James Forsyth

Even Maguire thinks Brown should have apologised earlier and directly to those smeared

Even Maguire thinks Brown should have apologised earlier and directly to those smeared
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From Kevin Maguire’s blog:

“I can't help thinking that if the Prime Minister was going to issue an apology, he should have done so in the "regret" letters to David Cameron et al a few days ago instead of during a visit in Scotland. Either the PM's reinforced the Government's problems, created a double-whammy, or it's a good day to bury bad news”

The right thing for Brown to do, both politically and morally, was to apologise straight away to those who had been smeared. The fact that Brown didn’t—or wouldn’t—realise this shows his flaws as a politician. Indeed, I think his apology today was still too limited to enable the government to move on.

P.S. From what I’m hearing, there are still a few more shoes to drop.

Written byJames Forsyth

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

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