Monday, February 26, 2007
Eluned wades in
Eluned Morgan, a member of the European Parliament, said Mr Brown lacked Tony Blair's communication skills and had a poor record on European affairs.
Although she stressed she was still supporting Mr Brown as the next Labour leader, her remarks come at a time when some Labour MPs are privately nervous of a Brown premiership. Opinion polls suggest he may struggle to beat David Cameron at the next general election.
Ms Morgan told a fringe meeting at Welsh Labour's conference in Llandudno that she admired the Chancellor. "He is the person who has redistributed wealth to the poorest part of our society, yes, sometimes by stealth, but the results have been unbelievable," she said.
But she went on, "He does have weaknesses, and we need somebody to rebalance some of those areas... whichever way you look at it, Gordon Brown does not have those communication skills and we need someone to counterbalance that.
"The other area where I think Gordon is a little bit weak - and I am a big fan of Gordon - is on the European Union, and even his inner circle admit there are weaknesses. It [the EU] is one of our arch weapons against Cameron."
Maybe there is something in all this talk about Labour Parliamentarians casting around for an alternative leadership contender after all.
This is off topic but you may not be aware that Cllr Mike Oborski died a fortnight ago. You still have a link with his name on. It might be appropriate to change it when you have time.
A friend has just rung to tell me. He was a very good guy who played a big part in developing Liberal and later Lib dem campaigning ideas. Quite one off and not to be forgotten.