James Purnell knocks another plank out of the Cabinet

On the day of the Brown fightback we learn of the arcane rules of the Labour party which make challenging a Labour PM very difficult. No-one persuaded Mr Purnell, who clearly thinks that if he and others like him keep on walking out, the momentum will become unstoppable.

The Chancellor seems to have worked out that he can make the sack more difficult to administer if he refuses in advance any other job. The rebels have now staked out some of their positions. Do they have the numbers to make it work?


    June 4, 2009

    The dam has burst now the elections are over.

    Milliband next…more to follow!

  2. Johnny Norfolk
    June 4, 2009

    Do they have the numbers to make it work?

    I hope so, we want our country back from the carpet baging labour party.

  3. alan jutson
    June 5, 2009

    But the plank is above the waterline.

    It will only have an effect if the seas get more rough.

    There are more planks in better positions which need to come out.

    Only time will tell.

    Interesting this, MP’s and planks.

    One wonders if the planks are thick enough to stop the cabinet from sinking.

  4. Denis Cooper
    June 5, 2009

    For 99% of the population the first question would be:

    “Who is James Purnell?”

    quickly followed by:

    “And why should I care?”

    I hear that Purnell is amongst the brightest and best of the younger Labour politicians, and his departure from the Cabinet is a great loss and a grievous blow to Brown, but I’m pretty sure that the latter can easily find some other non-entity to fail to do whatever job the former was failing to do.

  5. Citizen Responsible
    June 5, 2009

    Another one bites the dust. John Hutton has resigned as Defence Secretary. Thats 4 cabinet members to tender their resignation in the last week so far. How can Gordon Brown survive as PM?

  6. Kevin Lohse
    June 5, 2009

    Dear John. I think I may have detected an editorial error. Should the headline be,

    “James Purnell. Another Plank out of the Cabinet”?

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