Friday, September 28, 2007

Is the 'vast right-wing conspiracy' back?

What an hilarious over-reaction there has been by the Labour Party to the research by Danny Finkelstein at the Times about the Bob Shrum similarities in Gordon Brown's speech. Initially they just rubbished it, and then Andy Burnham decided it was actually part of an 'insidious smear' campaign by the Times which has apparently become an arm of the Tory Party.

The last point stems from The Fink's previous job as scriptwriter for William Hague, which apparently invalidates his analysis. You have to love the way supposedly intelligent people roll out these weak play the man and not the ball arguments don't you? It's a bit like me saying that if the Fink criticises Cameron it's nonsense because he used to be in the SDP. As Blair once said in Opposition. 'Weak, weak, weak'.

The fact is Brown's speech was littered with lifted phrases from past clients of Shrum. It's a mild embarassment, that is all. Reacting like a cornered animal and lashing out a paper that has been largely supportive of you for ten years saying it's involved in some sort of anti-Brown conspiracy tells us far more about the personal insecurities of Brown than the amusing, but largely meaningless plageurism ever could.

10 comments:

Letters From A Tory said...

Obviously Gordon doesn't want anything to de-rail his election train. He needs to keep his nose clean if he wants to call an autumn election.

GS said...

What a joy to see Andy Burnham turning out to be a bit of a prat.

Ed said...

Attacking every minor point and slinging mud at every opponent is, unfortunately, how parties win elections.

Labour are playing the game. The Tories are not. When is the "most successful election winning machine" going to move into first gear? The week before the election?

Newmania said...

Never went away Dizzy , you should see the comments on Kens favourite site Compass...( I have been making friends and influencing people there intermittently ) The evil boardrooms linked into a worldwide attempt to defraud the worker is not unusual or the " Protocols of Tie -On " as I call it.

I was wondering if you had noticed that Brown is not being asked to cost all his freebies and has not been nailed on taxes at all. Where is the promise not to increase them ?

anthonynorth said...

In my experience, those who claim conspiracy are usually in one.

tapestry said...

I've tried to capture the essence of Gordon Brown's psyche in an ambitious post this morning.

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I also see potential weakness in Gordon's power play.

judith said...

As always, Labour can dish it out but can't take it.

Paul Linford said...

The idea of The Times as an arm of the Tory Party is completely risible. Its political team was purged of Tories after the 1997 election and its one-time deputy political editor Tom Baldwin was the primary conduit for Campbell-inspired disinformation and spin throughout most of the Blair era. Read Peter Oborne's new book "The Triumph of the Political Class" for more on this.

Charlotte Gore said...

I think Brown wants this shut down more because it conflicts with his invented persona as an intellectual titan with huge brass testicles - a truly masterful politician that's been preparing for running the country for 10 years and is keen to get on with his meticulously prepared programme. Surely he shouldn't need help with his speeches, surely?

The reality is he's been plotting to take over his party for 10 years and his thoughts have been about how to crush the opposition once he's there. Policy? Who cares about policy.. all he wants to do is show how strong he is by squashing his party. An off-the-shelf ready made package of tried and tested platitudes designed to score well with Thatcher-loving swing voters is all he needed. Why bother coming up with anything original or innovative or that provokes a "cor blimey that's a good idea" kind of reaction.

It's not exactly the behaviour of someone who isn't a sneaky spin-weasel, is it?

45govt said...

I do get tired of people looking for some sort of intelligence lurking in the Broon persona. Gay Gordo is a perverted little control freak who never had an original thought in his life, with the possible exception of his thesis in uni on how to blag a free living on the state.
His ONLY policy programme is "stay in power at all costs". Those costs will not be borne by him.