Comment at end
7th June, 2009
I’ve given Mr Blair time for his denials over his “thoughts to friends” on Gordon Brown. That’s what usually happens when reports are inaccurate. But from Mr Blair’s Office has emanated silence. So I have had to conclude that these may well be his true thoughts on his successor.
Tony Blair always said he would not be a backseat driver nor a voice offstage on Brown’s premiership. No-one can deny that he has stuck faithfully to that principle, with only the occasional (leaked) comment.
So, if silence is golden, it seems that there may be some nuggets of truth in this report at the Daily Mail yesterday:
‘Tony Blair believes Gordon Brown’s political future is doomed because of ‘the darkness in his heart’ and his ‘lies’ – and feels Mr Brown has no one to blame but himself.
The former Prime Minister’s devastating verdict on his successor is a blow to Mr Brown’s hopes of surviving further moves to topple him, expected this week.
Publicly, Mr Blair has kept out of the row. However, The Mail on Sunday can disclose that privately he shares the view held by Labour rebels that Mr Brown will lead the Party to a disastrous defeat at the next Election.’
If these are Mr Blair’s thought, it adds to the widespread opinion/feeling that Brown for all his dedication to the country and his party may well be ‘psychologicaly unfit’ for the job.
The article continues:
The “darkness“? That’s eerily reminiscent of Ann Widdecombe’s “something of the night” which helped bring down Michael Howard. Mr Blair’s “lies” comment is noteworthy, and not only because we were led to believe that the previous prime minister had a propensity to lie, while the son-of-the-manse floated innocently above such depths.
Perhaps it’s payback time for Brown’s silence when Blair was accused of lying. The article goes on:
‘Another source close to Mr Blair claimed Mr Brown’s wounds were ‘self-inflicted’. He added: ‘Tony’s view is that Gordon has brought this all on himself. He spent years plotting against Tony and is in no position to complain now that it is happening to him. The people trying to get him out learned how to do it from Gordon’s people. It takes a moment to inject the poison, but years to drain it.’
Schadenfreude from the seriously damaged, if not quite dead former PM?
So the disloyal who brought Blair down will complain of disloyalty to Brown. Such pot/kettle/black accusations if they come, could result in MORE revelations of ‘lying’, and not exactly helpful to Mr Brown.
And that reminds me – where is Balls these days? As with Blair in his hour of need, the supposedly right-hand man is all but invisible.
Ahh! Here he is – Balls at war with Mandelson while more female Cabinet Ministers consider quitting. WHAT? Already?
Oh, and just as a by the way, John Rentoul writes on the poll a few days ago which shows that 53% of Labour members think Labour would be more likely to win a FOURTH election with Tony Blair as leader. Great fun, isn’t it?
If Gordon falls despite your best efforts Lord Mandelson, do you think you can swing this one? For the sake of the country and party, you understand.