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New Labour's 12th anniversary in power was marked on 2 May 2009. Steep has been the decline of the high hopes that greeted its victory. A movement that was committed to the democratic modernisation of Britain has imposed a Prime Minister who has not won a mandate at a general election nor secured for himself the smaller but still significant legitimacy that comes from fighting a contested leadership election within his own party. The supposed economic miracle Gordon Brown thought would allow the newly rich to provide the tax revenues for public works and wealth redistribution has crashed into a thousand pieces. Most sinisterly, what we once called "spin", and a more plain-speaking age would have called "propaganda", has degenerated from the manipulation of the press that all governments practise into character assassination and career destruction.

Keep the crisis of legitimacy and the inability to manage the country's finances in mind when you think about what I suppose I can get away with calling the Downing Street filth machine. The political and the economic failures are bound up with the scandalous lies Brown's trusted hitman Damian McBride concocted at the taxpayers' expense.

The Prime Minister and his acolytes are often criticised by women politicians and journalists for their laddishness. Their smears show that the feminists were too kind - far too kind. The Prime Minister's world is more than macho: it is obscene - a place so lost in pornographic fantasy that it can invent libels about the mental state of the wife of a political opponent, while never wondering what its obsessive interests say about its own neuroses.

To put it as politely as I can, dildos loom large in the Brownite imagination. The Sunday Times reported, "In his most lurid slur, McBride suggests that ‘secret tapes' exist containing evidence that Osborne had sex with the prostitute. McBride makes obscene allegations about the use of a sex aid and also claims that drugs were taken." McBride then went on to tell Labour's pornographers to invent a tale about Nadine Dorries, a Tory backbencher, having "a one-night stand with a married colleague during a party away day". Once again, Labour was to "hint that a sex aid was accidentally left in a hotel bedroom". David Cameron was to be spared the full treatment - his young son had just died, after all. Out of respect, the Brownites decided to confine themselves to suggesting that he had a sexually transmitted disease.

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russ
February 25th, 2010
6:02 PM
All becomes clear, Browns only qualification is a degree in Soviet History, the article above could have been written about about Lenin, what on earth has happened to our once great democracy, wherein honour and decency were once held in high regard?

jimleen
February 25th, 2010
4:02 PM
For 12 years, the media have portrayed Brown as a financial genius, prudent et al. So few journos are going to write about just how wrong they'd been, how conned they'd been, and how they lied to the public.

HJBbradders
February 25th, 2010
4:02 PM
All this has shades of Germany around 1933.

Penfold
February 25th, 2010
3:02 PM
Nice piece of work. All the better for blowing the lid on malpractice and missfeasance

Ethan
February 25th, 2010
2:02 PM
Oh boy Nick I just hope your well covered. How low Britain has sunk to have a complete loony at the helm. Those Brownies are just like their pack leader. Utterly insane.

Johnathan Edwads
February 25th, 2010
2:02 PM
A brave man (or woman) dies but once, a coward dies many times. Too many press, radio and tv journalists have lacked courage and failed to tell the British public the truth. We all know we are being lied to every day. Without honest and courageous reporting how can we discover the truth?

Guy Herbert
February 25th, 2010
2:02 PM
The "British people" still doesn't know. Only the tiny minority who read Guido and the political weeklies, or who devote a rare attention to the political features in some of the broadsheets.

johnd
February 25th, 2010
1:02 PM
"Kevin Maguire, the Mirror's amiable political editor". There is nothing amiable about Maguire, he is more than happy to spin for Brown and is also adept at smear and innuendo. He is no poor put upon hack but a trusted comrade. If he wrote about Muslims in the same way he writes about the Tories he would have been prosecuted for incitement to hatred. An interesting article but failing to include Maguire as one of the guilty is a serious error.

amelia
February 25th, 2010
1:02 PM
"But Britain isn't a police state or anything like one. In real dictatorships people suffer for their beliefs. The only true suffering Brown has inflicted is on Britain's idea of itself. " - Tell that to the Shade of Dr David Kelly

Sky Blue Peter
February 25th, 2010
12:02 PM
Brave and timely, Nick. Thank you. It seems very clear now that in a few years there will be tales from the recent past that the moral left (a term that should be tautologous, but clearly now isn't)will be ashamed of. What you don't address is what we can do about it. Hope for an election defeat? Difficult. But if it happens, for God's sake let us have a generational change at the top of the Labour party, and with it a comprehensive shedding of the Brownite baggage. Let's avoid the Tory post-1997 decade of navel-gazing and Titanic deckchair-shuffling. The next Parliament is going to be severely constrained, bloody hard work; and very unpopular very quickly, whoever wins. The really important election is already 2014.

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