“The show is over”. That’s what someone (a seasoned political watcher) told me yesterday while we were talking about the recent by-election and the prospect of Brown remaining leader.
I can’t help but agree; it’s time for the party to plan for a post Brown Labour party and possible huge losses at the next election; time for them to finally face up to the reality of their situation.
Discussions are underway at cabinet level on whether to seek an orderly resignation by Gordon Brown as prime minister, in the wake of the disastrous Labour defeat at the hands of a resurgent SNP in the Glasgow East byelection.
Talks between cabinet ministers took place on the phone yesterday to coordinate a response to the defeat, with renewed pressure being placed on the chief whip, Geoff Hoon, and the justice secretary, Jack Straw, to urge Brown to stand aside. One source said: “The onus is now on Brown to prove that he should stay.”
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