I have just watched Gordon brown's interview with Nick Robinson this evening. I am left wondering a few things. Firstly, how long is it going to take before everyone starts to get really pissed off with the phrase "long term decisions"? Has anyone noticed that it is rolled out constantly? This couldn't be because Brown and his handlers are depsrate to destroy a belief that in the end he is a short term Machiavellian tactictian?
Secondly, Nick Robinson really should have pushed harder on the incosnistencies in his recent interviews. I watched one of them last week and Brown was adamentm, and also hotly denied that there were losers from the 10p tax rate abolition. In his interview tonight he has decided that there are, but the concessions he has made are not, according to him a change in position.
He has also thrown the gauntlet down over the 42 day detention without trial issue. Having caved in once and blinked first in a showdown with his backbenches he's now pushed himself into a deeper corner where if he does sound tough his authority will weaken even more. The Labour rebels on 42 days must be rubbing their hands with glee knowing that they can push him around so easily even he hotly denies that he's been pushed.