What are we to make of today’s rather hysterical press clamour about the so called revelations in a new book by a guy who used to be Andrew Rawnsley. What is there in the stories which would make us believe them, if you were going to believe that the Prime Minister of Great Britain Gordon Brown is a bully and a foul mouthed lout what evidence would you need to convince you of the veracity of the allegations. Who or what would convince you that he shoved a typist from her chair because she wasn’t typing fast enough and took over, are you prepared to accept that this man who is partially blind and needs type to be extra large to read it thinks he can type faster than a professional typist? Rawnsley says so; no one else can be found to back him up, is this enough for you? He (The P.M.) leapt across the room and grabbed an aide by the lapels and bellowed in his face “they are out to get me” this one comes from Rawnsley as well no one else wants to put their name to it apparently, and so on and so on.
Are you prepared to take the word of the ‘on his way down’ journalist Andrew Rawnsley when he can only offer sources such as ‘an aide’ ‘an insider’ ‘a civil servant’ ‘an adviser’ not one Joe or Jenny Bloggs among them! Brown’s opponents saw a chink of light when a bullying hotline project abandoned their proud policy of confidentiality by saying they had taken calls from No. 10 ‘I wonder why’ well, it turns out that the Project’s main patron is Ann Widdicome and the project has links to the Tories, one of its main members has already resigned, a certain Gary Cooper, he’s high tailed it out of there saying he is appalled by their behaviour. Widdicome would be a good advisor on bullying, as Home Secretary she insisted on women prisoners giving birth while chained to their beds, she is also a model Christian what more could you want?
Rawnsley has of course hit on the perfect shake down; he no longer enjoys much respect and is no longer taken seriously but; as the Observer’s chief political reporter he knows he can write a lurid ridiculous book and have it serialised in his own paper, clever eh? Meanwhile Labour in the last poll were 6 points behind the Tories who are reeling, I think that this manufactured attack on Brown will have the same effect as the fake outrage over the PM’s letter to the dead soldier’s mother which the right wing press and the Conservatives so viciously tried to exploit, that rebounded on them and so will this. If it is proved that Gordon Brown punched his desk and dashed his cabinet papers to the floor because of difficult news coming in from the bank failures or the war in Iraq etc. I would say good, that is how I would react and so would most others, it’s because he cares passionately about what he is trying to achieve for his country. The more we see of him the more we realize that he is opposed by political nonentities who enjoy success because of their backgrounds rather than talent. It’s been a bad day for Rawnsley, the once respected Observer and British politics and I warn you there will be more to come as the Tories and their rich privileged friends find it harder to survive the scrutiny which in fact is only just starting.