Blair target of Old Labour coup

#1
Tony Blair is the victim of a left wing plot to oust him as prime minister, Home Secretary John Reid has said.
About 50 Labour MPs are thought to have signed a letter calling for Mr Blair to name a departure date to end "debilitating" leadership speculation.
But Mr Reid said their real agenda was to topple Mr Blair and turn the clock back on his reforms.
It comes as Chancellor Gordon Brown calls for an "orderly" handover of power when Mr Blair steps down.
Mr Reid, who took over as home secretary from Charles Clarke in Friday's sweeping Cabinet reshuffle, backed Mr Brown's call for party unity but said he would "go further".
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4981532.stm

is Gordon that eager to become Tsar, sry leader, that he is working a fifth column in the Labour ranks? hmm, interesting times ahead.
 
#2
DrStealth said:
Tony Blair is the victim of a left wing plot to oust him as prime minister, Home Secretary John Reid has said.
About 50 Labour MPs are thought to have signed a letter calling for Mr Blair to name a departure date to end "debilitating" leadership speculation.
But Mr Reid said their real agenda was to topple Mr Blair and turn the clock back on his reforms.
It comes as Chancellor Gordon Brown calls for an "orderly" handover of power when Mr Blair steps down.
Mr Reid, who took over as home secretary from Charles Clarke in Friday's sweeping Cabinet reshuffle, backed Mr Brown's call for party unity but said he would "go further".
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4981532.stm

is Gordon that eager to become Tsar, sry leader, that he is working a fifth column in the Labour ranks? hmm, interesting times ahead.
Why am I not surprised that Reid is involved considering his background?

I hope 'further' doesn't involve any secretaries. Enough is enough.
 
#4
Bring back Michael Foot :D
 
#5
Ex_ex said:
Bring back Michael Foot D
Bring back Michael's foot
He'd kick some arrse.
 
#6
Will there be a proper leadership race, or is this going to be a coronation?

Blair isn't going anywhere soon , the weasel Byers has just been on the news describing the left-wing's actions in strongly disapproving terms.

Whatever Steven , maybe you can wait till the next bit of bad news , and bury it in there hey?
 
#8
Fine; can't wait for an 'Old Labour' coup...

The sooner that happens, the sooner they'll be out of office! :lol:
 
#9
Old Labour no longer exists. This story is pure political spin and its aim is diversionary. The media need to fully exploit the sleaze angle and not allow those who are up to their necks in it to throw them off the scent. There will hopefully be more to follow if Blair's head is going to roll
 
#10
frenchperson said:
Old Labour no longer exists. This story is pure political spin and its aim is diversionary. The media need to fully exploit the sleaze angle and not allow those who are up to their necks in it to throw them off the scent. There will hopefully be more to follow if Blair's head is going to roll
Old Labour never went away. There have been a lot of backbenchers who have stuck to Old labour principles except the media have been calling them 'Labour rebels'
 
#11
Tony Blair has refused to give a timetable for his departure as prime minister, saying it would "paralyse the proper working of government".
He insisted he would give "the time properly needed for my successor to establish himself".
He said some of those calling for him to go wanted to "radically change the direction of policy and not to renew Labour but to reverse it".
He refused to say if he had discussed the succession with Gordon Brown.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4983484.stm

tonys been taking tips from mugabe,

that gordon eh? no stopping him now i think, hes going to be the next oligarch and he knows it!
 

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#12
I know you'll love this....

According to the Observer's Gaby Hinsliff, the Labour party in analysing their local council shambles wanted to examine why people were apparentely angry with Tony Blair.

Even without Tony Blair in the room, it was a sensitive topic for his closest advisers to broach. But facing a drubbing in the polls serious enough to affect his long-term future, his strategists apparently believed it was time to address the awkward question of why the electorate is angry with the Prime Minister.
The conclusion reached by the planning group, which included Matthew Taylor, his senior policy adviser, and political secretary Ruth Turner, however appears to have been a surprise. 'They basically said people were angry with Tony because they love him so much, and are angry because they think he might go,' reports one aide, who goes on to describe the analysis as 'verging on the deranged'.

Emperor's new clothes anyone ?


