Monday, February 18, 2008

 

Darling the Pawn whom Brown cannot Sacrifice Just Yet

I think probably Peter Preston is right(by the way, am I the only person to find his written style really irritating?)in suggesting that Darling's actions are dictated by Gordon. And we used to say Blair was a control freak! Preston reviews the conduct of the Northern Rock crisis and points out that the charge of 'dithering' aimed at Darling is probably the result of Brown's restraining hand on his arm.

Brown has a record of freezing a little under pressure and putting off what needs to be done or just avoiding it in a bit of a funk; critics cite 1992 when he avoided standing for the leadership; or two years later when he bottled out of fighting Tony Blair or indeed, in October last year when he pulled back from that snap election. So procrastinating over the Rock was in character, as was meekly obeying his master's voice for Darling. Seldom can a senior minister have been so outrageously dull as this man: handsome(though with funny eyebrows), clever, and apparently articulate, he fails to raise the slightest frisson in anyone over anything.

I wouldn't be too surprised either if Gordon was responsible for forcing those two damaging U turns by his Chancellor over Capital Gains Tax and the taxing of non doms. Each time Darling looked feeble, apologetic and a bit pathetic for a senior Cabinet member. Maybe Gordon took the wind on both issues, judged its direction and tugged on the strings he has attached to his neighbour and fellow Scot so that he could take the flak. Preston suggests Darling is being set up as the long term fall guy- if the economy goes pear-shaped before 2009, he can sack Alistair who'll take the blame and then appoint Ed Balls- the man with the lowest blink rate in politics- as our putative saviour. So he's alright for now as sacking right now him would really sink Brown's ship. I just hope the nationalisation of the Rock won't turn today into a future 'Black Sunday' or 'Black Monday' for Labour.

Comments:
I think the 'funny eye brows' comment is somewhat crass. It's this kind of personalisation of politics that goes some way to explaining the current malaise of democracy. You should be ashamed of yourself. I'd shag him, though.
 
I suspect, anon, that you are the same person who wanted to 'shag' Amy Winehouse, in which case it is you who should be ashamed of your own indiscriminate priapism.
 
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