The Prime Minister is facing a cabinet in revolt after Hazel Blears and other senior figures took a defiant stand against moves to shift or demote them in his next reshuffle.That’s the drawback with being a domineering bully – you may stay at the top for a while through those methods, but soon circumstances change, and the people you trampled on to get where you are start eyeing your position hungrily.
The Communities Secretary launched a public relations offensive to save her job after Mr Brown condemned her expenses claims as ' completely unacceptable'.But Gordon, as ever, fumbled the killing shot and the wounded quarry turned on him with a ferocity he didn’t expect, and had no defence for:
Mr Brown toughened his stance against Miss Blears yesterday amid claims that he was trying to force her to resign
But after she made fierce complaints, the Prime Minister was forced to send out his official spokesman to say that she was doing a 'good job' and insist that she had broken neither Commons rules or the law.Ooooh, pwned!
She quickly leapt on that admission, proclaiming to the TV cameras that Mr Brown had 'full confidence' in her and inflated his praise to 'great job'.Which is something you don’t dare to do to a strong PM.
So, yet another sign that Gordon’s doomed…
Friends of Miss Blears made clear that she is prepared to embarrass Mr Brown if she is ill treated.Intriguing!
'She knows where the bodies are buried, that's certainly true,' one said. 'She is not going to quit because the criticism has been unfair.
A senior Labour figure said: 'You can't plan a reshuffle around those who have transgressed on their expenses because that would quickly involve a whole lot of people.' Mr Darling is also resisting any attempt to move him amid Whitehall talk that the PM would like to replace him with his most trusted ally Ed Balls, the Schools Secretary.Oh, this is going to get bloody!
A source warned that Mr Brown might find several cabinet ministers prepared to wreck his reshuffle rather than accept a demotion or sideways move.Surely it’s time for that glass of whisky and loaded revolver in the drawing room now?
'Gordon is going to find that playing Fantasy Cabinet on the back of an envelope won't make it happen’
On second thought, he’d only miss again….