What an hilarious over-reaction there has been by the Labour Party to the research by Danny Finkelstein at the Times about the Bob Shrum similarities in Gordon Brown's speech. Initially they just rubbished it, and then Andy Burnham decided it was actually part of an 'insidious smear' campaign by the Times which has apparently become an arm of the Tory Party.
The last point stems from The Fink's previous job as scriptwriter for William Hague, which apparently invalidates his analysis. You have to love the way supposedly intelligent people roll out these weak play the man and not the ball arguments don't you? It's a bit like me saying that if the Fink criticises Cameron it's nonsense because he used to be in the SDP. As Blair once said in Opposition. 'Weak, weak, weak'.
The fact is Brown's speech was littered with lifted phrases from past clients of Shrum. It's a mild embarassment, that is all. Reacting like a cornered animal and lashing out a paper that has been largely supportive of you for ten years saying it's involved in some sort of anti-Brown conspiracy tells us far more about the personal insecurities of Brown than the amusing, but largely meaningless plageurism ever could.