Whatever should one make of this on LabourHome?
by 12345678 on Fri Dec 21, 2007 at 10:42:03 AM GMTHappy New Year Gordon? Perhaps now is time to find out who Tom Watson has given presents to recently? LabourHomies say it's a tory trolling plot.
There is noise circulating this morning of a telephone conference that took place last night involving 17 MP's. The rumour is that this discussion did not involve any of the 'usual suspects', but loyal back benchers and some members of the Government.
The prospect of a delegation being sent to see Brown was discussed, with the intention of explaining that backbench support has been seriously eroded notwithstanding efforts from some senior backbenchers to calm the storms at recent PLP meetings (Kaufman, Skinner et al).
The word is that unless poll ratings improve by late Jan 08, it is more likely than not that the PM will be told he should step aside for the sake of the Party. Apparently senior figures, including a handful of Cabinet members who are briefing openly, fear a 'total meltdown' in terms of results in the May elections next year if he is still in place. One very senior member was reported to have told of 'widespread dismay' at the PM's inability to 'do the politics' necessary to sidestep issues.
Apparently (although who knows why!) the election of Nick Clegg has worried many MPs - another youthful, witty leader who with Cameron will continue to make the PM look out of touch...