Friday, May 11, 2007

Blair Endorses Brown...Finally

Tony Blair's endorsement this morning of Gordon Brown was about the least enthusiastic endorsement I have ever heard. Yes, the words were all there, but he was uncharacteristically hesitant and unconvincing. We all know he would have liked a Blairite candidate to stand against Gordon Brown but like Margaret Thatcher, he failed to groom a successor in his own image.

One other thing. Labour's events people really do need to do something about their autocue screens. Their positioning yesterday at Trimdon was awful and at Gordon Brown's launch this morning it is even worse. Sky's cameras can't get a front-on shot of him and all they can see is an autocue screen. The whole point of autocue it to make it look as if you are speaking off the cuff. If the screens are too visible you might as well have a scripted text.

13 comments:

Tony c said...

Is Gordons dreadful presentation just deliberate spin to show a difference with Dave or is he really that bad?!!
How can you screw up the autocues that badly!!

Newmania said...

Has it occurred to you Iain that Blair`s reluctance to endorse the Broon may be because such an endorsement would be electorally damaging.
W F Deedes has often mentioned that the factionalism between Blair and Brown was a screen behind which to conduct a government far to the left of its image. I have never quite decided myself if Blair was thwarted Thatcherite , secret Socialist or as seems more likely , snake oil salesman who didn’t care.


Listening to the Radio to day , for the umpteenth time I heard the Labour Party talking about heir support as a mix of Public Sector Workers , benefits collectors and the low Paid together with the Guardian reading poseurs .Have they actually given up entirely on the wealth creating side of the electorate and is it their stated intention to bleed us dry ? There no longer is even a pretence of talking to aspiration out side Government sinecures and it shows the extent to which the country has become a statist pasture for the bovine. I cannot see how such a Party could win but the sheer number of dependants makes their irreducible core a fixture.

Anthoninus said...

Iain I reckon the reason for the crazily close autocues was due to Gordon Brown's poor eyesight ... then again Gordon isn't that much of a presentation man anyway ... more of a radio man me thinks LOL

GS said...

Bonkers autocue positioning was nothing to do with poor eyesight. Just crap presentation skills. You would have thought he could get through twenty mins without reading the bloody stuff.

doctor spyn said...

On a musical note, type in words 'Gordon is a moron' from a hit by Jilted John on You Tube, and you get a some short video takes on Broon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3rD8fUmbRA

Anonymous said...

newmania, of course it was a screen for far left policies. Blair, Broon, Miliband and the rest of the nulab fat cats are Communists in the very best far left tradition:

The Communist is the one who willing to give you his sixpence and pocket your shilling.

Communism was always just the means for a fat cat elite to bleed working people and SMEs dry, just as Marx sponged off rich SME owner Engels.

Auntie Flo'

it's all make believe anyway said...

Yes ! But he had his fingers crossed so it doesn't count !

Anonymous said...

Marx, who had a servant, by whom he had a child, was a role model for left wing hypocrisy and sleeze too, wasn't he canvas?

Auntie Flo

The Remittance Man said...

uncharacteristically hesitant and unconvincing?

Personally hesitant and unconvincing is how I'd characterise almost every one of Blair's utterances. All those misplaced pauses combined with that sickly, unctuous voice.

If this speech was uncharacteristic it must have been bloody awful, even by TB's standards.

Paul Linford said...

We all know he would have liked a Blairite candidate to stand against Gordon Brown but like Margaret Thatcher, he failed to groom a successor in his own image.

I was once told by someone who would have been in a position to know that Thatcher was trying to groom a successor in her own image, but was calculating on having another 4-5 years before the handover would need to take place.

The two people she apparently had in mind were Michael Portillo and Michael Forsyth. Had she not been dethroned in 1990, these two would have been brought into the Cabinet in a post-election reshuffle in 1991, and one of them groomed to take over around 1994/5.

mitch said...

I thought for once just once the bastard was gonna tell the truth and say gordon is a disaster but he bottled it.Have promises been made about court cases and retirement plans ??.

Newmania said...

I was once told by someone who would have been in a position to know that Thatcher was trying to groom a successor in her own image,


= some bullshitter in the pub. I starting to really enjoy the delusiona of this Linford .

More please

Trumpeter Lanfried said...

We should be seriously concerned. Blair knows more about Gordon Brown than any of us and his deeply-held, well-informed belief is that Brown is wholly unfitted for the job.

He is not a man given to wrestling with his conscience but he had to do just that, on this occasion.