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Brown Falls Apart

One of the most important members of Gordon Brown’s cabinet, Hazel Blears, has resigned today, the day before a set of local and European elections. At Oxford we called this a “knifing” — as in a knife in the back — and a particularly vicious knifing it is, too. See here for an excellent parsing of her resignation letter, which is also a useful introduction to just how nasty and underhanded British cabinet politics can be. Brown’s days are numbered.

Especially as there’s a good chance he might come fourth in the European elections. Remember, he’d probably have won an election and spelled the end for David Cameron if he’d called an election soon after he took over from Tony Blair. Talking of whom, I wonder how big the smile is on Tony’s face these days.

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