Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Labour government must "sharpen'' its political program and way of communicating to revive its popularity with British voters, Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling said. We have got to make sure that in other areas we sharpen ourselves up, that we have a clear message of what we are about," Darling said in an interview today in Chongqing, China. Darling is the most senior member of the Brown's ruling Labour Party to call for a change in tactics since opinion polls showed the administration's support slipping behind the Conservative opposition. Labour lawmakers including former Home Secretary David Blunkett and Greg Pope have questioned Brown's decision to raise taxes on the poorest wage earners. With house prices falling and mortgage lenders choking off loans to consumers, Conservatives are making inroads in undermining Brown's record on the economy.
"All governments and parties go through difficult patches," Darling said. "This is a time when we should remember why we stand for government, the purpose of being in government."
Quite an incredible thing to say, for the government's second most senior minister. Without realising it he has given the game away. They only want to be in power for power's sake, wiuthout the faintest idea of what to do with it.
Shadow Chancellor, George Osborne has been quick to stick the knife in...
“This is an unprecedented attack on the Prime Minister by his most senior cabinet colleague, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Even Gordon Brown never criticised Tony Blair in public. What started as anonymous briefings from backbenchers has now burst into the open with a public attack on Gordon Brown from the second most important person in the government. If the government is fighting itself, how can it fight for Britain?”