BskyB debate – enter Gordon Brown MP
Ex PM Gordon Brown (who had already waded in to the NOTW (#Hackgate) row by spilling his own beans about News International and how they hacked/blagged/ obtained his and his son Fraser’s information.
I can honestly say that he was back to his best. Powerful and articulate and not hampered by the burden of being PM. He cracked jokes that were funny (not uncomfortable) and his smiles weren’t forced or like a rictus grin. Standing there in the third row of a crowded commons towering above those around him, he looked like the big clunking Labour fist that Tony Blair described him as.
The Government benches were filled too but were missing their Leader. The PM decided he had better things to do than answer any questions that might embarass him further.
PMQ’s and a clash with Ed Miliband over Coulson, a statement to the house about enquiries and he needed a wee lie down. I suppose it was too much to hope that he might take part in an open debate where there was no bell or limit to the questions that might be asked.
Add to that the Guardian editor stated that the PM’s answers during PMQ’s were misleading. So no real surprise that a commons baying for blood wouldn’t see the PM, just his patsy Jeremy Hunt.
There was some good stuff from Ed Miliband, Chris Bryant and others but the star of the show was Gordon Brown.
BskyB deal may be dead for the moment, and a judicial review making the issue go away for a while but Dave cannot rest easy. His jacket is most definately on a shaky peg.
One thing is for certain, the PM is mired in #NOTW muck and his hope that a judicial review would embarass Labour into backing off (after all we were in Govt for 13 years) looks like a failed strategy. Gordon is more than happy to defend his record.
I hope that this will see the return to the house of Gordon Brown, a true political colossus, his input and gravitas is very much missed.
I am so glad I watched it now, truly one of the best speeches / debates in a coons age.
This #hackgate gets more like #watergate everyday. see you later Dave.