It seems that stories are pouring out now about Our Dear Leader. Allegation after allegation sneaks its way into the media, each more apparently scurrilous than the last. Claims and counter-claims are issued, “impartial” witnesses appear, the Leader of the Opposition weighs in, poll results change …
But is this really a matter of national import?
Is it really a significant matter that the Prime Minister of the country is reputed to be a bully? After his calamitous handling of the economy, his profligate spending, his cack-handed treatment of the military, his repeated thefts from us disguised as munificence, does a little bit of throwing things at secretaries really matter?
I suspect that it does.
Because at the end of it all, you can justify the big things as “policy” or “realpolitik” or ideology. There will be voters out there who genuinely believe that Gordon’s wealth redistribution has not gone far enough. There will be the gullible or the “vote for a moose with a red rosette” brigade who will quite happily endorse Gordon’s policies and activities.Â But nobody likes a bully, not even other bullies.
And that is why this scandal will do nothing to harm the Labour Party, but will do a lot to damage Gordon Brown.