But will the party still love him in the morning?

Today was Gordon Brown’s day; and the common media consensus appears to be that he did enough to ward off the immediate threat to his leadership from Labour rebels.

All of which took me back a year to the high praise which greeted Ming Campbell’s speech to the 2007 Lib Dem conference – here at LDV, in an uncharacteristic display of brazen loyalism, we collated some of the most positive quotes from the top pundits. All were agreed that Ming was a cert to stay as leader. Within a few weeks he had decided to resign for the good of the party (and his own dignity).

Today changed nothing for Labour, nor for Gordon Brown. The party, with him at its helm, is doomed to a crushing defeat. Unfortunately for Labour, though, it’s hard to imagine Gordon ‘doing a Ming’, and departing the stage quietly. The next few weeks are going to be messy.

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  • johninpenarth 23rd Sep '08 - 11:57pm

    It reminded me much more of IDS than of Ming, particularly the ludicrously staged bursts of ‘applause’ and the (self) attestments to character.

    I had thought that he’d stay on to lead them into defeat, but having seen the body language of some of the cabinet on tv tonight I’m much less sure.

  • Didn’t IDS also resign/get pushed after a similar ‘loyal’ conference backing?

  • Damn beaten to it lol

  • passing tory 24th Sep '08 - 11:19am


    I wouldn’t say Ming was a particularly effective leader, but I don’t think that this was down to his age. His old-fashionedness, maybe, but that is slightly different to age. For instance, Max Mosley is older than Ming but is maybe slightly less … er … restrained (expect in the bondage sense of the word :-).

    Ming was also somewhat unfortunate to be caught up in a squeeze as the Tories recovered their poise.

    I think that tragedy of the Ming situation was not that he was booted out, but that he was knifed for the wrong reasons which meant that no other older candidates felt capable of putting themselves up in the following leadership contest. A bad case of mis-diagnosis.

  • David from Ealing 24th Sep '08 - 11:20am

    Interesting that Polly Toynbee was saying only a week ago that Brown must go, but it now visibly changing her mind.

  • passing tory 24th Sep '08 - 1:09pm

    Don’t worry, Julian. It is just nice to agree on something 🙂

    As far as Brown is concerned, they will love him just as much this morning as they did last night. Which is not saying much. It was rather sad watching Hoon trying to persuade Newsnight how bright the horizon was. I don’t think that any of them (well, maybe Balls) really believes that any more.

    Just ran a straw poll over lunch, and not one person managed to listen through the whole of GB’s bit on Today this morning. There was a bit of a disagreement whether the urge to throw the radio across the room was stronger than the urge to merely turn the thing off for 10 mins, though.

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