The Great Brownite Re-write of History

22 Apr

Andrew Rawnsley in today’s Observer: –

In the 13 years since he was denied the leadership by Tony Blair, the Chancellor has set out to make his succession seem so preordained that no one would dare challenge it. He has pulled off that remarkable feat as David Miliband joins everyone else who has surrendered to the inevitability of Gordon Brown.

Brown wasn’t going to win. Blair was the only winner – at the time everyone knew it, but Blair was cautious and made the unnecessary Granita Pact with Brown to ensure a big win. Brown was never in a position to challenge Blair, and Blair was politically naive, and, had he shown more guile, he could have romped to victory and avoided having a feuding Machiavelli next door.

So Brown was never “denied the leadership by Tony Blair.” Brown has gained far more from the Granita Pact than Blair ever did. A Brown Premiership may well be inevitable, but that doesn’t mean it’s right.

A coronation would ensure there is no forth-term Labour government.

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10 Responses to “The Great Brownite Re-write of History”

  1. jacoblurch@gmail.com April 22, 2007 at 8:28 pm #

    Ach the leadership contest seems like ancient history now. Brown would not have won.Oh I have done my obsessions post. Sorry for teh delay

  2. jacoblurch@gmail.com April 22, 2007 at 8:28 pm #

    Ach the leadership contest seems like ancient history now. Brown would not have won.Oh I have done my obsessions post. Sorry for teh delay

  3. aaronsheath@gmail.com April 22, 2007 at 9:20 pm #

    Hi jams,I’ve been off-reservation this weekend. Spending some QT with the brood. Will catch up with your blog soon.

  4. aaronsheath@gmail.com April 22, 2007 at 9:20 pm #

    Hi jams,I’ve been off-reservation this weekend. Spending some QT with the brood. Will catch up with your blog soon.

  5. spyder-360@hotmail.com April 23, 2007 at 6:03 pm #

    The “Milibandwagon” never took off, for some bizarre reason though people are saying he lacked the reason, what experience did Blair have? Or Brown for that matter in 1997? The Granita pact was niave of Blair, but I feel he did need to do something to ensure the support of the unions, the shocking thing is, how much arrogance Brown has shown to them in public. Blair is a lot more tactful in his public dealings, yet Brown sees no problem in letting his temper flare. The pensions deal last year where Brown said he would not feel bound by the agreement was such an example.Miliband is a far more intelligent man, and is without doubt a far better man to deal with the on-coming Tory onslaught. Unlike Cameron, Miliband wrote an election-winning manifesto. Also, the amount of bad press that has come from former cabinet ministers about Brown and the pensions fiasco is another example of the mud that the Tories can throw. Cameron, like Blair in 1997 does not have the same mud, the press will overlook his 1992 Black Wednesday involvement moreso than Labour.Brown is dommed, and as a result so too are Labour.

  6. spyder-360@hotmail.com April 23, 2007 at 6:03 pm #

    The “Milibandwagon” never took off, for some bizarre reason though people are saying he lacked the reason, what experience did Blair have? Or Brown for that matter in 1997? The Granita pact was niave of Blair, but I feel he did need to do something to ensure the support of the unions, the shocking thing is, how much arrogance Brown has shown to them in public. Blair is a lot more tactful in his public dealings, yet Brown sees no problem in letting his temper flare. The pensions deal last year where Brown said he would not feel bound by the agreement was such an example.Miliband is a far more intelligent man, and is without doubt a far better man to deal with the on-coming Tory onslaught. Unlike Cameron, Miliband wrote an election-winning manifesto. Also, the amount of bad press that has come from former cabinet ministers about Brown and the pensions fiasco is another example of the mud that the Tories can throw. Cameron, like Blair in 1997 does not have the same mud, the press will overlook his 1992 Black Wednesday involvement moreso than Labour.Brown is dommed, and as a result so too are Labour.

  7. aaronsheath@gmail.com April 24, 2007 at 8:22 am #

    spyder – I think Miliband is a future leader. For all the Cameroonian pretensions, Miliband is a political thinker. Will the public go for style over substance? Style probably…

  8. aaronsheath@gmail.com April 24, 2007 at 8:22 am #

    spyder – I think Miliband is a future leader. For all the Cameroonian pretensions, Miliband is a political thinker. Will the public go for style over substance? Style probably…

  9. spyder-360@hotmail.com April 24, 2007 at 4:25 pm #

    I don’t doubt Miliband is a future leader, however, I do believe he should be the next leader, ie replace Blair.The fact that no serious contest is goin to happen is delightful to the Tories, because they can easily demand Brown call an early election, afterall, how can two men, who were unelected at the time, make a deal over the premiership of a country?The real question is, where will Brown put someone like Miliband in the cabinet? Health? Afterall, the treasury is surely going to Alistair Darling.

  10. spyder-360@hotmail.com April 24, 2007 at 4:25 pm #

    I don’t doubt Miliband is a future leader, however, I do believe he should be the next leader, ie replace Blair.The fact that no serious contest is goin to happen is delightful to the Tories, because they can easily demand Brown call an early election, afterall, how can two men, who were unelected at the time, make a deal over the premiership of a country?The real question is, where will Brown put someone like Miliband in the cabinet? Health? Afterall, the treasury is surely going to Alistair Darling.

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