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3rd January, 2010
VIRTUALLY A VIRTUAL PRIME MINISTER
It’s in the Daily MAUL, so treat with due diligence.
But it seems there is an updated version of the Let’s Get Rid of Gordon game. It was this year’s Christmas fave rave – commonly known as WII …WEE……..
You remember? You just stand there swinging your arms around, walloping away at a virtual thing and if you’re lucky and your aim is good another virtual thing virtually falls over. You have to spend some time looking like a virtual wally, in front of a screen, but it’s all worth it in the end. Nothing is so potentially, virtually rewarding as serving, putting, bowling, getting fit or practising the black arts for your country.
Well, the usual suspects had just such a swingalong-a-party inside the Once Virtual Winning Machine, at the Once Labour Party pre-Christmas party. There was Charles Clarke, brewing his dark force up into something pretty, er … dark. Then there was former minister Malcolm Wicks, swinging for England with a force to rival that of the (fallen from) greatest of them all, the Tiger. Then there was … well, I’ve got a bit of a blankety blank on the others. But virtually EVERYONE who was ANYONE … wasn’t there.
The MAUL continues seizing the day:
Greg Pope: ‘We look to the de facto Deputy Prime Minister to tell him the harsh truths. Carpe diem, Lord Mandelson,’ he added.
On Thursday, Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman added to the campaign by declaring that ‘now is the time for those around [Brown] to convince him that it is time for him to make way for a new leader’.
He was followed a few hours later by former whip Greg Pope, who described the Prime Minister as ‘disastrously’ unpopular.
One of those invited to Mr Clarke’s party said: ‘Charles was very upbeat – he told us not to “lose hope” about getting rid of the Prime Minister before it was too late.’
Another source among the rebels said: ‘Everyone knows this is our last chance before the Election. You will see others coming out over the next week to say we’d be better off without Mr Brown. Gordon is the millstone round our necks.’
Mr Pope urged Lord Mandelson to tell Mr Brown to stand down. He said that ‘almost any of the senior figures in our party would seriously narrow the gap with the Tories’ if they replaced Mr Brown this month.
‘We look to the de facto Deputy Prime Minister to tell him the harsh truths. Carpe diem, Lord Mandelson,’ he added.
THE FEARLESS FIVE! – Or – ENID BLYTON STRIKES AGAIN!
Last week, The Mail on Sunday revealed that Jack Straw is leading five rebel Cabinet Ministers – known as ‘the fearless five’ – who want Mr Brown to step down before the General Election, which must be held by June.
The others are Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman, Chancellor Alistair Darling, Foreign Secretary David Miliband and Home Secretary Alan Johnson.
Last night, a leading rebel claimed Ms Harman was pursuing ‘a particularly active role in taking soundings’.
Meanwhile Gordon, who’s an old hand at this virtual stuff, is just getting on with the job. Following the failed terror attack in a plane over Detroit, Britain and the USA have agreed to fund a counter-terrorism campaign in Yemen. Who said Brown didn’t have the populist touch?
Btw, what’s Mandelson up to these days?
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