James Forsyth James Forsyth

Quote of the day | 2 May 2009

From Matthew Parris in The Times today:

The Brown saga is less Shakespearean tragedy than Pinter farce. The Ozymandian statue will be inscribed, not “Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!” but “Gordon Brown – what were we thinking of?”.

The whole column is, as always with Matthew, well worth reading. As Matthew says, those who have worked with Brown for years and knew who he was bear a large part of the blame for the disaster that has been the Brown premiership. But it is worth bearing in mind that many of these people bit their tongue because of the Brownite intimidation tactics that Nick Cohen details in this piece.

I was going to write some words about the dire, deservedly dire I should stress, situation that Labour finds itself in. But nothing sums its situation up better than the fact that John Prescott is, as Martin argues, now the most eloquent advocate for a Labour fourth term. No wonder more than half the country now expects a Tory majority after the next election. 

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