Saturday 9 January 2010


Meanwhile, in the City of Westminster . . .

Is David Cameron the luckiest man alive, or what ? Saved by Hoon & Hewitt in an important week when he was looking like a prize eejit. C@W has long registered misgivings about the boy Osborne, and it is surely clear now that his ability to muster (and brief his master upon) a coherent Treasury package is wholly inadequate. Not a comfortable conclusion.

Then again, Gordon Brown is a candidate for second luckiest, with the Robinson family's lurid saga tidying up the front pages for him by the end of the week. But it is surely only short term respite for Brown: see Martin Kettle's analysis

"Wednesday's revolt was more significant than it may look"

and Michael Crick's:

"There's still a small chance that Mr Brown may still go before the election"

(2 uses of 'still' in the same sentence Crick - must try harder)

In the meantime, let us fervently hope that the nation doers not need the services of a serious Foreign Secretary, because we're in the hands of one of the most over-rated, pusillanimous specimens ever to occupy that Great Office.

The bookies must be wiping his name off their boards as I write.



Old BE said...

Did I half catch a headline on the news about Darling announcing very tough budget cuts? Was that his price for not shoving Brown out of the door? If so three cheers to the man and perhaps he will be the next PM.

Bill Quango MP said...

We refer the hon gent to the response we made a few posts ago.

..Darling will have won some concessions for his support...
No doubt he made a deal.
.. not be surprised to see some firmer economic statements from Darling and more credible announcements on public sector debt.

Budgie said...

Yes some are now saying that Darling and Mandleson have imposed a more realistic economic policy on the accident prone Brown and the self-regarding Balls but ... hasn't this happened before - and hasn't Brown reverted to form within a few weeks? I seem to remember a surprisingly tough pronouncement last summer only to find Brown back-pedaling at the Labour Conference.

CityUnslicker said...

I agree with Budgie, the rebels think they have the upper hand now, but when Brown announces loony policies with just a few weeks to go until an election..what then?

The PM has the power to call their bluff. They have won a victory in their own minds only; Brown is a psycopath you would have thought they had twigged it by now.

The Tories are not doing much at the moment, if it were football they would be coasting with only a one nil lead; very dangerous place to be.

James Higham said...

Third luckiest?

Nick Drew said...

Gerry Adams

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