James Forsyth

The Guardian calls for Brown to go

The Guardian calls for Brown to go
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Following on from its call for its readers to vote Lib Dem at the European election, The Guardian will tomorrow call on Labour to replace Gordon Brown. In an editorial that has clearly been written more in sorrow than in anger, the paper says:

“The truth is that there is no vision from him, no plan, no argument for the future and no support. The public see it. His party sees it. The cabinet must see it too, although they are not yet bold enough to say so. The prime minister demands loyalty, but that has become too much to ask of a party, and a country, that has was never given the chance to vote for him.

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All must agree that the die is cast and a hard judgment made. Otherwise progressive politics will be dragged down at a general election in May 2010 that could lead to a much bigger defeat than Labour suffered in 1979.

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Labour has a year left before an election; its current leader would waste it. It is time to cut him loose.”

The Independent called on the Cabinet to dump Brown in its editorial on Tuesday. The Mirror is now—by my count—the only national newspaper supporting Brown staying in office. 

Written byJames Forsyth

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

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