Sunday, November 12, 2006

Big Gordo puts a bit of stick about....

In the dying days of the Bliar administration, Gordo has made a pitch to take charge of the fight against terrorism when (if)he becomes PM. In an interview with The Sunday Times, Gordo said that only a Labour government led by him could be trusted to protect the country, claiming the Conservatives do not understand “the scale of the threat we face”. Gordo said it was for a PM to "take the lead" and for the rest of the ministerial team to "play their part". The point here being that Brown is engaged in an offensive to wrap himself in the flag - to proclaim that, as Prime Minister, he will take no chances with national security. At the same time, Brown has dismissed Tory calls for a dedicated cabinet security minister. The Home Office is clearly not fit for purpose. Neither is Broon’s approach to national security. Centralising anti-terror policy to Downing St hardly seems the right approach. As David Cameron has argued, rather than spending £20 billion on the identity card scheme, it would make sense to plough the cash into setting up a dedicated border police force, replace the Human Rights Act with a proper Bill of Rights that will not hamstring the police and security services, legislate for the possibility of making telephone intercept evidence available to the courts, and confronting fundamentalists at home as well as abroad. The problem is it won’t be long until Blair/Brown adopt Cameron’s approach, legislate and label them another Labour vote winner.

Talking of national security, our gallic friends seem to be experiencing a spot of trouble with their intelligence services. According to Le Parisien newspaper, £18m from a secret emergency war chest controlled by a handful of French intelligence agents agents has vanished. Some of it may have been spent on what one spymaster called “dancing girls”.

For all his “pyschological flaws”, I doubt if MI5 will be spending cash on “dancing girls” when Gordo takes over at No10. Although I am sure much investment will be wasted. After all, Gordo has "form" in wasting public expenditure. When Gordo takes charge, austerity will be the order of the day- theatres and cinemas will close, dancing will be forbidden...enjoyment for enjoyments sake will be highly disapproved of. But will Gordo really be our Lord Protector in the fight against the terrorist threat? Or is this latest intervention designed to put potential leadership rival, John Reid, on notice that Broon will cede no area of policy-making on the road to the premiership. A shot across any potential rivals's bows as it were. Gordo wants no competition- He has seen off Alan Johnson and the others. He now demands nothing less than a coronation- the office of PM by right.


Ellee said...

It seems like Gordon is trying to assert his position here as the next Labour leader. Alan Johnson is now out of the running and is putting himself up for Deputy Leadership.

I expect the timing of this interview on Remembrance Sunday is meant to endear the public towards him.

Croydonian said...

Broon always puts me in mind of this quip from Macauley:

"The puritan hated bear baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators".

Meanwhile, Reid, McDonnell, anyone, please get a 'Stop Brown' campaign rolling. Ghastly though the prospect of the nuclear winter of a Broon premiership would be, it would be still worse if he were crowned.

CityUnslicker said...

This is good stuff. I don't see how Broon will not be King.

His inadequate chants of the Tories aren't hard enough impress Murdoch but no one else.