An article written by Telegraph Political Correspondent James Kirkup today, titled ‘A tragedy is unfolding under Gordon Brown’, makes it quite clear that James Purnell, the Pensions Secretary speaking through his recently appointed special adviser Phil Collins, is openly attacking Gordon Brown’s record. Purnell, sorry Collins, writing in Prospect Magazine, talks of –
Gordon Brown’s “errors” which have left Labour “vulnerable” and on the wrong side of the political debate.
The article is interesting as it particularly criticises Brown (coded as Labour) for being overly authoritarian, and it implies that Labour’s current dire position in polls and elections cannot be ascribed entirely to the economy as Brown and his supporters are doing.
Maybe Purnell’s onto something here, and it is Brown’s authoritarianism that makes him so hated. If so. there has to be hope for Britain. If her people still have enough fight in them to hate the authoritarianism of Brown, then they will finally come to hate the EU, where much of the restrictiveness and dominating rules are coming from.
Purnell though is being just as deceptive as Dennis MacShane, who amazed all and sundry by advocating tax cuts and reduced government spending in yesterday’s Telegraph. See HERE. Neither of them indicate that to deliver the changes they talk of, would require Britain to leave the EU. They avoid all talk of who is really governing Great Britain.
Inside the EU Britain will have a highly authoriarian, and a highly taxed regime, regardless of any fine words of recantation from Labour’s politicians. Purnell and MacShane can add another thing to the list of Labour’s failures – and to their own list. They talk of profligacy and of authoritarianism. How about a little admission of deceptiveness? When he was Europe Minister, MacShane was the past master at that.
The only potential candidates for the Labour leadership who can admit to the Party’s past deceptions are the eurosceptics. We are still waiting to hear of a more definite statement from this quarter of being willing to join the leadership contest, and not just a series of winks and nudges. Only those MPs, who tried to back the referendum on Lisbon for example would have any real credibility.
The rest of the Telegraph article reads as follows –
Mr Collins is a former speechwriter for Tony Blair, and his remarks will be seen as the latest criticism of the current Prime Minister from inside his own party…
Writing in Prospect magazine, Mr Collins suggests that David Cameron, the Tory leader, has “got the point” about what voters now want from their leaders, whereas Mr Brown has not…..
He adds: “The key dividing line in politics is no longer between left and right but, increasingly, between liberal and authoritarian.
“The Labour government too often finds itself on the wrong side of this divide. One of the lessons Labour ought to have learned from 11 years in charge of the state is to be humble about the limits of that power.”
Even as Mr Collins was raising doubts about Mr Brown’s strategy, John Prescott, the former deputy prime minister, has supported the Labour leader.
“You have got to remember that there is a transition into becoming prime minister. I have no doubt this man has the qualities to be a very good prime minister,” Mr Prescott said on GM-TV.
He added: “I have no doubt he is the man to deal with the economic problems we have got, having had 10 years keeping our economy very successful.
Prescott’s bulimia does not prevent him from gorging himself on lashings of sycophancy. No doubt he walks out of the TV studio and heaves up, as all his listeners are doing. One of the key eurosceptics who has challenged Brown about deceptiveness on many occasions is Gisela Stuart, MP for Edgbaston. See HERE