James Forsyth

What is Gordon up to?

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This morning the general view was that Wendy Alexander was staying in post because Gordon Brown feared the consequences of her quitting. Yet when Brown was offered the chance to defend his embattled counterpart, the best he could come up with was this:

“"Wendy Alexander is of course subject to an Electoral Commission inquiry," the Prime Minister pointed out, "and it's not really right for me to say anything about the individual instances of that..."

As Boulton and Co. note even Harriet Harman got more emphatic support than that. It seems perverse that having turned Alexander’s survival into a test of his own strength, Brown can’t summon up the courage to give her his full-throated backing.

Written byJames Forsyth

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

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