Labour's Master Election Planners Turn Their Backs On Ranting Brown
Gordon Brown’s bid to cling on to power has been dealt another savage blow after it emerged that the Labour Party’s leading campaigners are boycotting his Election team.
Three senior Labour figures,all of whom played key roles in Tony Blair’s string of victories, have rejected personal pleas by No10 to help Mr Brown defeat David Cameron.
Labour chiefs say they are being forced to ‘scrape the barrel’ when it comes to putting together their campaign team because Mr Brown has made so many enemies in the party and has little chance of winning.
Mr Brown’s former aide and speechwriter Spencer Livermore has refused to return to a full-time job at Downing Street. He left No10 weeks after the Prime Minister reduced him to tears during an explosive tantrum over the on-off election fiasco in autumn 2007, and friends say he is not willing to go back because he still feels ‘scarred’ over the incident.
Veteran Labour loyalist David Hill, who succeeded Alastair Campbell as Tony Blair’s Director of Communications and now works for PR company Good Relations, has also indicated that he will not join Mr Brown’s election campaign team.
Fellow spin-doctor David-John Collins, a former speechwriter for Tony Blair, and now head of corporate communications for the internet giant Google, has also turned down a similar approach, citing ‘family reasons’.
Both men had been expected to take time off work to help the party.
Mr Brown’s allies say Business Secretary Lord Mandelson, who is in charge of election planning, is running out of suitable replacements.
‘No one wants to work for Gordon either because they think defeat is a foregone conclusion, they have no faith in him or theyjust don’t like his ranting,’ said one source. ‘We are having to scrape the barrel.’
The boycott by battle-hardened Labour campaigners lends weight to claims that Mr Brown’s mood swings are an increasing concern in Labour’s inner circle.
‘If Gordon wants people to die in a ditch for him, he should treat them with more consideration,’ said a Labour insider. ‘Loyalty begets loyalty.’
But the Prime Minister’s supporters rejected claims that he is impossible to work with.‘Gordon is a very intense person and gets cross when things go wrong because he cares so much,’ said one. ‘It is cobblers to say he is manic or a depressive.
How my heart bleeds for this nasty piece of shit and it would appear that the plotters are once againcircling in
the background just waiting for him to make a bad speech at the Labour conference and for David Cameron to outshine him at the Conservative conference, which would seem to be a foregone conclusion. Labour insiders say that high ranking party members have been trying to persuade Alan Johnson to stop dithering over his leadership ambitions as he is seen as a credible replacement for Brown, (God help us), and this will be their last chance to oust him before the election. If it is anything like their last two attempts it will be, to quote an oldie but goodie, "like being savaged by a dead sheep". You can read more about itHERE.