Wednesday, May 14, 2008

So-Called Compass: Lawson Spinning Directionless


Neal Lawson's mission of self-aggrandisement and weasel words (no offence Neal) have now reached a new low. Having backed Brown to the hilt he now says that (Brown as leader) was so obviously not the way to go.

Brown has made but two mistakes. The election that wasn't. Never a good idea or a necessary one in my view. And the 10p Tax gaffe which would probably have got him a roasting when he took over - but for the prospect of an early mandate-seeking election.

The tax error has now been not only fixed but also bundled with another £120 hand out to the suffering £18-£40,000 brigade. Not so long after the other up to £440 hand out provided as an upside corrollary to the 10p Tax Gaffe.


It is Lawson that should be slinking off in shame. He and his chums backed Brown, failed to provide an alternative themselves, failed to back the alternatives offered by the left to ensure a contest, and yet are now saying all this state we accidentally find ourselves in was inevitable. Pathetic.

The electorate have probably over-reacted to the two mistakes. Or sent a protest message. But when Cameron starts positioning himself as Change with Continuity the electorate may realise that they have that already with Gordon.

Some kind of think tank / ginger group that is! Compass my arse. Just an ever changing, directionless, personality cult (no offence Neal).

IMAGE: Originally appeared at the now semi-somnulent "the-spine".

3 comments:

Miller 2.0 said...

"It is Lawson that should be slinking off in shame. He and his chums backed Brown, failed to provide an alternative themselves, failed to back the alternatives offered by the left to ensure a contest, and yet are now saying all this state we accidentally find ourselves in was inevitable. Pathetic."

I'm not sure there was anyone Compass aligned who would have got the nominations. We would have looked as silly as the McDonnellites. Was a better idea to go for deputy instead, at least we were in with a crack there.

Just for the record, I didn't agree with backing Brown, and I don't agree with getting rid of him now.

Dan Ashton said...

Very easy to mock people from an armchair, Tom.

Chris Paul said...

Tom: I think ultimately Lawson's crew should have either backed McDonnell - to ensure a contest - or found a middle ground candidate to back.

I didn't want Brown though he was the almost inevitable winner once Blairistas backed down.

But calls for him to go now are not the answer. Two mistakes: Abortive Election and 10 Pence Tax. Both feeding the media machine that wants some action. And change for change's sake. It is the programme not the leader. Tory attacks are disgraceful, childish, and working.

This thing will pass. But I don't think Lawson's played a blinder now, or specifically with this, now do you?