Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Brown's 'got it now'
Tonight's television was definingly disastrous for Gordon Brown. I've never seen Michael Crick fillet a senior political figure so comprehensively. The high point for me (and the low point for GB) was Merthyr's Dai Havard on the national UK News, treating his party leader (and our Prime Minister) as if he was a secondhand car salesman who needed to be left over the weekend to sweat on a deal. Dai was smirking like Del Trotter, because he knows that the party leadership is too weak to discipline him. Without knowing it, he was treating Gordon Brown with total contempt. We then had Yvette Cooper on Newsnight, informing us that she had no idea what the compromises GB had made on the 10 p tax issue were going to cost, or how many of the over 5 million effected were going to benefit from them. And this after the Prime Minister had been all over our screens earlier in the day, trying to give the impression that pressure from his rebellious MPs had nothing whatsoever to do with the change in policy. No panic or caving in to pressure - just a carefully worked out strategy to help the poorest people is what he said. The mocking laughter in the House of Commons was genuine. I still can't get over it. Its almost beyond belief that Gordon Brown, who looked like a political colossus up until last October has turned out to be the weakest, most indecisive and ineffective British Prime Ministers of the modern era. His own team have no fear of him or respect for him. I just cannot see a way back for him.