First he bumped Boris at the Cathedral, now it seems that our Prime Minster is trying to bump David Cameron too. I have just read a very interesting ARTICLE by Matthew d’Ancona in The Sunday Telegraph. He has a great scoop about the guest list for the dinner at No 10 to celebrate the unveiling of Mrs T’s portrait.
“Later this month, Gordon Brown is hosting a dinner to mark the unveiling of a new portrait of Margaret Thatcher. Naturally, No 10 asked the Iron Lady for the names of guests she wanted to attend. No less naturally, it was suggested by her office that the present Conservative leader should be invited. But when Downing Street heard that David Cameron was on the list, there was, I gather, a preposterous attempt to strike him off.”
This is outrageous! This is yet another example of the PM acting like he’s 7 not 57, it is unbecoming of someone of such high office to be so petty and childish, no wonder the country is in such a mess. Did he seriously think he could exclude the current Conservative party leader from the unveiling of a portrait of our greatest PM since Churchill? And on what possible grounds? This really is pathetic. Indeed, judging by the qualifications coming out of Downing Street they realise just how small this makes the Prime Minister look. Downing Street is trying to distance itself from the story but the Conservatives are backing it up.
Like Nero Brown seems to be fiddling whilst Rome burns, fiddling with guest lists that is, and much more besides. For in another amazingly petty act it seems that Brown tried to limit the length of a briefing given by MI5 to the Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary, Owen Paterson. Again this is just pathetic, childish and indefensible. Browns shear petulance and his love of micromanagement is designed as a show of force at the power he wields, but all it achieves is precisely the opposite. D’Ancona puts it well when he says “As authority drains from Brown, he is reduced to tiny acts of churlishness unworthy of the office he holds.”
Brown is just loosing it. As power slips away from him faster that Labour’s poll ratings he is desperately trying to claw some of it back, to show everyone who’s the boss. The parliamentary Labour party is back to where it was in the summer, but it’s too late to mount a challenge now, and they realise it. No one wants to bee seen standing by the PMs actions, mere association is pure poison to their ambitions of mounting a future challenge for the leadership. So once again brown is left holding the tiller alone in the storm, as the ship of state is buffeted by the waves that are by now crashing over the deck. He barks out orders, makes little changes in direction now and again, but its all in vein, the rest of the crew are holed up below decks awaiting the outcome, awaiting the inevitable grounding on the rocks come the next election.
In the past Brown was a master in avoiding any blame when things went wrong, which is why the Blairites used to describe him as Macavity, disappearing for what were sometimes weeks on end. This course of action is no longer possible now that he is Prime Minister, he can’t just abandon ship when things go wrong so he resorts to being the Snitch-in-Chief, blaming anyone or anything rather than himself. I always knew this would happen but I severely underestimated Browns capacity for childish pettiness, at least Brown is a world class leader in that regard.