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A storm in a tea cup?

Posted by Matt Walker on January 11, 2010

Steve-Bell-07_01_10-005 Last week, Gordon Brown faced another abortive attempt to unseat him as Labour leader and prime minister. This time it was former cabinet ministers Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt who wielded the knife behind Brown’s back.

The attempted coup failed but it was interesting to see how long it took cabinet ministers to rally round Brown. Why the attempt to topple Brown failed is nicely described by the BBC’s Nick Robinson, and also how it took Foreign Secretary David Miliband 7 hours after the plot was revealed to line up behind the prime minister.

It is clear that several cabinet ministers do not want Brown because they believe he will lose the next election. Some have also muttered surreptitiously to journalists that the government is run by Brown, Ed Balls and Peter Mandelson, with little room for anyone else.

On policy matters, there seems to be a fear that Labour will pursue a core vote strategy at the next election, whilst Alastair Darling has been unhappy for some time with the government’s reluctance to come clean over public spending cuts. Whatever the truth, this is bad for Labour. Divided parties don’t win elections, and Labour are perceived by the electorate to be the most divided of the 3 major parties.

Should Labour ditch Brown now, or simply wait until they are defeated before they get a new person in? Or do you think Labour can win with Brown in charge?

Brown calls leadership plot ‘storm in a teacup’


One Response to “A storm in a tea cup?”

  1. Sam Dalton said

    On the BBC website it says there was another poll carried out on the 12th January with the Tories on 41% and Labour on 28%, so it seems there is no chance of Labour winning the election under Gordon Brown. Maybe a hung Parliament is the best they can hope for.

    Alot of the negativity towards Labour over the past few years seems to have been directed specifically towards Gordon Brown and how inept he is, so a change in leadership could well alter Labour’s prospects in a positive way. It’s difficult to see that happening though.

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