James Forsyth

Darling calls McBride and Whelan the ‘forces of hell’

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I missed it but Alistair Darling’s interview with Jeff Randal seems to have been quite remarkable. He talked about ‘the forces of hell’ being unleashed against him by No 10 after he talked about how bad the recession would be in August 2008. When pressed on McBride and Whelan’s alleged involvement in the briefing against him, Darling replied:  Frankly, my best answer for them is: I'm still here. One of them is not.”

It is unusual to see Darling taking such a public victory lap, but those close to him say that he was infuriated both by the briefing against him then and by the various efforts made to make Ed Balls Chancellor. It will be well worth watching Darling to see how he reacts if Ed Balls throws his hat into any future Labour leadership contes


Written byJames Forsyth

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

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