Small wonder the Roman emperors employed a slave to walk behind the Triumphal chariot whispering:

<< Remember Caesar...Thou Art Mortal.....>>


To paraphrase another Parliamentarian

<< Gentlemen, you have sat here long enough....in the Name of God, GO ! >>


Lee Shaver
 
#13
There I was, sat at my desk dreaming away and this appeared on my screen;



"oh Tony you C1nt...JUST FECK OFF !!!!!
NOBODY IS INTERESTED IN YOU OR YOUR PARTY ANY MORE......"



Just out of interest has anybody come across this strange phenomenon ?
 

Goatman

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#14
From the Observer piece:
Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk/focus/story/0,,1769455,00.html

The revelation of Prescott's extra-marital fumblings first brought comparisons with the last years of John Major. But now the more accurate historical parallel appears to be with the last, messianic year of Margaret Thatcher, when internal critics were dispatched with eye-watering speed.

For while Major was finished off by the voters, Blair can be forced out only in the way Thatcher was: knifed by colleagues convinced that refusal to listen made her a liability. Blair has rolled his dice, and is keeping a poker face. The question to be answered over the coming days is whether any of his colleagues - and most crucially the Chancellor - has the nerve to call his bluff.
 
#15
Cant someone declare a "vote of no confidence" in the whole of labour and then we can put someone good in the hot seat?

my dog could do better.

they are over using soldiers
The 2iC shagged his secretary and now has had his powers stripped but gets to keep his job title
the ex home Sec let 1000+ foriegners out of nick instead of the country
the health minister is binning NHS nurses by the bucket full - when Neuer Arbiet promised more health workers in election 1
mean while the PM and the chancellor are having a c0ck fight/p1ssing competition

who suffers?

Tax payers.

GB was a git as chancellor - how bad will be be as PM? - i didnt vote for him.

Rincewind
 
#16
Hidden away in all the headlines about the left's disloyalty is this little gem:

BBC News

The number of most serious offenders not considered for deportation on release from jail was at least 150, the new Home Secretary John Reid has said.
Mr Reid was speaking during a visit in Portsmouth to the team tracing 1,023 foreign former prisoners.

The new estimate shows the number who had been jailed for serious crimes was higher than a previous figure of 90.

Mr Reid said the final figure could end up being "several hundred" if armed robbers are included in the category.
 
#17
PartTimePongo said:
Will there be a proper leadership race, or is this going to be a coronation?
Tony Benn was on the TV yesterday. I don't know the full details, but he intimated that there has to be an election as the MP's only account for 30% (ish) of the electoral college. The affiliated unions and the membership also have a say, taking up the balance.
 
#18
Personally I would prefer it if Blair was the target of and old fashioned coup rather than an "Old Labour" one.


Oh and the slave who whispered at the Triumphs said "Remember thou art mortal" to a returning General.

The term Caesar was only coined after ole Julius ran Rome and became various terms still in use today such as czar. Maybe in the future "Blair" will be a similar term.
 

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#19
back in the (shudder) angry 80's,when constutuency Labour parties thither and yon were falling to Hard Left Militant Tendency types, there was a lot of talk about the Manifesto for a British Revolution.....

The theory was that the Labour Party would get itself elected with a figurehead who appealed to Middle England...who would then be unceremeoniously dumped in an internal putsch and the Hard Left's favoured candidate installed with the help of the union block vote on the the NEC......


Funny how the world turns innit...... 8)
 
#20
The most stomach-churning aspect of the whole thing is watching Blair's former brown-nosers doing somersaults, transforming themselves into Brown supporters. Dress it up how you like, but it's pure political opportunism, and bugger all to do with an Old Labour revival - it's way too late for anything approaching Socialism, sadly. Thatcher and Blair have put paid to that. Greed will be 'renewed' and invigorated under Brown and you can bet on it. This treacherous trickle will become a torrent as our brave representatives jostle for a favourable position before the watchful eye of the illustrious incoming leader. Blunkett was fawning this morning on the Today programme - so pass the sickbag - there's a lot more to come. Blair knows the knives will be out and he won't name a day because the plotters will effectively be handed a timetable for action. A framework to carefully plan the next stage of their atrocious self-seeking careers.
 

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