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Inquest held -- but no dead body [Jan. 7th, 2010|12:20 pm]
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After another botched coup against Gordon Brown, the third since he became PM in 2007, the inquest is beginning into what went wrong. Dismayed Labour backbenchers are turning their guns on Patricia Hewitt and Geoff Hoon, organisers of the short-lived winter revolution.
But there is someone else in the firing line: David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary. He hesitated for more than six hours yesterday before issuing a half-hearted statement of support for Brown, and refused to elaborate later when doorstepped by reporters. Today, inevitably, Miliband has had to issue a more fullsome declaration of his personal backing for Brown. Now that it looks like Brown will survive (just) and lead Labour into the general election, Miliband had no other option.
Critics are accusing the Foreign Sec of trying to sit on the fence -- for a third time- and falling off. In the summer of 2008, he wrote a coded newspaper article criticising Brown but failed to follow it up. In June last year, he hesitated (briefly) when James Purnell quit the Cabinet and then backed Brown. If he had resigned, it might have been the end for the PM. Now, critics claim, he has done it again by failing to back the Hewitt-Hoon call for a secret ballot on Brown's leadership. Miliband still hopes to become Labour leader but his backbench critics say the latest episode will damage his prospects. The beneficiary might just be his brother Ed, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, who backed Brown more decisively and quickly during yesterday's drama.

[User Picture]From: paulstpancras
2010-01-07 05:02 pm (UTC)

Labour's Portillo


I don't know why Blairites have over promoted this serial ditherer. David Miliband, not Brown, is the quintessential Macaverty.

Ed Miliband has far greater potential as a future leader of the Labour Party.

David Miliband reminds me of Michael Portillo under John Major. The older Miliband may have a Rolls Royce brain but his political instincts and strategic nous are abysmal. He just hasn't got the gumption to lead.

Should the party elect him as leader, in a moment of insane desperation, he would be a William Hague interim loser.

David Miliband has reached as high as he merits. Had he become EU foreign minister, he might have developed leadership skills. Yet he bottled even that. David Miliband just doesn't have what it takes to lead a party, let alone country.

Both Cameron and/or Boris Johnson would wipe the floor with him.