James Forsyth

Are things about to get worse for Brown?

Are things about to get worse for Brown?
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Today is a bad day for Labour in the spin wars. The papers have settled for a generally mocking tone about the G20 and Gordon Brown’s effort to save the world. Note how The Times in its pre-summit write up points out how 'the ExCeL’s next big event is the British Pest Control Association conference.' (Personally, I’m more amused by the summit goody-bag containing a tea-towel). While The Times have got George Soros talking about whether or not Britain will need to be bailed out by the IMF, a discussion that is hardly likely to prompt confidence in the Prime Minister’s economic judgment.

Worryingly for Brown, the press also seems ready to embark on another set of speculation about a leadership challenge to Brown this side of the election. Martin Kettle cautiously floated the possibility yesterday and Peter Oborne does so today in his Mail column (which also contains a fascinating revelation about the Bank of England pension fund).

It is easy to see how if the G20 summit is perceived to have been a dud this chatter could take off. I still think it is highly unlikely that Brown will go before the next election. But speculation would weaken his position still further. 

 

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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