Ken Purchase MP for Wolverhampton North East who is stepping down at the next election (i.e. free(r) to speak his mind) has given an interview to e-politix describing the "awful hole" in which Gordon Brown currently finds himself (even if GB himself is opposed to admitting to his predicament). Ken is particularly concerned about GB's relationship with the Party, like me and my colleagues in Save the Labour Party.
It has been brought about largely by events over which he has had little control but what I am anxious about is that he doesn't try to do a Blair and aggravate the party.
Blair seemed to think that by aggravating Labour and taking it off into directions that, even he must have known, the party did not want, that somehow you impress upon the general public just how in charge of the party you are and how like Mrs Thatcher you are. Mrs Thatcher is an ancient memory for most people, certainly for anyone under 40.
That's only one piece of the jigsaw we are trying to put together. Another, namely the Labour Party's £20 mln debts, featured in today's Daily Mail in a pick up from Channel 4 last night which revisited GB's efforts to reschedule. That's a move I understand to be vital to ensuring the Labour Party is a going concern from an accountancy point of view, and possibly to secure the services of the new General-Secretary elect.
That leads on the lunacy in the proposed draft White Paper on party funding about which I blogged about earlier.
Would a PLP/TU/CLP jointly agreed position help GB out of his hole?