“As he was ambitious I slew him” (Brutus explaining why he killed Caesar) it has the power to inspire great deeds and vile acts; it is good for a scientist to be ambitious about curing cancer but bad for a politician (like Caesar) to seek glory for his own sake; at least that’s what the conspirators claimed and they were led by an ‘honourable’ man; Brutus. This week we have witnessed an act of revenge borne out of thwarted ambition as Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt threw their last desperate hand grenade into Gordon Brown’s lap; then hid among the corridors of Parliament; they ran up their flag and nobody saluted it. These two reached ministerial office under the patronage of Tony Blair; both were known to have a good conceit of themselves and both were ambitious; Brown’s ascent meant their descent and both skulked away to nurse their wrath until they could strike back; not as they have tried to say for the greater good but out of revenge for thwarted ambition; they are not unique, it was ever thus in all parties.
Take Charles Clarke; please! that’s an old joke; nearly as old as the wretched Clarke’s hatred for Brown; he was Home Secretary and saw himself reaching the very top of “the greasy pole” as Disraeli called it; No. 10. The clunking fist did for him as well and he became obsessed with causing Brown as much trouble as he could even to the extent of bringing down the Labour Govt. and handing victory to the Tories; this personal ambition is a serious thing; add it to the pride and malice of a Charles Clarke and you have a potent and toxic threat. Think of the loathing that Powell had for Heath and his former colleagues after they did for him; Heath in turn after Thatcher did for him and don’t forget the malicious presence of two of the most personally ambitious politicians of them all “Margo and Jim” both of whom would have shot their own parents to get to the orphan’s outing; Margo saw herself as Scotland’s first Lady and when she lost out she fled to the back benches as an independent where she sticks needles into Salmond (the spiv’s) effigy; and Jim? Just call him “3 parties Jim” and say no more.
Gorgeous George Galloway is another case in point he was a rising star who saw a dazzling career ahead; he became frustrated at people being promoted before him who were inferior to him as he saw it which means everyone; and he decided to become a big fish in a small pool; he now wants us to be beaten which makes me question his motives from the start, BTW I wish him every success in his GAZA mission. One of the most celebrated cases of comrades dislike for each other provided one of politics greatest ever quotes when someone described Labour’s Herbert Morrisson as “his own worst enemy” Labour Giant Ernie Bevin said “not while I’m alive he’s not” there’s nothing novel about this week.
Gordon Brown is still standing; bloodied but unbowed; a giant in the midst of those around him in the House of Commons; a man of truthfulness and integrity; a man with the courage to stand up for what he believes in and stand up to the orchestrated onslaught which continually surrounds him. He will lead us into the election and when the people see the stark choice between him and the representatives of the upper classes in the Tory cabinet; when Scots. see and appreciate that an SNP vote will only help the Tories we will win; Gordon Brown knows that his enemies are vicious but he also knows who they are and that sustains him as it does me; it will sustain the people when they focus their minds come the election; the questions will be the same; Labour or Tory? Cuts or services? NHS or private health? Education for all or Private schools? Fairness for all or privilege for the few. Yes it all has a familiar ring to it; that’s because it’s worth fighting for and we must never give in.
Anyone who had any doubts about the courage and strength of mind of the Prime Minister following the last couple of months should no longer have any reservations about him also the commitment and moral fibre of the man. Think about what he’s been through in the past year and a half; could you even begin to compare Cameron with him? who do you want making the decisions when the ventilation system starts to get clogged up? It’s a no brainer, it’s “a Gordon for me”