Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Another of Gordon's 'Pathological flaws' is Revealed
Brown has decided to sign it but has baulked at joining in the ceremony; instead he will sign it in private! Apparently Merkel and Barosso are in 'despair' at his dithering. One diplomat quoted reckoned he had copped the worst of both worlds:
"To anti-Europeans he's simply run away and accepted the signing of the treaty, to pro-Europeans he has simply refused to stand his ground and fight, and for the rest he has opted out.His reputation in Europe among heads of government is hanging by a thread. He has no position in Europe, he occupies no ground. If he wants to send a Euro-signal that he's indecisive, he's just sent it."
William Hague was offered an open goal:
The shadow foreign secretary, said last night: "Some people say Gordon Brown's problems are that he isn't decisive and he lacks political courage. He couldn't have done more to confirm that than this ridiculous fudge. He's dithered over it for a week and now he decided that he'll sign this treaty but he doesn't have the guts to do it in public."
Number 10's spokesman avowed that Brown was 'incredulous' that this decision was dominating the talk at Lisbon, which if true, is perhaps, even more worrying.
Party issues aside Brown always struck me as a cerebral and serious politician. He genuinely detested (rather than just affected to detest) anything to do with managing the media or consdering how things play in the press etc. I can easily imagine him coming down on any adviser or colleague who raised issues like that and it's commendable to think that his sole focus is 'doing' rather than 'promoting'.
Unfortunately that's not the political world we live in - he's at best 30 year behind the curve and I do have some sympathy with that. If he keeps making these almost schoolboy errors he'll lose power regardless of much of the good stuff he's done or intends to do...
After all the angst the Blair/Bush years caused you Skip perhaps you find it, as I do, a tad depressing that our new PM clearly loves all things American a whole lot more than he does anything "continental"! He even prefers to holiday across the pond. But at least he’s starting to get the hang of PMQs...
Agree with all this. I do hope he's getting the hang of PMQs. Last week he seemed to manage a 'draw' according to the commentariat and today I missed it as I was -reluctantly- doing my present shopping.
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