Anti-Brown Rebels Thin on the Ground
The two Blairite loyalists, Alan Milburn and Charles Clarke, had hoped to wave the banner of defiance at Gordon Brown with their much heralded meeting at the House of Commons today for the launch of their new website, '2020 vision'. They invited Labour backbenchers to attend, and the clear implication was that for 'policy debate', read 'how do we stop Brown becoming leader'. Well, Labour MP's may be rattled by the current wave of opinion polls which show Cameron besting Brown, but they are clearly not prepared to bet anything on Brown doing anything other than winning the Labour leadership. A bare dozen of them turned up to the Clarke-Milburn, meeting today. Looks like Labour is still headed for a coronation.