The Independent has the headline HARMAN ACCUSED OF PLOTTING TO SUCCEED BROWN. Nigel Morris writes...
One minister said last night: “She is trying to appeal to the party, rather than the country” and added that she should be “reined in”... In a reference to Mr Brown’s discreet support for her in the deputy leadership contest, he added: “She should remember how she got her job and who voted for her.” The accusations were strongly denied last night by a spokeswoman for Ms Harman, who insisted that her loyalty to the Prime Minister was not in doubt, saying: “She is a very loyal deputy. She always has been and she always will be.”... But one frontbench colleague said: “Harriet is being pumped up by a small clique of admirers. She isn’t exactly discouraging it and it’s not helpful.”... The consensus at Westminster is that she has little chance of victory, with one party source insisting yesterday: “The idea that she would ever be elected leader is laughable.” ... She was similarly written off in the deputy leadership election 18 months ago, but narrowly saw off Alan Johnson to win the post in the fourth round of counting.
Meanwhile, David Hencke writes in The Guardian...
It may be perfectly innocent, of course. As deputy party leader she almost has a duty of care to make sure Labour is as inclusive as possible and that women are given a prominent role. But don't forget that this is the woman who took on Alan Johnson, Jon Cruddas and Peter Hain for the deputy leadership and won.
And the Daily Mail ramps it up by comparing her to Sarah Palin.
One senior Labour figure claimed she was out of control and 'sucking up' to trades unions and party members. Another said Miss Harman, who is the party's deputy leader, was playing to the gallery on issues such as a third runway at Heathrow, bank bonuses and class war. One senior Labour insider said: 'There is a pattern of behaviour developing with Harriet that is entirely about what happens after a Labour defeat. You can see it in much of what she is doing at the moment. It is all about sucking up to the Labour party and the unions.' The source accused Miss Harman of hijacking an announcement on social mobility by Cabinet Office minister Liam Byrne.
The source added: 'There is a sense that she is out of control and no one can stop her. She thinks she can do what she likes because she has a mandate from the party.'
An finally, in the Daily Telegraph, Harriet is accused of muscling in on the G20...
A senior Labour source said: "She clearly believes her time has come. She is spreading herself around at the moment and doing some dumb things. One of those is attempting to muscle in on the G20.
"She knows what she's doing. It is brazen."
Hasn't Ed Balls been a busy bee?