After joy at the news of Jacqui Smith resigning as Home Secretary, yesterday saw Communities Minister Hazel Blears announce her resignation from the Cabinet. This was seen as a calculated act coming as it did the day before the local elections. Ms Blears’ resignation statement lacked the usual niceties about “being an honour to serve the people and work for a great Prime Minister” and “wishing him success in the future” and is translated by The Telegraph.
The news channels and blogosphere thought something more was going to happen. Was there going to be a Geoffrey Howe speech moment at Prime Minister’s Questions? Comedian Mitch Benn had me coughing tea over my keyboard when he compared Gordon Brown’s cabinet to the last five minutes of Blake’s 7.
What could the possible timetable be for a second unelected Prime Minister? Could Labour get away with that? Who would it be? Would, as I suggested, someone visit Number 10 and give Gordon the proverbial drink and pistol with a single bullet or would someone cry “Speak, hands for me!” in a public arena?
Prime Minister’s Questions didn’t turn out to be the brutal political theatre that Sky News had suggested, although anyone who thinks Gordon Brown didn’t look like a tail end batsman desperately ducking a barrage of bouncers and throat balls might benefit from a trip to Specsavers. A couple of commentators noted that it was the women in the Cabinet who were making decisions which showed Gordon Brown’s lack of authority and control. 10 Drowning Street has noticed this too and commented accordingly.
Political commentators and bloggers eyes’ are on the elections and reshuffle. Who will go where? Who will be fired? Who will resign of their own accord? Who will say “Thanks but no thanks”? Will anyone hand Gordon Brown the pistol or do the deed themselves?
Will things start happening before the election results? Mentioning the election results, don’t forget to tune into Iain Dale and Hopi Sen on PlayRadioUK.com tomorrow for the UK’s only live rolling election results programme.
Already Iain Dale reports that he has heard ID card guru David Blunkett has turned down Gordon Brown and that John Reid, another former Home Secretary and ID card fan, has told Gordon Brown that he should resign.
There is a movement afoot amongst New Labour MPs to remove the Prime Minister. The Guardian reports on how this movement was set up. It used a Hotmail account. When the Interception Modernisation Programme comes in, the UK “government” will be able to track these e-mails and identify the people involved. That’s intercepting and tracking private correspondence, something Heydrich would have loved to be able to do. Bet New Labour are wishing it was already in place.
Just thought you’d like to know that.