Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Difference Between Blair & Brown: No 94

An email just received, which makes a very pertinent point...
What is striking about the process of the resignation of Hain in comparison with the way Blair/Campbell (Alistair that is) handled this is that the whole of the lunch time bulletins are full of Hain’s resignation and in a few minutes his speech outside his former Dept. Blair would have had the replacement announced before the bulletins could start running, thereby sending the message ‘right problem over let’s move on’.
It is not as if Brown hasn’t had time to think about this.

13 comments:

curly15 said...

Finkelstein is suggesting a comeback for Charles Clarke!

Newmania said...

Ha ha Iain a little slow off the mark but your blood is up now Tally Ho Harooo hoooo, the buggers have gone to ground

Grrrrrrr

Trumpeter Lanfried said...

As I have said before, for a man who has got to the top Brown is remarkably lacking in political skills.

Any minute now I expect some Labour sock puppet to say that 'funding is a problem for ALL political parties'.

Anonymous said...

"Brown is remarkably lacking in political skills".

Perhaps he's not spinning quite as much as Blair/Campbell?

I find it extraordinary that Brown's announcement of an end to spin culture is derided, but as soon as there is evidence that the Campbell dark arts of media manipulation are no longer being practised, Brown is somehow characterised as inept in his press handling.

Ed said...

Iain, Brown hasn't had time to ponder Hain's replacement because he is too busy making videos for YouTube and going on Blue Peter.

Anonymous said...

Your emailer is right, you know Iain.

I'd even go so far as to say that under Blair the whole Government would've ridden it out, and convinced the police of how thoroughly they should investigate the matter, whilst constantly briefing that there was no point in the investigation and it would be biased anyway.

Hypothetically, of course.

sniper said...

One wonders why Blair was afraid of the incompetent ditherer for so long.

Harry Basset said...

If Bliar tickled my hound's ears they would wag their tails, If Brown tried touching them they would throw up.

John M Ward said...

Ed said: "Iain, Brown hasn't had time to ponder Hain's replacement because he is too busy making videos for YouTube and going on Blue Peter."

That was yesterday. Today he's gone from Blue Peter to having to deal with "Red" Peter...

Penfold said...

Brown is shown to be a wish-washy vacillator, a bottler, in dealing with Hain; he should have been a touch more robust.
Is it a sign of Campbell's abscence? lack of decent advice to a man who knows all? or more sinisterly has Hain got something on Gordo the Ineffectual? shared use of the Tango bottle perchance?.

killemallletgodsortemout said...

All credit to Guido on Tango-Man's demise.

Now for the other shite-hawks!!

Trumpeter Lanfried said...

anonymous [1.45 PM] I think you miss my point. Brown's 'end to spin culture' is derided because the man is spinning like a top, every time he opens his mouth. He just doesn't do it very well.

Anyway, having your replacement lined up in readiness for a possible resignation isn't spin, it's foresight.

Nick said...

More than enough spinning and news management going on. They've carefully picked the moment for Hain to take one for the team, on the same day as a climbdown by Darling on CGT and Smith's announcement on 42 day internment. MPs voted on their pay rise today as well, which could have been embarrassing if the vote went the other way. One could describe it as "a good day to bury bad news".