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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Incompetent Brown threatens consensus on dealing with terror

Today, the left-leaning Observer reports that Blair has made an "unprecedented apology" to David Cameron, after Brown claimed credit for two Conservative anti-terror policies which are being implemented. There have been ongoing talks on confidential Privy Council terms for some years, ensuring that the parties can form a consensus on anti-terror policies and providing a strong, united front to defend British citizens against terrorist threats.

These talks have included long standing, regular meetings between the Home Scretary John Reid and David Davies and fellow 'Binsonian Nick Clegg, his opposite numbers within the Conservative and Lib Dem front benches respectively. One of the policis had come from very recent discussions between Blair and David Cameron himself.

The policies in question called for a review of the current policy of excluding evidence obtained through phone tapping from courts and allowing police to continue questionning terrorist suspects after the have been charged.

Blair and Reid have been forced to publicly admit that the two policies touted by Brown as evidence that he is tough on crime, were both proposed by the Tories. Reid is said to be irritated at Brown's gaff.

Amazingly, a Brownite source tells the paper, "Gordon has been thinking through how you build consensus on these issues".

I would have thought that the first stage in building a consensus is to discuss matters with the other parties involved, rather than announcing them to the press in an attempt to gain points for being tough on terror! This raises serious questions about Brown's leadership skills; at least we won't have to wait long for those questions to be answered now.

UPDATE: Iain Dale has an interesting take on the whole sorry saga. After the initial reports about Brown's tough stance on terror in last Sunday's press, he exclusively revealed that Brown had provided the story to selected papers on the condition that they reported the press release as written, without any opportunity for other parties to comment. All the papers involved denied is immediatly. However, the new revalations provide a clear motive and strongly suggest the Ian's barking up the right tree, at the very least. Iain's take on today's developments is available here.


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