The Mail on Sunday reports that the infamous Wednesday meeting was a source of tension between Mandelson and Brown.“
“when a senior minister seeks even greater power through being at the heart of a smear campaign, it is time to cut him down – particularly if he is not yet competent to perform the job to which he so desperately aspires. This, in essence, is the case against Ed Balls, the schools secretary”
Unless someone who attended this meeting is prepared to speak out, we will never know what was actually said at them—no civil servant was in attendance so no minutes were taken. But Balls’ role in chairing the meeting is already doing huge harm to his chances of leading the Labour party. Labour making a clean break with a party management style that relies on fear and negative briefings cannot happen with the Wednesday meeting gang in charge.