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Douglas Alexander urged Gordon Brown to sack McBride

22 September 2013

8:58 PM

22 September 2013

8:58 PM

Ed Miliband is not the only person who wanted Gordon Brown to sack Damian McBride. At an IPPR fringe event this evening, Douglas Alexander told The Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland he urged the Prime Minister to sack McBride over media briefings that his sister Wendy should be sacked; briefings which McBride claimed came from Douglas:

‘I did urge Gordon to dismiss someone, it was Damian McBride. That might explain the way he has briefed against me then and writes about me now.

‘Listen, I was always a supporter of my sister. The politics that he represents is destructive, divisive and ultimately, deeply damaging to our politics and our cause.

‘That was the view I held then — I expressed it on a number of occasions. It’s what he did and what he does. I’m glad it’s now a postscript on Labour’s history.’

McBride isn’t very happy about Alexander’s comments, and has taken to Twitter to respond:

Such rows over anonymous briefings tend to either fizzle out, or run on and on. Journalists don’t reveal their sources, and so won’t reveal who it was who briefed them about certain embarrassing stories, so unless someone else finds themselves in the sort of confessional mood that led McBride to write his memoirs, we’ll likely never know for certain. But the party leadership will be hoping that the fizzling out will happen sooner rather than later.

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  • Noa

    ‘I did urge Gordon to dismiss someone, it was Damian McBride. That might
    explain the way he has briefed against me then and writes about me now.”

    “Thou art the best o’ the cut-throats: yet he’s good
    That did the like for Fleance: if thou didst it,
    Thou art the nonpareil.”

  • Peter Stroud

    The fact that Messrs Miliband, Balls and Alexander might well be governing us in 2015, makes my blood run cold.

  • McRobbie

    They are circling the wagons around themselves aren’t they…deflecting the slings and arrows with “it wus another cowboys job to shoot them, I just pointed out where the indians were”

  • Tony_E

    Isn’t it amazing, how all these people implored Gordon to sack McBride.

  • alabenn

    One of the most hilarious things to come out of this is, Alaister Campbell is running around saying he never resorted to this kind of thing, that he thought it was going on but could not prove it, as though proof were a requirement by him of Dodgy Dossier fame, hundreds of thousands died partly as a result of this mans probity and truth!

  • Wessex Man

    Yes it stirs the heart, all the fuss about our “self made comedian” slapping an uppity not very good TV reporter over the head seem rather trivial, I always said Gordy was a baddy!

  • James Strong

    ‘Such rows over anonymous briefings tend to either fizzle out, or run on and on.’
    Wow!
    In other news, Miliband E either has cornflakes for breakfast, or something else.

  • rtj1211

    Lots of ‘it wasn’t me sir, honest!’ coming out right now.

    Dishonour amongst thieves……..

    • telemachus

      “The politics that he represents is destructive, divisive and ultimately, deeply damaging to our politics and our cause.”
      No no no
      And you will not hear apology from me
      Damian helped get rid of revisionist warmonger Blair and deserves our thanks

      • McRobbie

        And got the superstar, the balloon brown, in to destroy our economy. No thanks.

  • Jimmy R

    I’m puzzled. Yesterday Sillybland was allegedly completely in the dark about anything McBride was up to. Today Sillybland allegedly demanded Brown get rid of McBride.

    Why would he demand McBride was dumped if he hadn’t a clue he was doing anything wrong? The only thing which really does ring true is that Sillybland is completely clueless and sets out every day to prove it.

  • Colonel Mustard

    The sense of deja vu is staggering. All those solemn faced men wearing headphones and swearing they had nothing to do with the crimes of the regime.

    Labour truly are war criminals, criminals and traitors.

    • telemachus

      If you listened to Ed Balls magnificent interview on Today you will hear that he did not fall into that trap
      He acknowledged friendship and said what he, Ed had said to Damian
      Magnificent

      • Colonel Mustard

        C’est magnifique mais ce n’est pas la vérité.

      • fubar_saunders

        utter bollocks. Total and utter bollocks.

  • Nicholas chuzzlewit

    Hilarious and ironic. All these Labour apparatchiks were screaming from the rooftops that it was incompetent and cowardly of, for example, the RBS Board not to step in and sack Fred Goodwin when they new the policies he was following would be disastrous. Surprise, surprise, they are all now rushing to the microphones to say that they felt that McBride should have been sacked but at the time they were to supine and cowardly to do anything about it. By the way, do messrs Clarke and Reid now have a case for claiming ‘Destructive Dismissal’? (For any thick lefties who need that explained, I mean as opposed to Constructive Dismissal).

    • starfish

      According to arseborne/telemachus the blessed Diane Abbott is big on public accountability. Considering tbe damage done by mcbride I assume all these people will be resigning

      • Andy

        Well how about the Police investigating McScum for his admitted crimes – leaking Official Secrets for example (See the Official Secrets Act which he signed).

  • starfish

    Strange how apparently everyone wanted to sack him then. No hint at the time

    • Andy

      Yes indeed. They all protest now, but did nothing at the time. One can only assume the silence at the time condoned consent.

    • David_Boothroyd

      That’s wrong – there was a great deal made public at the time. When McBride was finally moved away from direct press briefing in October 2008, it was very widely reported that the move had been prompted by complaints at how he was operating.

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