The necessity of the Brownian downfall

“27 June 2007, the day when the skies darkened and the country went to the dogs! (…) Tony Blair’s far better than anyone else in politics today.”

My friend John Rentoul hit the mark in today’s Independent. There is no one quite like Tony Blair. He’s in a class of his own, not a mere politician but a phenomenon. Winning the party three executive terms, after 18 disastrous years in opposition, made him Labour’s most successful leader ever.

In return, he was ousted by a ruthless coup, initiated by the Brownian henchmen in 2006. Even worse, they have tried ever since to trash his record. “We’ve got our party back. New Labour is dead. Iraq was a mistake. Blair is history.”

Given those well known animosities, the Telegraph’s revelations came as no surprise to me. Everyone who either worked with him or knows someone who did is aware that Ed Balls is a lying, sanctimonious, self-righteous, back-stabbing, treacherous, nasty, bullying man and belongs to the lowest form of life you come across in politics. Gordon Brown isn’t much better, to say the least.

Having said that, the real significance of the leaked letters is threefold:

a) Balls and all others involved in the “Volvo plot”, including dear leader Ed Miliband, can now no longer deny it has taken place without looking even more dishonest, pathetic and pitiful than they already do. The British people are no fools and shouldn’t be treated as such.

b) The letters expose the level of contempt the Brownites had for Tony Blair and the brutality and ignorance with which they enforced their interests. The blood of the innocent victims of the July 7/7 bombings was barely wiped off the streets of London, when they resumed the plotting against the Prime Minister.

c) It forces the Labour Party to deal with the demons of the past, a process which is urgently necessary. Luke Bozier is right: We all want to move on, but there “are open wounds for many of us” which cannot be ignored but have to be addressed.

Admittedly, I am not a natural Labour supporter. I never was. Blind tribalism intrigues me and it’s no secret that my loyalties towards Tony Blair are much stronger than to the party. However, neither am I a Tory and believe, if led by the right people, Labour is the best choice for Britain.

But in order to regain my trust and support, the party has to come clean. All the time, we are urged to let the past rest. Blair, Campbell, Mandelson, Reid, Purnell and other famous Blairites have moved on.

The Brownites however are still lurking around, spilling their poison, lowering the standards of the political culture and making the current Labour leadership as intellectually exclusive as ever. The leader, deputy leader, shadow chancellor, shadow home secretary and shadow foreign secretary are all close allies of Brown. If Labour is serious about a new start, re-balancing power is inevitable.

Ed Balls in particular should have the decency to resign and subordinate his own interests for the broader good of Labour. If only for once.

At the moment, the future looks very grim. The son of Brown will never win an election for Labour and neither (God forbid!) will Ed Balls ever become Prime Minister. They will be remembered as just two of many disastrous, ill-advised, inappropriate and on top of all insignificant Labour figures.

In contrast, history will judge Tony Blair kindly. He will be remembered as one of the greatest post-war Prime Ministers who fundamentally changed British society. He belongs to the world now. It’s Britain’s loss and others’ gain.

Originally published at Julie’s Think Tank.
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