The Spectator

No second chance for Malloch Brown

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Further to James's post on the dreadful Lord Malloch Brown, my column in today's Sunday Telegraph addresses the predicament facing Gordon Brown. I doubt the PM will be remotely sentimental if the foreign minister drops another Malloch (so to speak). Watch Andrew Marr's interview with David Miliband for a clear signal of the stakes: the Foreign Secretary was charmingly indulgent of his in-house Falstaff, smiling about the whole episode with a commanding menace that, if I were Lord Malloch Brown would have filled me with fear. No second chances.