A memo by Tony Blair, written in the aftermath of the Labour Party Annual conference last year, in which allegedly he accused Gordon Brown of a “lamentable” and “vacuous” performance, has been made public now, the most unfortunate time for the beleaguered prime minister.
Blair was irked at his policies being ditched by Brown without replacing them with better ones of his own. Blair also lamented that the Tory leader David Cameron looked modern and substantial in comparison to Brown.
He wrote, “I am passing this message on to GB — not in these terms — and will try to help, but at present, there is every indication that the lessons will not be learnt. There has been a lamentable confusion of tactics and strategy.”
The disclosures have come at a difficult time for Brown as it has come just days after David Miliband’s explosive intervention when he positioned himself as Labour’s leader in waiting and amid further rumblings from MPs over Brown’s performance. It has re-ignited the row over his future.
Blairites, it is said, are now aggressively opposing Brown. Stephen Byers, a key former Blairite minister, also attacked Brown saying his policies were inadequate for the challenge facing Labour. He added Labour had a mountain to climb in order to win next election.