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Friday, September 20, 2013

Master of the dark arts?

Who would have thought that real life could trump the farcical drama of The Thick of it? Well, anybody who has had any experience of politics really. Nevertheless, the revelations of Gordon Brown's aide, Damian McBride are jaw-dropping in parts. And was Tony Blair really as naive as painted?

The Telegraph says that Mr. McBride, who was Mr Brown’s former communications chief, has claimed that he discredited the former prime minister’s enemies by tipping off the media about drug use, spousal abuse, alcoholism and extramarital affairs:

In an autobiography that will cast a shadow over Labour’s party conference in Brighton next week, Mr McBride admits attempting to ruin the careers of the former home secretaries Charles Clarke and John Reid.

Mr McBride claims that he did it all out of “devotion” and “some degree of love” for Mr Brown, whom he describes as “the greatest man I ever met”.

The disclosures will cause acute embarrassment to Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, and Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, who were allies of Mr Brown during his time in Downing Street.

The question that the Labour Leader needs to answer is how much he knew and when. Having been a member of what was clearly a dysfunctional Labour Government once, can he guarantee that it won't be the same under his leadership?

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