Monday, December 26, 2005

Brown makes overture to Blairites

Gordon Brown must feel that his position as Crown Prince of the Labour party is weakening. His "friends" are making a transparent attempt to keep Blairite ministers like Charles Clarke and John Reid on side for his accession:

There would also be senior roles for Patricia Hewitt, the Health Secretary, Alan Johnson, the Industry Secretary, John Hutton, the Work and Pensions Secretary, and David Miliband, the Communities Minister. All are seen as committed modernisers but Mr Brown is known to accept that to win for the fourth time for Labour in 2009-10 he must convince the British people that his party’s reforms of the public services are continuing.

David Cameron's strategy to portray himself as the "heir to Blair" and Brown as an old-school socialist who is blocking attempts at reform are obviously paying dividends...

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