Gordon Brown has apparently been enduring the company of Thatcher. He chose to do this too, invite the former PM round for tea again – perhaps because he’s wanting to check the details of her taxpayer-funded state funeral, perhaps he’s senile… I’m sure the SNP will relish the chance to again advertise this budding relationship at the up-coming Glenrothes by-election, where the head teacher of Brown’s old school is standing for Labour.
As for talk of a leadership challenge to Brown, the leader of the Socialist Campaign Group has it right:
Entering the latest row on Saturday evening Labour MP John McDonnell – who has long been urging a leadership election – described current Labour infighting as “like watching the crew having a punch up on the deck of the Titanic”.
The MP for Hayes and Harlington said: “Most Labour Party members are looking on aghast as the Blairites and Brownites fight an irrelevant turf war.
“Without a single policy difference between them they are willing to destroy a Labour government. I challenge both of them to publish a policy programme to put before our members for support and let’s test the views of our supporters on the way forward for Labour.”