Nick Brown’s choice of Christmas card is, I suspect, quite revealing about the mindset of the gang of people that Gordon Brown surrounds himself with. Earlier this year of course there was the whole Red Rag debacle and Labour has been at pains to insist that everything has now changed with the departure of Damian McBride.
But seriously, what does it say about the psychology of someone who chooses to ridicule a political rival as the subject for his Christmas card? It isn’t even as if the Lib Dems are the big threat to Labour at the moment. Or perhaps Nick Brown has been looking at those opinion polls which have put the Lib Dems within the margin of error from beating Labour and decided that the real game during the general election is ensuring that Labour doesn’t completely disintegrate?
Gordon Brown is in some ways a lot like John Major but there is one very important difference. For Major, the “bastards” were the numerous people in his own team who were constantly plotting behind his back. Brown’s bastards on the other hand were hand picked personally by him to plot on his behalf. I suspect this distinction speaks volumes and explains why it is that while most people remember Major with at least some degree of affection (a man out of his depth doing his best), Brown will simply be remembered as a bad prime minister.