The constant touting of Balls must be particularly infuriating to Darling given Balls’s role in drawing up the tripartite regulatory system that has failed so badly and his general role in the economic policy errors of the last decade. I suspect that if Brown does replace Darling with Balls, Darling’s patience might finally snap and we might be treated to a resignation speech to rival Howe’s in it political impact.
In her column today, Jackie Ashley asks why Brown is letting his henchmen savage two of his friends, Darling and Harriet Harman. She, and all the more dammingly given her support for Brown, comes up with a condemnation of Brown’s whole approach to politics:
One wonders what a liberated Darling would say about Brown’s approach to politics and his record as Chancellor.“
“The root problem seems to be that Brown sees politics as being about defining your enemies, then defining yourself against them, and then attacking. It's constant positioning.”