A member of Mr Brown's "Government of all the talents" announced yesterday that he was quitting the "big tent". Tory MP Patrick Mercer, appointed by the Premier as an adviser on security in one of the shock "defections" of the summer, said he had finished work for Home Office Minister Lord West a month ahead of schedule. But it will be seen as a snub to the Premier - after Mr Mercer was critical of his decision to "spin" the withdrawal of 1,000 troops from Iraq. He accused Mr Brown of "double counting" in his announcement that 1,000 troops would be coming home from Iraq before Christmas.So, Patrick lasted 33 days before he saw the light. I wonder if like me, you think there is perhaps more to this than meets the eye. No one ever said anything at the time of his appointment that it was effectively a short term contract, did they? Surely if you are advising the government on national security it is a long term project - not one which takes 33 days. I think we deserve to be told.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Mercer Quits Brown's Big Tent After 33 Days
Remember Brian Clough's reign at Leeds United back in the 1970s. It lasted 44 days before the Leeds Board realised they had made an awful mistake. Tucked away in Ben Brogan's long article on election timing in the Mail this morning was this little nugget.