On and on and on and on, not Ariston, Bloody Brown the Clown.
Gordon Brown: I will go on and on, well he likes to state the bleeding obvious doesn’t he, this comes from yesterdays Times:
GORDON BROWN is making secret plans to stay on as Labour leader after the general election even if his party is defeated.
The prime minister has told close colleagues that he will refuse to quit unless the Conservatives win a significant majority.
“Gordon has said he believes his enemies in the party are too divided among themselves to force him out,” said a senior Labour source.
“He thinks that if the May election is indecisive and if there is any prospect of a second election, Labour should not be plunged immediately into a messy leadership contest.”
* Labour closes gap on Tories, polls show
* Study shows hung parliament most likely result
The prime minister’s audacious strategy will infuriate Blairite backbenchers and some cabinet ministers who blame Labour’s ailing fortunes on his leadership and believe the party needs a fresh start.
With many of Brown’s fiercest critics standing down at the election and others likely to lose their seats, he is optimistic that his plan can succeed.
Friends of Brown believe he will want to remain in post if David Cameron’s majority is 20 seats or less.
A hung parliament or a narrow victory for the Tories could result in Cameron calling a second general election within a short period to secure a better result.
Brown has told colleagues he believes it makes little sense for the Labour party to have a change of leadership if the political landscape is so uncertain.
The prime minister’s strategy is revealed amid mounting speculation about a hung parliament, with two polls this weekend showing a sharp narrowing of the Conservative lead.
Brown’s Labour critics fear his decision to remain in post is part of a strategy to pave the way for his ally Ed Balls, the schools secretary, to succeed him as party leader.
Allies of David Miliband, the foreign secretary and Balls’s main leadership rival, fear Brown will use his continued control of the Labour party machinery to boost the schools secretary’s chances of succeeding him.
The prime minister is also understood to be privately opposed to Harriet Harman, his deputy, becoming a “caretaker” leader during any contest, as Margaret Beckett did in 1994 after the death of John Smith.
Brown’s strategy will invite comparison to Edward Heath, the Conservative leader, who continued in post for a full year after his defeat by the Labour leader Harold Wilson in February 1974.
In recent weeks Balls has been assiduously courting Labour MPs, trade unionists and grassroots supporters, with a gruelling schedule of visits and appearances at party events. The schools secretary is also said to have secured the support of the most powerful trade union, Unite.
Balls remains a deeply divisive figure among MPs, however, and without help from Brown might struggle to defeat rival candidates such as Harman and Miliband.
He and his supporters, however, calculate that in the event of a heavy defeat, most Labour MPs that remain will be from the left wing of the party, his natural audience.
Under Labour party rules, an election defeat would trigger a ballot for the shadow cabinet.Unlike that of the Conservatives, Labour’s opposition team is decided by a secret vote of the party’s MPs. The party leader then awards the senior jobs to those who come top, while those who scrape in are given junior portfolios.
Allies of Miliband fear Brown will attempt to ensure Balls does well in the ballot, giving him the right to be appointed to the most coveted position, shadow chancellor.
Before Labour came to power in 1997, party whips habitually manipulated the annual shadow cabinet ballots to ensure the success of the leadership’s chosen candidates. Prizes such as seats on select committees and desirably located Commons offices were used in effect to buy MPs’ votes. The prime minister’s critics fear that, after an election defeat, Nick Brown, the chief whip, would use similar tactics to help Balls.
One senior Blairite MP said: “If Balls is made shadow chancellor, he has a unique opportunity to win over the Labour party by demolishing the Tories’ planned cuts programme. It would wipe the stain of his association with the party’s defeat in the general election. David [Miliband] would probably have a lesser job with little opportunity to shine.”
In public, senior cabinet members insist they are focusing on the general election, but, behind the scenes, Balls, Miliband and Harman have all been wooing potential backers for a future leadership campaign.
Miliband has recruited the political fixer Joe Carberry, the 26-year-old godson of Lord Mandelson, to help build links with the grass roots. Last week some MPs received an invitation to a glitzy fundraising event for Blairite parliamentary candidates at which Miliband will be the guest speaker.
Harman, meanwhile, has been accused of using her position as party chairman to ensure female supporters are selected for winnable seats.
Brown’s tenacity is similar to the doggedness shown by Heath after his narrow defeat in February 1974. The Tory leader held on after a second election defeat in October 1974, when Wilson finally secured an overall majority. Heath clung on until he was finally ousted by Margaret Thatcher in February 1975.
Brown’s confidence has grown since the failure of the coup launched by Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt, the former ministers. The refusal of cabinet members to join the attempted putsch has encouraged Brown’s allies to believe he could survive a campaign to remove him as Labour leader after the election.
Some Labour strategists also believe that if the Tories were to win enough seats to form a government, support for them could rapidly collapse once the impact of their plans to cut spending became apparent, giving Brown the chance of an extraordinary comeback
Well if he thinks that is true he may be more deluded than he is, the only reason they are so high in the polls is that people are scared of change.
Time will tell if he is right on this little delusion, the people of England are fed up with being downtrodden by Gordon the Clown and his Cabinet of Chimps.
If people were to vote him back in, the old saying, “You Reap What You Sow” springs to mind, we need him out and the sooner the better.
Cameron the moron , might not be what we want in a leader, but the country needs a new start, let Cameron the Tory Machine have a go, then bolster support behind a smaller party ready for when he calls for another election, the more seats taken by the smaller parties, of your choice, the louder the bigger parties will hear our voices.
Now is the time to stand up and be counted, I for one hope the population of England come out in force for this election and place your vote in a way to get the One Eyed Tyrant out of office and out of our lives for good.