This looks like tomorrow's Guardian Editorial. It has written off Labour Leader/Prime Minister Gordon Brown. It won't be the first time the Lib-Dem leaning mouthpiece has under-estimated his or Labour's powers of recovery.
Media frenzy generates its own momentum. Today's resignations and leaks are being written off as signalling chaos. I prefer to think of clearing the decks and saving the best news until last. Yours deluded, but loyal.
It's tough at the top. This is an occasion when the prospect of Gordon Brown and the Labour Party retaining power has to be weighed on the opposite side of the scales to tribalism, ideology and pals.
Reviewing the events of Gordon Brown's premiership, there are his expressions of vision. And there are the realities. Extending and Renewing party democracy announced the day he was named Leader. But up pops the machine and forces through more central control. The Governance of Britain promised constitutional reform. But up popped the naysays to restrain progress. So today with Cameron out on the front foot again, could sleaze finally liberate Gordon? Will that moral compass point in the right direction and courage prevail? Is it the end for MPs that resisted reform of expenses, New Labour mantras
and his 'pals' in government that have disgraced the Labour Party with their wanton
Scanning news headlines the media consensus presumes a reshuffle is on the way after the 4 June elections. I am struggling to find any conceivable reason for Gordon Brown to wait a day longer. He is the Prime Minister. He decides who is in and who is out. Unlike the Labour Party National Executive Committee, he doesn't have to wait for due process to decide who is a fit and proper person to serve in Her Majesty's Government. Or does he?
He has succeeded in driving through reform of MPs expenses, secured cross-party support from a review of previous claims and taken control of the allowances system out of the hands of MPs themselves. The Labour Party NEC has agreed measures to establish a new code of ethics for Labour Party candidates, discipline offenders and ensure working with its local members that its candidates at the next election are fit and proper persons. A major reshuffle/purge ahead of the European Parliamentary elections is needed. Though care will have to be taken to ensure Cabinet ministers with a case to answer are out, and everyone retained and promoted is beyond reproach.
As a member of Labour's NEC, I have received a lot of angry emails and comments on my blogs about apparent anomalies in the treatment of different ministers, as well as between ministers and backbenchers. Some of this upset can be accounted for by shock about what has been going on in Westminster. Some can't, perceptions of scapegoating can't be easily brushed aside.
I would be very interested to hear from anyone who thinks they know of strong evidence of an anomaly, which I could add to a case I have already referred to the powers that be. Once reviewed and explained we need to be open about the reasons why apparently similar cases are being dealt with differently. Otherwise, there is no way in which party members' confidence in the NEC and the Party Leader/PM is going to be restored, let alone that of the electorate in Labour's competence to govern.
As for a 'national plan' aired here. Oh, deary me. I'm very fearful of any plan telling us all what's good for us, without any debate. But, if the national plan was to open debate on fair pay, taxation and
ending poverty, the proper role of the private sector, together with
constitutional reform, that would be a different matter. It might save
the Labour Party.