The latest instalment in the “Gordon’s the Prime Minister, get him out of There” soap opera has continued in recent days.
Several Labour Members of Parliament, including former ministers, have openly demanded that the party hold a proper leadership contest, so that they and fellow members will be able to vote for their choice of candidate. There was also some (media-generated) talk (yet again) of a plot of a number of MPs to organise a coup to oust PM Gordon Brown.
All this is full of bullshit!
The reality is that there will neither not be a party leadership contest, nor will there be an ‘internal’ coup. The reasons are obvious. On the leadership contest, any potential candidate, according to the party’s rules, have to gain the support of a number of MPs in the parlimentary party…. no alternative candidate to Brown has even come forward, neither for the fact that only a handful of MPs have stuck their necks out to call for the contest. Even if there was a search (!) for an alternative candidate, there wouldn’t be that much difference between them and Brown in terms of policy… they would accept the destruction of public services; continue to pursue a punitive tax regime which hurts the poorest; start more illegal wars abroad which would lead to more terrorist attacks at home, and so on.
Some MPs who’ve publically called for a contest have already been sacked by Brown and seen as ‘traitors’. But the entire Labour party are to blame for the current toxic crisis in British politics for not having the guts to standing up to him in the first place.