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Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Has Labour succumbed to anger rather than hope?

A great article by Rachel Sylvester in today's Times pretty much sums up what I've already said about the McBride email scandal (see below).

Sylvester is spot on at pointing to the laddish and bullying atmosphere that surrounds Brown.

She is also right that his brand of politics is driven more by anger than hope. Who ever voted for that? If you're in doubt, ask John McCain.

And I was pleased that Alan Milburn and Stephen Byers both spoke out today against this culture which has been allowed to creep into our politics. I know they have their own axes to grind, but in all honesty, who can blame them? They know what it's like to be on the receiving end of such innuendo and smears.

A colleague said to me today that you have got to expect a bit of rough and tumble in politics and after all, it was a "dirty business". But, there is a difference between negative campaigning and exposing your opponents weaknesses and viciously going after people in the way McBride had planned to do. It's immature, petty and not very effective.

As the affair drags on, it leaves me feeling more and more depressed about the leadership of the Party.

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