Blair, Brown and the media war…

In addition to Pete’s reporting (and my own caveats), here’s Manic’s Pro Labour /Anti Blair take on yesterday’s bizarre events… He also argues (with an impressive set of links ) Blair has had media opinion stacking in his favour. A motive for the present heavy (but hardly fatal) counterattack?

Adds: And here’s another…

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  • Pete Baker

    Danny Finkelstein has some helpful advice for Blair..

    “3. You were quite wrong. Things can’t only get better.”

  • Crataegus

    Pete

    Nice link I about sums up Blair’s options. He’s toast.

  • Mick Fealty

    Crat, I cannot count the number of times that David Trimble was declared toast, before he became such.

  • Mick

    David Trimble was toast long before the electorate decided to dump him. The fact that a lame duck leader took the UUP into electoral decimation should not be lost on the Labour Party.

  • Crataegus

    Mick

    Pakman is right, if Blair lingers he will destroy the Labour party as internal tensions will get worse and he will lose authority. Best to go quickly. It is like teenage lad being ditched by girl, best accept the fact in the knowledge that there are other opportunities than be made look pathetic.

    Also this will distract from what they are supposedly there to do, run the country.

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Have to agree with Crat and Pakman here. The PM is a lame duck, he’s now been winged by a group of shotgun wielding PPS’s and is waiting for the hounds (cabinet) to come and finish him off for the pot.

    The Indy speculates on possible scenarios for departure but British PM’s have a history of hanging on for too long and getting the push at the end (cf Mrs T). Blair will not be any different – the Brownites and others smell blood and the transition has already started. Even traditional Blairites (Chris Mole, Ipswich) have jumped, eyeing the next election and whose side they need to be seen on.

    I think we’ll get a (tentative) departure date of March-May 07 but the Blair era will end in weeks rather than months. If he’s around at Christmas I’ll be most surprised. I’ve been saying it for years – Iraq has got him in the end.

  • pith

    “The PM is a lame duck, he’s now been winged by a group of shotgun wielding PPS’s and is waiting for the hounds (cabinet) to come and finish him off for the pot.”

    UK politics in the sytle of Looney Toons. Love it. Now where’s that wabbit?

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Well pith, I hadn’t considered the animated angle to this but thanks for pointing it out
    🙂

    So we’ve Daffy (TB), Elmer Fudd (GB), Sylvester (JP), Tweety (Hoon – I tawt I saw a WMD), Yosemite Sam (Reid)…

    Any other suggestions to the usual…