James Forsyth

Three essential columns

Three essential columns
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While we wait for the local election results, I’d thoroughly recommend reading this morning's columns by Mary Ann Sieghart, Iain Martin and Martin Bright. The three of them, brilliantly distil what has gone wrong for Gordon Brown.

Sieghart, reminding us of what we have been missing since she’s stopped writing regularly for The Times’s op-ed page, articulates why the Labour whips office is going to have such trouble enforcing party discipline if things gets worse for Gordon. Iain Martin explains why Stephen Carter’s organisational fixes can’t solve the Prime Minister’s problems which are essentially politically. While Martin Brights points to the tipping point question: So what would be so awful about the Tories getting back into power?

Tonight’s results will go a long way towards showing us if we have passed this tipping point. If we have, then Labour is in dire straits for the reasons that Sieghart and Iain point to.

Written byJames Forsyth

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

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