Fraser Nelson

A government of automatons

A government of automatons
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It gets worse for Labour members. As if yesterday's survival of Brown were not enough, as if tomorrow's Euro results will not make them suicidal, Guido has today exposed the lines that the automaton ministers are told to take about it all (see here) and the effect seems to be to hollow out the soul of the party.

The tragedy is that Brown finds people to actually say this tripe. There has, so far, been a striking absence of free-speaking Labour MPs (Siobhan McDonagh and a few others excepted) but seeing this script drives home the situation Where once there was a living, breathing party there is now a few hundred MPs who seem to be there just to collect the salary. They can't even take control of their own leadership. I have no love for the Labour Party but I do want them to be a fierce Opposition. At the moment, it may not even be that.

UPDATE: This was, as so much in the world of blogging, a Paul Waugh scoop originally. Guido hat-tipped him, and I humbly do so too.

Written byFraser Nelson

Fraser Nelson is the editor of The Spectator. He is also a columnist with The Daily Telegraph, a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice and the Centre for Policy Studies.

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