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Neu Arbeit..........smoke und mirrors

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Taken from the Telegraph today

Brown may be sacked in Blair reshuffle
By Toby Helm, Rachel Sylvester and Brendan Carlin
(Filed: 08/01/2005)

Tony Blair is preparing to conduct the biggest Cabinet reshuffle of his premiership if he wins the next election in order to stamp his authority on a third Labour term.

Government insiders predicted yesterday that unless his relations with Gordon Brown improve rapidly he may risk sacking the Chancellor to govern as he wishes.


Gordon Brown: rift
Senior Labour backbenchers are so worried by the rift between the Prime Minister and the Chancellor that they are considering appealing directly to them next week to declare a ceasefire.

One MP said last night that he was weighing up whether to raise the matter at Monday's meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

The MP, who asked not to be named, said it could then be referred to Labour's parliamentary committee - the link between MPs and the Government.

This is attended by Mr Blair, John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister, and Hilary Armstrong, the Chief Whip.

"There are a range of options for conveying the message direct to the two of them which are being considered," he said.

Mr Blair now believes a post-election clear-out of his Cabinet would be the best way to restore full authority and counter the impression that he was playing out time before stepping down.

One of his senior advisers said the time to act would be in the glow of an election win. "You are never as strong as just after an election."

Last autumn Mr Blair announced that he intended to serve for a full third term then give up the premiership. Many MPs and commentators predicted he would become a "lame duck" as rivals for his job set out their stalls.

But the Prime Minister now seems determined to drive home a "Blairite" agenda of public service reform as well as trying to win a European constitution referendum.

One source said last night that removing Mr Brown may have to be considered, despite the huge risks.

Chief among them is that Mr Brown might lead a campaign from the back benches to topple Mr Blair and obstruct his efforts to win a referendum.

"I am not sure Tony has it in mind to get rid of Gordon at the moment," said the source. "But that may change.

"There are certain patterns of behaviour that have come to light in the last week that may mean that in the end he has no option."

On Thursday, after 24 hours of feuding between the Brown and Blair camps, Mr Blair said the Chancellor was "superb" at his job but pointedly refused to give any assurance that he would stay in post after the election.

Eric Illsley, Labour MP for Barnsley Central described the rows as "bloody childish".

He said: "The whips come to us and ask `what do you think about Blair-Brown?'

"If they cannot get their own relationship right, they cannot expect the rest of the party to sit on their hands and not get upset.

"If the parliamentary committee takes it up, I would support them."

Ministers believe Mr Blair will want new blood in the Cabinet after the election. Alistair Darling, the Transport Secretary, would be favourite to succeed Mr Brown if he were ousted.

So BLiars finally getting it all sorted at home then eh?.................Bollox, a feeble attempt and trying to portray a strong leader finally fed up with his own 5th column. If Bliar had been a strong leader he'd have sacked Brown some time ago.
 
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Seeings how, come the next election, we will have Labour as the next Junta, I would prefer to have Brown as the 'Il Duce' than this current Chav. Hobsons choice. Feck 'better the devil you know'. At least in the current one party dictatorship, Brown has at least a bit of self personality and is actually less smarmy. One hopes if he is the man, he will politley tell the USA to wind their necks in and advise Europe that they only exist due to a 'a bit of a do' 60 years ago.
 
#3
If labour win a third term, OK I'll be truthful, when they win, I am looking to settle abroad, anywhere away from this bunch of charlatans, liers and t'ossers :x
 

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