James Forsyth

Labour spent £1.2 million on the election that never was

Labour spent £1.2 million on the election that never was
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Unsurprisingly, expenses stories dominate the Sunday papers. But an interview with Peter Watt, the Labour Secretary General during the Blair-Brown handover who had to resign over the Abrahams affair, caught my eye. Watt's main point is that he was left hanging in the wind by Brown but his comment about the election that never was strikes me as important:

“No matter what anyone says, the election had been called and was then cancelled. We had been working on it for weeks. We spent £1.2m in immediate preparations”

Brown’s bottling of that election and his inability to concede and move on from that proved that Brown couldn’t change, that he couldn’t grow into being Prime Minister.

Watt also reinforcs the frequent criticisms of how Brown does politics: “Publicly, Gordon talks about values and his moral compass, but actually the way he conducts himself behind the scenes is anything but that - it’s brutal”.   

Written byJames Forsyth

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

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