Darling nukes Brown on Sky

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Alistair Darling: Gordon Brown 'unleashed forces of hell on me'

Alistair Darling has accused Gordon Brown's aides of "unleashing the forces of hell" against him for accurately predicting the recession.

In an frank interview, the Chancellor said that people working for Mr Brown tried to damage him because he told the truth about the economy.

His remarks follow reports in a new book by Andrew Rawnsley that Mr Brown’s aides tried to undermine Mr Darling after the Chancellor forecast the worse economic downturn for 60 years.

In a Sky News interview, Mr Darling confirmed that No 10 worked against him. Mr Darling made his 60-year prediction in an interview in Scotland in the summer of 2008. Afterwards, No 10 aides briefed journalists that he had harmed the economy and should be sacked.

“Nobody likes the sort of briefing that goes on,” Mr Darling said, “the forces of hell were unleashed”.

According to the to book, allies of Mr Brown including Charlie Whelan, a senior union official, and Damian McBride, then his political spokesman, then began a systematic campaign to undermine Mr Darling over the “60 years” interview, raising the prospect that he would be sacked.

Asked if he believed Mr McBride and Mr Whelan had briefed against him, Mr Darling said: “Of course you have people saying things.”

In a reference to Mr McBride’s resignation last year, the Chancellor added: “My best answer for them was: I’m still here and at least one of them is not.”

During the summer of 2009, Mr Brown planned to remove Mr Darling from the Treasury and replace him with Ed Balls, a long-standing ally.

The plan to oust the Chancellor brought a new confrontation between the two men.

As The Daily Telegraph reported at the time, Mr Darling told Mr Brown at a private meeting that he would resign rather than accept another job. Mr Brown then backed down, leaving Mr Darling in his job.
Sweet revenge or a noble act of public service?
 
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In a reference to Mr McBride’s resignation last year, the Chancellor added: “My best answer for them was: I’m still here and at least one of them is not.”
Sounds like petty playground BS to me. Typical of Labour. Frightening that they run the country.
 
#3
You could not make this up.Todays PMQs are must see TV
 
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Maybe DD, you can't blame him for being bitter though. It could be a warning to Brown to back off if Darling plans to tell it like it is in the budget and therefore reassure the markets. Gordo won't like Darling telling the truth again because it will prove Brown's every utterance on the economy has been a pack of lies.
 

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Strait_Jacket said:
Maybe DD, you can't blame him for being bitter though. It could be a warning to Brown to back off if Darling plans to tell it like it is in the budget and therefore reassure the markets. Gordo won't like Darling telling the truth again because it will prove Brown's every utterance on the economy has been a pack of lies.
"Brown's every utterance has been a pack of lies"

Fixed it for you.

It must have been a horrifying moment for Darling when he opened the books and realised that the former incumbent was such a total tool but was now his boss.

I supposes he could have resigned but its not very new Labour to throw yourself off the gravy train.
 
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Darling is in danger of joining a very small club - decent Labour MPs.

My 'best' scenario is he, Darling, delivers a vicious swingeing budget - which we need - packed with references to and details of his predecessor's stupidity.

Then, to resounding cheers and waving order papers, he apologises for his failure to stand-up to Brown previously, and he crosses the floor!

He is followed immediately across the floor of the House by: Kate Hoey, Frank Field, John McFall and Bob Marshall-Andrews.

'Bully' goes berserk and is led away to Rampton, where he is joined by Prescott and one or two other rabid dogs including Mr. Martin the sacked Speaker!
 
#7
PMQ's…

Brown was practically sitting in Darlings lap like he was his best butt buddy.
 

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