian)

Gordon Brown yesterday raised the spectre of Margaret Thatcher's ejection from No 10 as he pressed Tony Blair to give assurances to senior party colleagues on the date of his departure and the process of transition. The chancellor is determined not to let his chance to succeed to the leadership on his terms slip from his grasp, as it has in the past.

He believes he has received worthless private assurances from the prime minister before and now wants flesh on Mr Blair's promise to give his successor "ample time" to take over and set his distinctive agenda. The prime minister gave that assurance under backbench pressure at a meeting with Labour MPs on Monday.

In an interview with GMTV yesterday Mr Brown repeatedly insisted that Mr Blair had said he would talk to senior colleagues about the transition. No 10 regards this demand for a private pledge to senior party colleagues on when he will stand down, and the process of transition, as unreasonable and unworkable.

Mr Brown said in a carefully worded warning: "Tony has said he is going to do it in a stable and orderly way. That means he is going to be talking not just to me, but to senior colleagues about it. Remember when Mrs Thatcher left, it was unstable, it was disorderly and it was undignified."

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 10, 2006 7:20 AM
Comments

Translation (of Gordon Brown):

"GET THE $%&* OUT OF HERE!!!"

I suppose one could quote Cromwell's words given at the end of the Rump Parliament (or later to Neville Chamberlain), but that would be too cruel.

Labor will have a leader like Michael Foot in 2 or 3 years. And, if he isn't in jail, George Galloway might just make a comeback, tutu and all.

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 10, 2006 10:47 PM
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