US be­lieved Brown was ‘abysmal’: Wik­iLeaks

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

LONDON: US of­fi­cials be­lieved for­mer Gor­don Brown had an "abysmal track record" and lurched "from po­lit­i­cal dis­as­ter to dis­as­ter," US doc­u­ments re­vealed by Wik­iLeaks showed.

The Guardian Fri­day pub­lished leaked ca­bles sent from the US em­bassy in London in which US of­fi­cials dis­missed the Bri­tish leader's at­tempts to guide his "rud­der­less" Labour party af­ter Tony Blair stepped down in 2007.

A cable sent by then US am­bas­sador Robert Tut­tle on July 31, 2008, spec­u­lated on the pos­si­bil­ity that Brown could be ousted as party leader.

"As Gor­don Brown lurches from po­lit­i­cal dis­as­ter to dis­as­ter, West­min­ster is abuzz with spec­u­la­tion about whether he will be re­placed," the memo be­gan. The cable con­cluded that be­cause of "Brown's abysmal track record," Labour MPs se­ri­ously con­sid­ered stag­ing a coup.

In an­other memo dated March 3, 2008, Tut­tle sug­gested that Labour MPs sensed the party was "rud­der­less" fol­low­ing Blair's de­par­ture.

"Even though Blair ended up un­pop­u­lar, he was the sun around which the party or­bited, and his speeches, no mat­ter the con­tent, sparked an emo­tional re­sponse," Tut­tle said.

"Brown's earnest and praise­wor­thy vi­sion ex­cites no op­po­si­tion and yet it seems to ex­cite no great en­thu­si­asm ei­ther," he added.

Tut­tle pin­pointed for­mer for­eign sec­re­tary David Miliband as the most suit­able re­place­ment fol­low­ing an elec­tri­fy­ing speech at the 2008 Labour party con­fer­ence.

Miliband even­tu­ally lost out to his younger brother, Ed, in the Septem­ber 2010 lead­er­ship vote af­ter Brown re­signed fol­low­ing a crush­ing de­feat in May's gen­eral elec­tion.

"David Miliband pro­vided rare mo­ments of star power for a party that seems in­creas­ingly to miss Tony Blair's charisma," Tut­tle said in the March cable. "In an oth­er­wise low key con­fer­ence, the fris­son of ex­cite­ment when­ever...Miliband ap­peared was pal­pa­ble," he added. -Afp

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