James Forsyth

How bad will this week be for Labour?

How bad will this week be for Labour?
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Last week events drew forth plenty of “worst week ever” headlines in the Sunday papers. But there is reason to think that this week could be even worse for Gordon Brown. First, there’s the situation in Scotland where Wendy Alexander’s position looks increasingly untenable. Second, there is the fact that David Abrahams has no intention of going quietly—articles in the Guardian on Saturday and the Independent on Sunday are hardly suggestive of a man trying to keep his head down. While his comments about who knew about how he was funding the party have been phenomenally damaging. Third, the question of who in the Labour party knew about how Abrahams was funnelling money to the party has yet to be answered satisfactorily. To round things off, it looks as if the legal aspect of all this could drag on into 2009 and the run up to a general election. The political landscape is now radically worse for Labour than at any previous point in Brown’s premiership.  

Written byJames Forsyth

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

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