Of the 3 people in the following article 2 no longer require my party loyalty, something which I have always adhered to, I wish others could have shown the same discipline over the years but; the Labour movement is massive and so is the party so you just have to get on with things and hope others will do the same. Now that Tony Blair has joined Mandelson and published his book I don’t feel restrained in any way about giving my opinions of them I am after all only doing what they have done; with a smaller readership of course but it feels cathartic.
Gordon Brown is doing something right now which consolidates his position as superior to Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson and their supporters, he is doing nothing. To be more precise he is not publishing a book which will damage the Labour Party and he is not doing interviews which are designed to traduce his former colleagues he is; as always; putting the party and the greater Labour movement first. His reasons for entering politics hold as true today as they ever did. Quite simply he is demonstrating that not only is he a far superior Labour politician and a much truer socialist than his betrayers but he is far more of a man than those two and ten more like them could ever be.
Blair; despite his profile and his electoral success has always lived in Brown’s shadow; not to the chattering classes and the media perhaps but to the members of the Labour Party. They were happy to enjoy success under Blair and appreciated him for that but no matter what success he brought while leader he could never emulate the lifelong love affair that Brown enjoyed and still does with the party members, to them he is ‘the man’ and he will dwarf Blair and Mandelson if they live to be a hundred. Their bestselling books and ingratiating TV appearances will forever be stained by the knowledge that they spent their time in the limelight playing second fiddle in the affections of their party to the brooding; honest gut socialist who was their intellectual as well as their moral better, we the members know that and so do they.
Brown is in good company if you consider what he has been subjected to by the media and some people whom he couldn’t turn his back to. He is still standing and I hope/think he has still got a major contribution to make to the Labour Party and Labour Movement. He is the latest in a long line of left wing standard bearers whom the right wing media has tried to destroy; Scargill and McGahey, Ken Livingstone, Tony Benn etc. etc. real socialists who could not be beaten or intimidated by corporate interests and the bought and paid for media who are shameless.
Consider this incident when you compare Blair to Brown; on election British PM’s quickly visit Washington a place much loved by Blair who was completely smitten by it and by the idiot Bush. It was “Tony this and George that and Tony kiss my ass” and Blair like a young impressionable kid meeting his/her favourite rock star. On Brown’s first visit Bush said at a press conference “welcome to America Gordon” and Brown replied casually without emotion or nerves “thank you Mr. President” Did Bush perhaps think “WTF is this; who is this guy; he doesn’t seem impressed by me or the states” or perhaps George being George didn’t feel the knife going in.
Honest true historians will be kind to Brown they will write about the political giant that he was and is.