James Forsyth

Why Blears jumped at the worst time for Brown

Why Blears jumped at the worst time for Brown
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The word in Westminster is that Blears made up her mind to resign when Number 10 started trying to blame her for the leaking of Jacqui Smith’s resignation. It can’t be stressed enough that Blears has chosen to go at the worst moment for Brown. She has resigned hours before PMQs giving Cameron time to prepare his barbs and the day before elections that will go a long way to deciding Brown’s fate. By making the story government chaos not expenses, she is putting the story that boosts the Tories and hurts Labour on the front pages for election day.

Now, has anyone seen Caroline Flint, Tessa Jowell and the other members of Women Against Gordon? I wonder if any of them have something planned for Thursday at Ten. 

PS As the joke doing the rounds has it, 'It is completely unacceptable' for a Cabinet minister to resign like this.

 

Written byJames Forsyth

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

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